Submitted and presented by NEC Rep, Susanne Lucas (filling in for Scott Ritchie)
September 9, 2014 San Marino, California – The Huntington Botanical Gardens
The current NEC Board of Directors:
> Scott Ritchie, President (terms ends 2016), Baltimore MD
> Susanne Lucas, VP (2016), Plymouth, MA
> Stephanie Ritchie, Sec (2016), Baltimore, MD
> Fran Bartholomew, Treasury (2015), Albany, NY
> Dave Flanagan (2015), Boston, MA
> Whitney Adams (2015), Groton, CT
> Mike Bartholomew (2014), Albany, NY
> Ned Newton (2014), Westport, MA
> alternate: Larry Holland (2014), Amenia, NY
> alternate: Anthony Poveromo (2016), Amenia, NY
NEC President Scott Ritchie and his wife Stephanie Ritchie (NEC Secretary) organized 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.
It must be said that we were disappointed more people did not come out for this event. Why don’t we get more people from our Chapter out to events? Do the majority of members only need a newsletter?
No other events are planned for this year, although I wish there were.
I continue to post on the NEC page of the ABS website, and luckily a few other people post from time to time, too.
~ Susanne Lucas
p.s. After the ABS Board Meeting and the ABS Members Meeting, I was elected Co-Vice President, serving with Bill Hollenback. Stay tuned to ABS news via BAMBOO magazine.