July 5, 2014
Big thanks go out to NEC President Scott Ritchie for organizing a wonderful spring meeting at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore, Maryland, the weekend of June 21st. The site has a long history of gardening, dating back to 1863. This 170-acre site is owned and managed by the city of Baltimore and is an impressive gem. Scott works here as a staff horticulturist, and is perhaps solely responsible for the fact that the arboretum has any bamboo at all. Our small but intrepid group toured the various plantings and spent time talking about the past winter’s effect on our own bamboos, cultural info on various species, the need to divide and root prune contained runners, and enjoyed each other’s company. I gave a powerpoint presentation on my recently published book and also showed some pics from a recent trip to Taiwan and China. Additional thanks go to Steph Ritchie for managing all the food & drinks!
It must be said that we were disappointed more people did not come out for this event. As volunteers and crusaders, putting together even a small outing takes time and energy. In my case, I traveled over 300 miles. Joan Greenwood came from NYC. Elizabeth Aldrich drove over from Annapolis. Tom Starr drove down from Pennsylvania. The Ritchie’s put it all together. Why don’t we get more people from our Chapter out to events? Do the majority of members only need a newsletter? Isn’t it great to share time with actual bambuseros and learn from the exchange of conversation and the visiting of new places? Or should we start a chat group and only meet in cyber-ville??? Please let Scott or myself know what you’d like the NEC to do next. Anonymity is fine. We sincerely want our Chapter to be lively and thrive and grow, but we need your help. Please take the time to tell us, as a member of NEC, why you are a member and what you’d like to see us do next.
As for the discussion on the winter’s wrath, let’s just say most of the bamboos are recovering, slowing and hesitantly. My huge Fargesia robusta Wolong died to the ground, but the roots pushed up some wimpy leaf-laden whips of about 3 feet long. Phyllostachys parvifolia has yet to send up even one new shoot, but the impressive growth of last year survived only minor leaf burn. Noah sent me some clumpers to “trial” last fall, and amazingly, the Chusquea culeou survived and made some nice new culms last month! So, one never knows.
‘Hope to see you at the Huntington in September for the ABS Annual Meeting!