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:http://www.bamboo.org/forms/2016ABSAnnualMeetingRegistrationFinal.pdf

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. andrewjasonlinn@gmail.com


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!



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NEC ABS Newsletter November 2015

Northeast Chapter, ABS September 2015

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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 andrewjasonlinn@gmail.com 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@ gmail.com


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. absaucton.bambooweb.info
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 susannelucas@gmail.com
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                                                                                                andrewjasonlinn@gmail.com                                                                                                            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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Bamboo Poles available in CT

From member Paul Carpenter –
A gentleman in my town (Easton, CT) almost lost his 30 yr old ½ acre grove this winter. It went down to -19 degrees. He has about 500 22 ft poles, 1.5 diameter mostly, if you know anybody looking.  Luckily there are new shoots so he’s back in the groove!

I’m 5 miles south of him and my half acre of bamboo survived.  I registered  -6 and -9 degree days.  My Bamboo were planted only 3 years ago.

<note:  I don’t know which species this is, but contact Paul for more info>

Paul Carpenter, DC   carpentercorps.com@gmail.com

203 374 4393

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SATURDAY, JUNE 27-  2015


The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is an arboretum of 13 hectares (32 acres), located at 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, Rhode Island, mid-way between Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, onBristol Harbor with views over Narragansett Bay. It includes a mansion, with a 4 hectares (9.9 acres) lawn and over 300 species of woody plants in its arboretum and gardens, including both native and exotic species.  And a really nice, well-managed grove of Yellow Groove bamboo, Phyllostachys aureosulcata!

A sitting area at Blithewold with some shade under a bamboo pergola.
The giant grove of Yellow-Grove at Blithewold

A newly installed bamboo garden created by James Clever for a client wanting a privacy screen.

NEC Meeting!

NEC Meeting!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this wonderful venue! The gardens will be looking great and the facilities will allow us a nice place to share discussions and lots of conversations.

Program Includes:

JAMES CLEVERBamboo Gardener from Seattle WA will come and share his experiences of controlling running bamboos and designing bamboo gardens. His approach will be a real lesson, especially to those that are AFRAID of bamboo ! That fear comes from not knowing enough about how bamboo grows!  It is possible and realistic to have bamboo in <almost> any garden!

WHITNEY ADAMS –with 30 years experience growing bamboo in a residential neighborhood, will tell about using herbicide to control unwanted rhizome spread!

A.C. LAKSHMANA –  a retired Indian government official with vast experience using bamboo as environmental remedy, will speak about bamboos role in soil stability.

Tour of the grounds will be with Blithewold’s Horticulturist, Fred Perry.

On Friday and/orSunday, we will arrange side trips for those interested!  Saturdayevening we can share dinner at a nearby restaurant.


  • Saturday, June 27
  • Blithewold Mansion and Gardens
  • Bristol, Rhode Island
  • 10am – 4pm
  • website here for more info
  • Cost $35 includes entrance fee, presentations, box lunch, and grounds tour
  • You mustRSVP! See below …
James Clever – bamboo expert and guest speaker

NEC is looking for volunteers!

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, bamboo-philes to organize meetings, work-parties, tours, whatever in our Northeast region. There are a lot of miles out there, and we try to host gatherings wherever we can. But we need your help!

Send us a line if you are “game” to host a gathering or lead us on a tour!


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TO RSVP FOR THE JUNE 27 MEETING :   PLEASE SEND A CHECK PAYABLE TO NEC FOR $35 TO NEC TREASURER, FRAN BARTHOLOMEW, 750 Krumkill Road, Albany, NY 12203   We need your confirmed registration before June 22 in order to provide you with LUNCH.  Registration at the door is $45.  Please plan ahead!  Thanks! We look forward to sharing a great time with you all.
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