Northeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society.
Where : Xalapa, México
“Tropical Bamboos for a Better World”
Potential Schedule for 2015 ABS Conference, Xalapa, Veracruz, México
Pre-meeting field trip to the El Riscal, a new bamboo plantation and walk in the cloud forest in the Perote Mountain.
ABS Board Meeting at Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden Auditorium (Pending location)
Keynote opening speaker: Dr. Lynn G. Clark (Bamboo revolution: recent advances in understanding bamboo evolution).
Mauricio Villaumin (Bambuver: experiences running the first commercial Mexican bamboo company and plantation)
Dr. Víctor Ordoñez (Physical and mechanical properties of Mexican Guaduas and other species)
Dr. Teresa Mejía (Mexican bamboo living collections)
Lic. Arturo Aguilar (Bamboo culm sheaths uses)
Ing. Armando Moreno Sánchez (Bamboo architecture projects in Mexico)
Demonstration how to make baskets using otate (Otatea acuminata = Mexican weeping bamboo)
Bamboo for kids I: paper making and decorating it with bamboo leaves.
Ing. Ximena Londoño (Guadua angustifolia, an agroforestry plant)
Dr. Felipe Trabanino (Guadua as a mortuary item in Mayan burials)
Dr. Luis Cervantes (Insects in association with bamboos)
Mike Bostwick (Bamboo Landscape design)
Dr. Rogelio Macías (Otatea acuminata: distribution, propagation, current and potential uses)
Mauricio Mora Tello (Bambusa Cholula Beer, the first Latinoamerican beer that uses bamboo in its elaboration and experiences running a microbrewery)
TodoBambu (Demonstration how to make furniture using different bamboo species)
Bamboo for kids II: how to build a kite using bamboo sticks.
Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) field trip to the Naolinco city, to know this traditional celebration in México.
Stay tuned to the ABS website for registration info, www.bamboo.org
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.
Guest Speaker -to be announced!
On Friday and/or Sunday, we can arrange side trips for those interested! Saturday evening we can share dinner at a nearby restaurant.
SAVE THE DATE!
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!
January 31st, 12:30-2:30
Hoyt Arboretum, Bill DeWeese Classroom, Portland OREGON
Presentation Title: Looking into Moso plantations, China
I have been working as an independent consultant to commercial companies interested in developing bamboo plantations in the U.S. Most recently, concerns regarding the availability of bamboo plants for research plots, and the clonal integrity of bamboo seedlings produced in-vitro, have led me to question of the feasibility of growing moso bamboo as a source for paper pulp in the United States.
China is reported to have both the largest and the fastest growing bamboo sector, involving more than ten million bamboo farmers, providing 35 million jobs and generating a market value of over 10.5 billion U.S. dollars of exports of various bamboo products for the global market. Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens [syn. edulis]) has the highest ecological, economic and cultural value of all bamboos in Asia, accounting for almost 70% of the total area of bamboo growth. This bamboo alone is valued at 5 billion U.S. dollars of annual forest production in China. For these reasons, I traveled to China to find out first-hand about moso plantation development, and other aspects of moso cultivation that is required for successful translation in the United States.
I went to China in February 2014 to ask questions and visit plantations. Please come hear and see my impressions.
Susanne Lucas, Horticulturist
9 Bloody Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA
Executive Director, Ned Jaquith Foundation, www.nedjaquithfoundation.org
Executive Director, World Bamboo Organization, www.worldbamboo.net
Vice President, American Bamboo Society
If any of you out there who are paid members of the Northeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, please let me know if you did NOT get the electronic newsletter I sent out this morning. We are updating our email membership list, and I don’t want to leave anyone out! Send private message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! ~ Susanne
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.
Hello bamboo lovers,
I have quite a few pots with indoor bamboo in CT.
They have spent summer on the porch and I am giving them away as have
no time to split them/report and continue to take care.
I live on 95 between New London and New Haven.
If anyone needs them- stop by before frosts.
I have bought them long ago in MA bamboo place, do not remember their names.
Please send NE chapter mail with this info.
Susanne answered this call, after Scott Ritchie’s suggestion:
<<I’m a producer for the public radio call-in show on WNPR in Hartford, CT called Where We Live. I’m interested in putting together an hour-long show about bamboo and I figured this would be the perfect place to start. There are lots of different aspects to this and we’d just like to explore the various uses for bamboo, from decoration, to building, to eating.
I’d love to have a bamboo enthusiast join us in-studio for the hour as the “buddy” for our host John Dankosky next Friday (9/5) from 9-10am. Then throughout the hour, I’d have other guests calling in to talk about their specific uses for bamboo. Would you or someone affiliated with your organization be able to join us as a bamboo generalist?
Where We Live broadcasts like from 9-10am out of our Hartford studio. If someone could join us in our studio here, that would be great. We could also try to find a radio studio closer to the guest’s location.
Thanks, Tucker Ives
Tucker Ives Producer, Where We Live 1049 Asylum Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
On the program, The Forum, the discussion is all about grasses, with specific focus on rice and BAMBOO. The program first aired on August 18, but is still available as a podcast, online. Listen here :
From April 8, 2014
After just emailing you there are some additional details that occurred to me. The “rufas” were originally collected by the Shanghai Botanic Garden and offered to van der Palen in the Netherlands who acquired them. Later Susanne acquired them and decided to tissue culture the wider-leafed one. So far as I know, the narrower-leafed one has not been tissue cultured yet.
The following blue text is quoted from van der Palen’s website:
In the spring of 1995, I received a fax sent from the Botanical Garden of Shanghai, asking if I would be interested in specific bamboos. A staff member of the Botanical Garden had collected two bamboos in the south of the Chinese province Ganzhu. These plants were collected at elevations of 1,800 to 2,500m (5,900 to 8,200 feet) at latitude 34°20 N and longitude 106°00 E.
Here the average annual temperature is 8°C (46°F), and temperatures go down to -16.8°C (0°F) in winter. During the summer, the highest temperature can be 29.6°C (85°F).
We decided to call these plants Gansu 95-1 and Gansu 95-2 for the time being. The young plants of Gansu 95-1 grew amazingly well. In the first winter, it was observed that the leaves did not curl in dry conditions, during frosts or in direct sunlight, unlike the leaves of Fargesia nitida and Fargesia murieliae. Even the shedding of leaves, as is usual preceding winter with most Fargesias, was limited. This bamboo had no difficulty at all with the severe winter of 96/97, when temperatures went down to -19°C (-3°F) with the graceful leaves remaining green. Only extended periods of very low temperature with dry continental winds are endured less well by this bamboo than by the leaf-rolling types.
Already in April new shoots appear, which is in fact too early for the young shoots, which are sensitive to late frost. The height of the culms is between 2 and 3 m and because of the large number of leaves the culms arch over. New culms develop about 5-15 cm from the plant so after 5 years the plants can attain a diameter of up 2 m. This bamboo takes up available space at least three times as quick as Fargesia murieliae. In fact this bamboo would look its best in parks and large gardens, adding a fine touch to these places. The deep green leaves and the plant’s full silhouette stand in dynamic contrast to more static plants like Rhododendrons, cherry laurel and yew.
Naming the new plants
Our friends in China who sent us the plants proposed the name Fargesia spathacea. However, this name had already been assigned unjustly to Fargesia murieliae and later on to Fargesia nitida, and this time too, it did not fit.
In southern Gansu only a few bamboo species are found. The plant certainly was not Yushania confusa and we already knew Fargesia dracocephala. Then we came to Fargesia rufa. The visual resemblance with the two pictures of this species in the most important Chinese bamboo book ‘A Compendium of Chinese Bamboo’ and also the region of origin pointed in this direction. From then on, when the plants were distributed among growers and collectors this name started to lead its own life. When we study this species in more detail, we find characteristics of both Fargesia dracocephala and Fargesia rufa, both species being native to this region. It should be clear that bamboos from natural resources do not easily fit our classification systems.
My proposal is to name this bamboo Fargesia ‘Rufa’, given its already widely known name. Not only does the name sound well, but also when in the future the species should be known more exactly, the species name can easily be placed between the generic name Fargesia and the cultivar name ‘Rufa’. Gansu 2 was also a nice bamboo, but it turned out to be a shade tolerant form of Fargesia nitida, and it did not grow much higher than 2m (61/2 feet). >>
The latitude/longitude location using Google earth shows it to be a particularly rich floristic area in Gansu that, as I remember, the Arnold Arboretum and other institutions were particularly interested in visiting. They may have done so by now.
Susanne probably has additional information.
Bamboo is useful.
It is beautiful.
It is strong and it is flexible.
It has potentials far beyond property lines and control issues."
By: Susanne Lucas, November 2015