Work Party – Update

To all :
Please come help me clean up a <wild area> of three Phyllostachys that are running wild among white pines. Phyllostachys aureosulcata, iridescens and parvifolia are cruising beyond where I want them. It is a mess. No sugar coating : poison ivy and ticks live here too. I’ll provide drinks and snacks. Lots of other species to see. Happy to share what I have. Just bring sharp tools, proper footwear, and the will to help clean this up. We can grill, order pizzas, whatever.
If you want to camp, absolutely fine. Clean spring-fed pond nearby for cooling off!
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20th, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 
Please RSVP so I have enough to drink and eat ! THANK YOU
Many thanks to Sonja Sheasley from Mashpee, MA who came to help me cut, clean and thin! It was tropical humidity, and we braved poison ivy through lots of sweat, but Sonja took home some great poles for a fence project, and my grove is much more attractive!
Thanks to Ned Newton who came from Westport, MA, too, bringing a nice potted Borinda yulongshanensis, which he generously gave to Sonja to try in her garden.  And last but not least, KUDOS to Zach Kashgagian, who came over from Bridgewater, MA and spent 4 hours helping me thin and clean!  I hope you don’t have too much poison ivy rash!  Zach was a trooper! We talked plants the whole time, working in the shade of the bamboo canopy.
Today I am expecting Anthony Poveromo from Amenia, New York! He is a monster in the grove!
Later, we will take a load of bamboo browse over to Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford to feed the two elephants living there, Emily and Ruth!
Tomorrow, August 21, we host the Refugee Artisans of Worcester. From Nepal, Sikkim, Thailand, and Vietnam, these artisans have a hard time finding bamboo here in Massachusetts for their traditional crafts. Weavers and carvers, they settle for my  Phyllostachys, although it is not their genus from home. We will have David Chin-fei Wang from Bamboo Bicycles Beijing  to talk about making bamboo bicycles.
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NEC FALL 2016 News

Welcome New Members!

It was so nice seeing all our long-time members at the 2016 Annual Meeting in DC. A special thanks to new NEC members Luke Pragle, Zach Gould, Jack Becker and Isabella Giuliano for finding us. Looking forward to many more annual meetings in the future with you all!

NEC Grove Management

David Andrews is hosting Northeast Chapter members and guests to work in his groves November 6th

Please join us from 8a – 6p at David’s home. 14450 Homecrest Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906.

$15 / person for lunch and drink (sausages and veggies).

If you plan on joining, please RSVP to

ABS Annual Meeting Summary

ABS Annual Meeting 2016 was a great success!

Thanks to Andrew Linn and team, the Northeast Chapter did a fantastic job of hosting the recent Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society.  The Key Bridge Marriott was a great location for the top-notch conference presentations, access to Georgetown and sightseeing spots, and situated well for the Thursday tours and Saturday’s fun activities at Ticonderoga Farm.

Many thanks to long-time member David Andrews, who generously invited the tour group to his two sites in suburban Maryland. I’m sure for many visitors, this was a highlight of the weekend!

Over 60 people attended the conference, coming from as far away as South Africa (thanks, Luc!), Uganda (thanks, Joseph!), Mexico (Eduardo, Guillermo y Martin), India (thanks, Nirmala!), and state-side, from Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, and more. We had a great showing from throughout our region, and we welcomed a few new members!

We raised over $2,500 through the silent and live auctions, which is money committed to the ABS for sponsoring bamboo research grants. Bravo!

Personally I want to thank the NEC board members who helped out tons: Anthony Poveromo, Scott & Stephanie Ritchie, Ned and Elizabeth Newton, and especially Andrew Linn. The local help was incredible: special thanks to Hugo, Jack, Hannah, and Zach.  Not only were they there to assist Andrew with so many details, they did all the food prep and cooking on Saturday. Cooking inside bamboo culms over charcoal is a memorable meal!

We are already planning next year’s ABS Annual Meeting : next stop, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in November, 2017. Save the date!

Thank you all,
Susanne Lucas,
President, ABS


Researchers awarded a $300,000 NSF grant to study bamboo as a construction material

Engineers from University of Pittsburgh and University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

The engineers, who hosted a symposium about full-culm bamboo construction standards at the University of Pittsburgh in May, will use the grant to “apply materials and mechanical engineering principles to modeling, field tests, and design equations, thereby placing bamboo on the same engineering footing as more conventional materials such as wood.”

Pritzker Prize-winning architect lobbies for bamboo

Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect and curator of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, presented a keynote address at the Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador. Speaking about affordable housing and humble materials, Aravena promoted the use of bamboo and mud as inexpensive and innovative materials with long histories of use in human habitations.


The Bamboo Forest

Thoughts about bamboo from Great Britain…


Do you love bamboo and love talking about bamboo? Then help us out! Help us by contributing to the newsletter, or hosting a meeting / garden visit, or posting on FB. Contact me and I’ll help push you along:

Many thanks for your continued support of the Northeast Chapter.

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2016 Annual Meeting of the ABS

Thank you for joining us this week in Washington DC for the 2016 American Bamboo Society Annual Conference. Please see the attached program for a full schedule, list of speakers, and addresses of the locations that we will be visiting. The schedule is also listed below.
The Key Bridge Marriott will be our home base. Our first event is on Wednesday September 14th: the ABS Board Meeting, held at the Key Bridge Marriott’s Potomac Salon Room on the first floor. All are welcome to join and observe the proceedings.
On Thursday Sept 15th, we will meet in the lobby of the hotel and depart by 9:00a for our first grove visit.
The conference on Friday Sept 16th will begin at 9:00a in the Marriott’s Potomac Salon Room on the first floor, with tea and coffee available before. We’ll spend the day learning about contemporary bamboo research in the US and around the world.
On Saturday Sept 17th, we will meet in the lobby of the hotel and depart by 9:00a for Ticonderoga Farms.
If you have any questions this weekend or throughout the week, please email or call one of us:
Andrew Linn
Zach Gould
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Andrew Linn
Zach Gould
Jack Becker
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209
9:00a – ABS Board Meeting
9:00a – Bus to Oxon Hill Grove (Meet at Key Bridge Marriott)
10:00a – Tour Oxon Hill Grove – 7204 Abbington Drive, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
11:00a – Bus to US Arboretum
11:30a – Tour US Arboretum (Panera sandwiches provided) – 3501 New York Ave NE, WDC 20002
2:00p – Bus to Aspen Hill Grove
3:00p – Tour Aspen Hill Grove – 14432 Homecrest Road, Silver Spring MD 20906
5:00p – Bus to Key Bridge Marriott
8:00a – Registration & Drinks
9:00a – Welcome and Intro – Andrew Linn & Susanne Lucas
9:15a – Lynn Clark – Iowa State University
10:00a – Martin Mortera – DICMA Trade
10:30a – Nirmala Chongtham – Panjab University
11:15a – Daphne Lewis – Farming Bamboo
12:00a – Lunch Provided (at Key Bridge Marriott)
1:00p – Sonja Sheasley – BumBoosa / NooTrees
1:45p – David Wang – Beijing Bamboo Bicycles
2:30p – Noah Bell – Bamboo Garden Nursery
3:15p – Sri Kumar – DARPA
4:00p – Discussion
6:00p – Dinner & Entertainment! (at Key Bridge Marriott)
9:00a – Bus to Ticonderoga Farms (Meet at Key Bridge Marriott)
10:00a – Tour Ticonderoga Farms – 26175 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly VA 20152
1:00p – Cookout! Veggies Rice and Chicken in Bamboo Culms
2:00p – Membership Meeting
2:30p – ABS Plant Auction
4:00p – Bus to Key Bridge Marriott
8:00a – Zoo Fiesta Day at the National Zoo – 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC 20008
10:00a – World Bamboo Day Begins! Hosted by the World Bamboo Organization
3:00p – World Bamboo Day Ends
7:00p – National Zoo Closes
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American Bamboo Society

The Good 

Bamboo in the Urban Environment Symposium hosted by University of Pittsburgh

40 bamboo engineers, researchers and advocates met at the University of Pittsburgh on May 5 to discuss the current state of international bamboo building codes. Summaries of research were presented by teams from around the world, and by the conclusion of the meeting a document called the “Pittsburgh Declaration” was created to direct future actions taken toward incorporating bamboo building materials in the urban environment.

The Bad

Lower Marion Township meets to discuss bamboo bans

Like other communities in the Northeastern US, Lower Marion Township is considering bans on certain types of bamboos. Bad bamboo experiences begin with improper planting and installation. The ABS’s mission to educate and advocate for bamboo has never been more critical.

The “We’ll Take It”

The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Chang discovers tasty bamboo shoots growing in her backyard

Setting aside her frustrating relationship to her uncontrolled bamboo, Chang learns from her neighbors how to harvest, prepare and enjoy fresh bamboo shoots. Not exactly a bamboo endorsement, but big exposure for a little-known treat in our region.




Bamboo Projects @ Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition

Simon Velez and Vo Trong Nghia showcase bamboo

At an exhibition that showcases the world’s best and brightest architects and designers, bamboo had a starring role in the projects of architects from opposite sides of the globe. Velez, a Colombian architect, presented “New Ways of Using Bamboo,” while Nghia  presented “Human-Meditation-Nature.


Another Bamboo Addition to Guinness Book of World Records 

That’s a big pen!



14 – 18 September 2016

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Northeast Chapter

Registration form can be found here:

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, September 15


Tour :  to suburban Maryland to long-time ABS member David Andrews’ home and gardens (2 locations), and then to the United States National Arboretum to see mature grove of Moso,  which was planted in 1980 from seeds given by the ABS.

Price includes bus from Key Bridge Marriott Hotel (Rosslyn, VA) to 3 sites, lunch and return to Key Bridge Marriott Hotel.

Price for ABS members :  $45/ person

Non-Members : $85/ person


Friday, September 16

Location: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, Rosslyn, VA

Morning Speakers :

Lynn Clark, Updates in Research (Iowa State University)

Sri Kumar, Defense Potentials of Bamboo (DARPA)

Nirmala Chontham, Nutrition & more of Bamboo Shoots (Panjab University)

Daphne Lewis, Farming Bamboo – Phyllostachys for Edible Shoots (Georgia)

Lunch provided on-site

Afternoon Speakers :  

Sonja Sheasley, Bamboo’s Role in the Natural Products Industry  (BumBoosa®/ NooTrees®)

Travis Hargett, Building with bamboo in Nicaragua (Peace Corps volunteer)

David Wang, Bamboo Bicycle Workshops and more (Beijing Bamboo Bicycles)

Noah Bell, The Asian Trail project at the National Zoo (Bamboo Garden Nursery)

Price for ABS members : $150 per person

Non-members : $190 per person

Dinner Party (optional) : $95 per person


Saturday, September 17

Bus from Key Bridge Marriott to Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA

Tour of Farm

Vendors and Demonstrations

Presentations/Workshops by:

Shanti Pierce, Bamboo Tea (Florida)

Mauricio Mora, Bamboo Beer (Mexico)       

Darrel DeBoer, Building with Bamboo (California)

David Wang (Beijing Bamboo Bicycles)

Noah Bell, Clumping Bamboos (Oregon)

Scott Ritchie (MD), MaryAnn Silverman (VA), Noah Bell (OR):  Controlling Running Bamboos

Qualla Arts & Crafts, Native American craft of bamboo (North Carolina)

JJ LaCourse, Bamboo Charcoal (HotBambu and Carbon Bamboo, Austin TX)


Lunch on-site, including preparation of bamboo shoots by Daphne & Nirmala

ABS Membership Meeting

ABS Auction

Bus back to Key Bridge Marriott

Dinner on your own. Georgetown or wherever

Price ABS members: $75/person

Non-members: $115/person


Sunday, September 18    World Bamboo Day at the U.S. National Zoo

Fiesta Day!

WBO tent showcases Bamboos of the Americas

With Eduardo Ruiz (American bamboos), Martin Mortera (DICMA Trade, bamboo constructions in Mexico), James Clever (art project with bamboo), Noah Bell (tour of Asian Trail)

Lunch at many locations throughout the Zoo – on your own.

Free.  All are invited. Transportation via Metro or your own way.


Do you love bamboo and love talking about bamboo? Then help us out! Help us by contributing to the newsletter, or hosting a meeting / garden visit, or posting on FB. Contact me and I’ll help push you along:

Many thanks for your continued support of the Northeast Chapter.



2016 Board of Directors


Susanne Lucas, NEC Rep to ABS Board


9 Bloody Pond Road

Plymouth, MA 02360-2201


Stephanie Ritchie


2282 Park Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211


Scott Ritchie


2282 Park Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211


Fran Bartholomew


750 Krumkill Road

Albany, NY 12203-5976


Whitney Adams


48 Bel Aire Drive

Mystic CT 06355-2002


Ned Newton


427 Horseneck Road

South Darmouth, MA 02748


Mike Bartholomew


750 Krumkill Road

Albany, NY 12203-5976


Anthony Poveromo


10 Yellow City Road

Amenia, NY 12501


Andrew Linn


2126 15th St SE

Washington, DC 20020


Ed Woolley


223 Victory Road

Howell, NJ 07731

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NEC ABS Newsletter February 2016

Northeast Chapter ABS February 2016

(sent via Campaign Monitor to NEC members, with pics too)


Planning for the 2016 ABS Annual Meeting is progressing. DC has so many great locations to visit that we won’t be able to see all of them. Currently looking into seeing two member collections, the National Arboretum, the US Botanic Garden, the National Botanic Garden, and/or the National Zoo. A few great speakers are confirmed and we’re hoping a few more will have the time and energy to present their work to us.


Let’s think about where a late spring / early summer NEC event could be. Please contact me with suggestions for ideas for a grove visit, a grove cleaning party, a workshop, or something else entirely.


Some comments about controlling running bamboos with herbicides.
This information was shared by NEC member Whitney Adams of Groton, CT.

As found on National Park Service website,

The following method is effective for control of most exotic invasive bamboos such as golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea), arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica) and others. It was developed by Dr. Francis Gouin, formerly the University of Maryland Agronomist and is presented here with slight modification.

Cut the bamboo down to the ground in spring (e.g., June). Depending on the type of bamboo you are working with, you will need a chain saw, weed whip or weed whacker, Swedish brush axe, pruning snips or other tool that will cut through the bamboo stems. Hand-held pruning snips work fine for the thinner stemmed running bamboos (Psuedosasa), but it is more labor intensive and time consuming. Cut down as low as is comfortable and leave alone for the summer, allowing it to regrow. In October or early November, on a sunny, non-breezy day, spray the leaves of regrown plants with a 2% rate of glyphosate (e.g., Accord® or Roundup Pro®), mixed with water, according to the label directions. Apply thoroughly just to the point of drip. Wait 10-14 days and reapply the glyphosate at the same rate. After the second treatment, leave the bamboo alone. Do not cut, mow, or remove plant material. The following spring, the bamboo will be browned out and should not grow back. At this point, you can cut and remove the dead vegetation. If any bamboo remains or does reappear, repeat the procedure.

From the website of the Missouri Botanical Garden, please note:
Glyphosate does not have soil activity and will only kill plants that are contacted with the spray solution. This makes glyphosate a more useful herbicide option for most areas where bamboo grows. It is important to note that one application of glyphosate will not eradicate bamboo. It will most likely be necessary to mow and spray as many as 4 times for complete bamboo control to be achieved. Persistence is key when targeting running bamboo.

From Mike Johnson, of Summerhill Nursery, Madison, CT:

<< To keep ground cover types of bamboo restricted to a certain area, we have sprayed Roundup (in early summer), all the culm growth beyond the area we wanted contained. All the sprayed areas died, but there was no damage to the area we wanted contained. Of course, this treatment has to be repeated every year or two to keep the planting the desired size, as new rhizomes will spread back into the outer area


If you have not read the official ABS Bamboo Invasiveness and Control Statement, please take a look:
Although it does not outline specific use of herbicides, many of us are looking into chemical methods. Please share your stories of control with us so we can work together to find viable solutions to educate the general public. The on-going attempts of those who do not understand or appreciate bamboo to ban bamboo in municipalities will not stop. As the ABS Chapter for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, we need to be the authority on controlling bamboos.


Bamboo made a few appearances in pop culture this winter.

In landscaping news, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX won a 2016 AIA Honor award. The entrance walkway to the Perot is lined with almost 1000 feet of bamboo, and there are many other uses of bamboo in a landscaping application within walking distance of the Perot.

Two different architectural practices made headlines for their proposals to use bamboo as a construction material. Penda, a Vienna and Beijing practice, has been experimenting with designs for a high-rise bamboo community, while a Chinese graduate student studying in the Netherlands released stunning images of a hypothetical bamboo stadium.

Bamboo is finding its place in fashion and industrial design as well. With companies around the world proving the value of bamboo bikes, it was only a matter of time before they hit the Big Apple – Petal Forward will sell bamboo bikes in NYC that are cost-competitive to traditional bikes and beautiful too.

Glamourous Hollywood is starting to appreciate bamboo as well. The hottest afterparty following the 2015 Golden Globes was held beneath a giant chrome bamboo chandalier, dreamed up by the world-famous designer Tom Ford. Great exposure for our great plant!—OAYV06GJpSKA/

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NEC ABS Newsletter November 2015

Northeast Chapter, ABS September 2015

(sent via Campaign Monitor to NEC members, with pics too)

The ABS Annual Meeting in Xalapa was fantastic!

Thanks to everyone who made the magical meeting possible, especially to our hosts Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez, executive director of BOTA, and Dr. Rogelio Macías. ABS members came from all over the Western Hemisphere. We began the visit with a dreamy tour of Rogelio’s bamboo plantation high in the cloud forest above Xalapa and Coatepec. We saw presentations from a dozen fascinating speakers, on topics as diverse as construction, DNA identification, furniture and craft production, even bamboo beer brewing. The finale of the trip was a rainy but unforgettable evening in Naolinco for the famous Día de Muertos celebration. The colorful decorations were as overwhelming as the hospitality shown by our hosts and by all the residents of Xalapa, Coatepec and Naolinco. A special highlight of the meeting was seeing three recently discovered species named after three very special people: Ned Jaquith, Gib Cooper and Ximena Londoño. Congrats to all three for their incredible honors!

The ABS Board held its 2015 meeting.

Minutes will be published in the next issue of the ABS Bamboo Magazine. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The Northeast Chapter will host the 2016 ABS Annual Meeting in Washington DC in September!! Organizing a great conference will require a lot of hard work and I know that the NEC is up to the challenge! Look for upcoming opportunities to help organize the conference, or reach out now and let me know you’re interested. We hope you’ll spend next World Bamboo Day in DC with us! Please contact me at if you’d like to be involved in the organization of the conference.

Let’s start building the next generation of the ABS!

I’m excited to take on the editing responsibilities for the newsletter and I’m extra-excited to help organize the Annual ABS Meeting next year. At the annual meeting next September, expect more of the same great info-sharing as past annual meetings, with an emphasis this year on attracting new young members. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift to give this holiday season, consider bringing new members into our community with gift memberships, the perfect way to spark the interest of youngsters. And please remember to renew your memberships and pay your dues!

Andrew Linn

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NEC ABS newsletter September 2015

Northeast Chapter, ABS September 2015

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Just back from Korea – 10th WBC a huge success!

320 bamboo people came from 40 countries to take part in global event, and it will take a long time to lose this great feeling. It is a gorgeous country, clean and sophisticated and generous and gracious, and the county of Damyang-gun is filled with bamboo. Even more, this 4 day event coincided with a phenomenal World Bamboo Fair, and it was hard to see it all. Look for more stories and pictures in the ABS magazine! We are already planning the 11th WBC, for 2018: stay tuned for venue and details!


OCT 28 – NOV 1

Wednesday 28 October 2015

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pre-meeting field trip to the El Riscal, a new bamboo plantation and collection; walk in the cloud forest of the Cofre de Perote volcano (hiking boots or tennis shoes, raincoat and comfortable clothes)

Thursday 29 October 2015

8:00 AM – 5: 00 PM ABS Board Meeting at Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden Auditorium (Pending location)

6:00-8:00 PM Meet and Greet at Clavijero Botanical Garden

Friday 30 October 2015

8-8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM Opening Remarks: Dr. Martín Aluja, Director Instituto de Ecología, AC.

8:45-9:20 AM Keynote opening speaker: Dr. Lynn G. Clark (Bamboo revolution: recent advances in understanding bamboo evolution).

9:30-10:05 AM Mauricio Guillaumin (Bambuver: experiences running the first commercial Mexican bamboo company and plantation)

10:15-10:30 AM Coffee break

10:30-11:05 AM Dr. Víctor Ordóñez (Physical and mechanical properties of Mexican Guadua and other species)

11:15-11-50 AM Dr. Teresa Mejía Saulés (Mexican bamboo living collections)

12:00-12:35 PM Lic. Arturo Aguilar (Bamboo culm sheaths uses)

12:45-2:00 PM Lunch time

2:00-3:30 PM Guided visit to the National Living Bamboo Collection

3:30-5:30 PM How to make bamboo baskets: a demonstration (Evaristo Santamaría, Trigillos, Ver.)

5:30-6:05 PM Ing. Armando Moreno Sánchez (Bamboo architecture projects in Mexico)

6:30 PM Dinner: Mexican food, Clavijero Botanical Garden

Saturday 31 October 2015

8:30-9:00 AM Registration

9:00-9:35 AM Ing. Ximena Londoño (Guadua angustifolia, an agroforestry plant)

9:45-10:20 AM Dr. Felipe Trabanino (Guadua as a mortuary item in Mayan burials)

10:30-11:00 AM Coffee break

11:00-11:35 AM Mike Bostwick/Gib Cooper (Bamboo Landscape design)

11:45AM – 12:20 PM Dr. Rogelio Macías (Otatea acuminata: distribution, propagation, current and potential uses)

12:30-2:00 PM Lunch time

2:00-3:30 PM Guided visit to the Cloud Forest Sanctuary (hiking boots or tennis shoes, raincoat and comfortable clothes)

3:30-5:00 PM TodoBambu (How to make furniture using different bamboo species: demonstration)

5:00-5:35 PM Mauricio Mora Tello (Bambusa Cholula Beer, the first Latin American beer that uses bamboo in its elaboration and experiences running a microbrewery)

5:45 PM Entertainment (Flor de Acuyo, traditional regional music), dinner: Mexican food, Clavijero Botanical Garden

Sunday 1st November 2015

12:00-08:00 PM Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) field trip to the Naolinco city, emblematic site for this traditional celebration in México.

New Editor!

Andrew Linn of D.C. has volunteered to take on the NEC newsletter : ) I think this is my last issue ! Please help by sending your news and comments to Andy:

Email: andrewjasonlinn@


Hey, do you love bamboo and love talking about bamboo? Then help us out! Help us by contributing to the newsletter, or hosting a meeting / garden visit, or posting on FB. Contact me and I’ll help push you along:

Many thanks for your continued support of the Northeast Chapter.

————————-Did you know about the on-line AUCTION of bamboo things? Thanks to NEC member Anthony Poveromo of Amenia, NY, who donated a bunch of his late mother’s collections, you have the opportunity to bid & buy some exceptionally cool bamboo items. THIS AUCTION WAS EXTENDED TO COINCIDE WITH THE ABS ANNUAL AUCTION. IT ENDS NOVEMBER 6, so place your bids now and keep an eye on the website for closing BIDS.
Ned Jaquith Foundation

This non-profit foundation commemorates the legacy of Ned Jaquith, a consummate horticulturist and nurseryman who specialized in bamboo, and was particularly interested in bamboo research, propagation and art. He also was a guy who loved life, cherished his friends, and knew how to laugh. For many bambuseros, he was a respected mentor.

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and support bamboo research projects increasing the collective knowledge of bamboo. The Foundation will support the goals of the American Bamboo Society (ABS) but will be a separate working body, administered by an advisory committee. Grant funding will be provided to students and researchers who wish to work within the field of bamboo focused on such issues as botanical identification, wild and domestic collection, genetic preservation, propagation techniques, bamboo art and bamboo-related environmental concerns (i.e. habitat restoration, etc).


The Ned Jaquith Foundation is offering grants to promote bamboo research not to be limited to the following areas:

Art research
Botanical identification
Environment issues
Genetic preservation
Habitat restoration
Propagation techniques
Make a Donation

Your donation in Ned’s name will help educate the next generation in the field of bamboo studies.
You can mail a check made payable to the NJF and send it to :

Ned Jaquith Foundation
c/o Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Road
North Plains, OR 97133-8302

2015 Board of Directors and Officers

NE Chapter Representative to the ABS Board :
Susanne Lucas

NE Chapter President :

NE Chapter Vice-President :
Susanne Lucas
Cell 508-685-0342
9 Bloody Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360-2201

NE Chapter Secretary :
Stephanie Ritchie
2282 Park Hill Ave Balt MD 21211

NE Chapter Board Member :
Scott Ritchie
2282 Park Hill Ave Balt MD 21211

NE Chapter Board Member :
Whitney Adams
48 Bel Aire Dr Mystic CT 06355-2002

NE Chapter Board Member :
Ned Newton
427 Horseneck Rd South Darmouth MA 02748

NE Chapter Board Member :
Mike Bartholomew
750 Krumkill Rd Albany NY 12203-5976

NE Chapter Board Member :
Anthony Poveromo
10 Yellow City Rd Amenia NY 12501

NE Chapter Board Member :                                                                                                   Andrew Linn                                                                                                                                          404-518-2107                                                                                                                                                                                                  2126 15th St SE Washington, D.C. 20020

NE Chapter Treasurer :
Fran Bartholomew
750 Krumkill Rd Albany NY 12203-5976


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Controlling bamboo by Whitney Adams

Discussion led by Whitney at NEC June meeting, Bristol, Rhode Island

Handouts included:

Methods included:

– removal by hand with tools and machines

– digging trenches to control

– sand-traps to manage rhizome spread

– herbicides

– time of year for best control

To contact Whitney (Groton, CT) –

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Winter hardiness report from Ned Newton

Winter Status of Bamboo at the Newton’s – Westport, Massachusetts

October 2014    vs.  Comments under plant name, June 2015

Strikethrough means removing it from collection or death.

Name                                          Oct 2014 size     Current Condition          Location

1. Borinda angustissma                       4’                     excellent         Indoors

Not affected, indoors

2. Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’           8’                     excellent         Fish Pond

Much die back of all culms but essentially all back together now.

3. Fargesia dracocephala ‘Rufa’           8’                     excellent         Behind fish pond

(with narrow leaves, Gansu 95-2?)

Full die back of all culms. Little come back in 2014 but a little more 2015.

4. Fargesia robusta                              9’                     excellent         Entrance Duck Pen

Full die back of all culms. 2014 a feathery ring of 30” culms. 2015 a small come back of regular culms.

5. Fargesia nitida ‘Eisenach’               16”              seedlings        in nursery (2008) NW Bed

Struggling but hanging in there.

6. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’            4’                     good               Front, toward North

Not too bad. Little losses to top of some culms. Now over 6’ tall. Needs thinning out.

7. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’            6”                    new, wispy    in nursery N Bed center (2010)                                 Willamett #9 May be #9??



8. Fargesia nitida ‘Ems River’            4″          seedlings        1 left nursery N Bed west

(Whitney ’10) 1 died 5-4-12

9. Fargesia nitida ‘Jiuzhaigou’ I          4’                     good               nursery, N Bed east

20% die back but recovering slowly. Slow growth.

10. Fargesia denudata                          8’                     excellent         Behind fish pond

2014 had 20% die back. 2015 had 10% die back. After some trimming, it should look fine.

11. Hibanobambusa tranquillans ‘Shiroshima’     6’     good               Driveway & Bird Bldg.

Old culms both 2014 and 2015 not pretty. Cut to ground and new ones looked fine 2014. 2015 it is taking some time. “clump” is spreading widely now.

12. Pseudosasa japonica‘Tsutsumiana’               7’                     good             Mikado Pen

2015 full die back. Only tiny little culms visible now, June 2015.

13. Sasa palmate f. nebulosa                 4’                     good               Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

14.  Indocalamus tessellatus                   2’                     poor               Golden Pen

Struggling poorly. Not the bamboo’s fault; very dry location.

 15. Indocalamus solidus                        3’                     good               Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

 16.  Phyllostachys vivax ‘Aureocaulis’ 8’/0              gone       Field, dug out May 2012&13

 17. Phyllostachys aureosulcata              25’/0        3rd cutting      Duck & Swinhoe Pens

Cut out fall 2011   Still many 4’ culms to be re-cut .

 18. Phyll. aureosulcata -Aureocaulis-  22’/0          3rd cutting    Reeve’s Pen, cut down 6/12

Still a great many wispy culms to be re-cut.

19. Phyllostachys aureosulcata  ‘Spectabilis’          24’            excellent         Driveway

5% die back by spring 2015. Doing well.

20. Phyllostachys nigra                         10’                   good               Fireback Pen

Considerable die back, very little if any left. Some 12” or less culms.

 21. Phyllostachys parvifolia                  24’                   excellent         across from Peonies

Back hoe dug out most all, fall 2014. Some sneaking up along periphery.

 22. Pleioblastus distichus ‘Mini’            12”/0              invasive, trying to remove @ Deck

Still trying to remove.

23. Pleioblastus viridi striatus               16”                  excellent         Driveway

Culms not over wintering. Cut to ground and up it comes next year.

24. Pleioblastus viridi striatus Chrysophylla 16”     excellent         Driveway myrtle

Cut old culms to ground. Spreading mightily, mowing to eliminate future problems.

The winter of 2014-2015 was bitter cold with no snow cover until the end of January. The minimum temperature at our house was – 5 deg. F. This is colder than I have seen since living there since 1999. This occurred at night with no snow cover. After mid-January the snow came, and we had significant cover for the balance of the winter.

The winter of 2013-2014 had a minimum temperature of 5 deg. F. However, there was much high wind and very little snow cover. A very hard winter for plants.

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