American Bamboo Society Conference Agenda


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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

email Andrew Linn at if you have any questions

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ABS 2016 Annual Meeting


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14 – 18 September 2016

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Northeast Chapter

Tentative Schedule  pdf file:

Wednesday, September 14

ABS Board of Directors Meeting. ABS members are welcome to attend.

Lunch provided to Board members only. Guests: bring your own lunch.

Location : Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, Rosslyn, VA

(just across the river from historic Georgetown)


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 (Washington, D.C.)

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.

Registration form:

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Avery Island Bamboo Event Feb 26-28, 2016

Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming


 FEBRUARY 26-28, 2016

2016 will mark the eighteenth year that LGCC and ABS members have come to Avery Island to help clear and clean E. A. McIlhennys plantings of timber bamboos. Coordinators with Ken Ringle for the weekend are Judge and Elizabeth Edwards, who can be reached by phone at (337) 898-1469 or by email at

As in years past, the weekend is limited to LGCC members and to Avery Island Family members and their guests. While there is no registration fee for the weekend, we do ask that you pre-register for any meals you plan to eat and include payment for these by check enclosed with your registration form.

Our weekend will begin 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, February 26th, at the Ramada Conference Center New Iberia, 2915 Highway 14, New Iberia, LA 70560 (phone (337) 367-1201), with drinks and registration followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. There we will reintroduce ourselves and catch up on each others doings, conduct a brief LGCC business meeting, and organize our teams for the next day’s work.

Saturday morning, the 27th, we will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the  Jungle Gardens parking lot on Avery Island for the centerpiece of the weekend: clearing and cleaning selected bamboo groves on the Island, including E. A. McIlhenny’s original moso and madake groves, as well as the groves of mixed bamboos below Prospect Hill which comprise some of E. A.’s ’s original study plots and which have yet to be fully inventoried. At the end of the day’s work, all will have opportunity to take home poles from the selection we have cut, and to relax and enjoy the groves we’ve cleaned! Then, at 5:30 p.m., we will gather at historic Marsh House for drinks and dinner.


Sunday morning, February 28, we will reassemble at Jefferson Island, some 10 miles west of Avery Island, where, beginning at 9:00 a.m., ABS members will be giving presentations on bamboo culture and applications. If you have bamboo artwork or crafts to show off or skills to share, this is the time and place! Among the speakers will be veteran botanist Dr. Garrie Landry of University of Louisiana –Lafayette who has studied and inventoried the plant life of Avery Island for more than 20 years and will talk on the botanical context in which E.A. McIlhenny’s bamboo planting took root. ABS members will also be given a guided tour of Rip Van Winkle Gardens where owner and longtime ABS friend Mike Richard has recently installed a number of rare and exotic bambusas of astonishing size.

Members will then be free to lunch on their own at Café Jefferson before heading for home.

EQUIPMENT: For Saturday’s work party, wear sturdy shoes and clothes, and bring gloves. February temperatures can be unpredictable, so dress accordingly. If you have a chain saw and are skilled in using it, please contact Judge or Elizabeth Edwards. (Use of battery-operated power tools is not recommended, however, since there are no readily available power sources in or near the groves for recharging batteries.) Other useful tools include pruning saws, loppers, hand shears, and general heavy-duty gardening tools. There may be an opportunity to dig a few designated plants. We will have liability waver forms for all to sign. You will need to be alert at all times to the proximity of chain saws, power equipment, and falling culms, and to observe caution in using any sharp tools. Please bring, and use, all recommended safety equipment including safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection, particularly when working near the chain saws. And don’t forget mosquito spray, sunscreen and any other items and necessities to be comfortable.

VEHICLE ACCESS: Because traffic is restricted on Avery Island and parking at the bamboo groves is limited, we will be carpooling as much as possible and must limit the number of pulled trailers to FIVE. However, individual trailer spaces can be reserved (first come, first served) by calling Judge and Elizabeth. Cars with rooftop carriers and pickup trucks with racks are not subject to this limitation.

Please check back here for any last-minute updates regarding the weekend.

For those who have never been to an Avery Island Work Party Weekend and would like a preview, ABS member Daphne Lewis has posted on YouTube an excellent video of our 2010 weekend (



As in years past, the weekend is limited to LGCC members and to Avery Island Family members and their guests. If you need to renew your membership – or begin a new membership – please complete the Membership & Directory Information Form included at the end of this memo.


We have secured a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday, Feb 26 and 27, at the Ramada Conference Center New Iberia, 2915 Highway 14, New Iberia, LA 70560, with whom you should make room reservations and payment arrangements directly. Please call(337) 367-1201, speak to any Customer Service Rep (24/7), and mention that you are with the American Bamboo Society: our group rate is $72.95 per night plus tax, breakfast included. You will be free to cancel your room reservation any time up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival; however, in order to secure the group rate you will need to book your room reservation no later than Friday, February 12, 2016.


To facilitate the planning of meals arranged for the weekend, we require that you please register and pay for these meals in advance to ensure reserved seating for the Friday and Saturday evening dinners.

Names for badges: ______________________________________________

Address, phone number: ______________________________________________ Email address: ______________________________________________

Friday Night Buffet – Ramada/New Iberia:___ person(s) @ $20.00 =$_____

Saturday Bag Lunch & Drink – Avery Island:___ person(s) [Donated/Paid For]

Saturday Evening Dinner – Marsh House, Avery Island:___person(s) @ $35.00 =$_____

If Vegetarian, enter___ person(s) name ___________________

TOTAL     =$_____

Remember all events for the weekend are free (meals are extra & optional), and you may choose only to attend selected events.

Please mail completed registration form, together with meals check payable to LGCC, to Elizabeth Edwards, 400 Fairview St., Abbeville, LA 70510-3602 (phone (337) 898-1469).

The deadline for receiving all registrations is Friday, February 20, 2016.  

Please note: membership in the Louisiana Chapter of the American Bamboo Society is required.  If you are not already a member please complete the following membership form:

or complete the online membership form at



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2016 Bamboo Arts and Craft Competition

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American Bamboo Society Auction 2015


In the past we have had an on-line auction in conjunction with the traditional auction. This year, the Annual Auction will be completely on-line. There will be photographs and descriptions of each item, a minimum bid in some cases, and a time period designated for the length of the bidding session.

When :

Non-plant items: Extended until November 6, 2015

Rare Bamboos and other items: October 10th thru 31st

These are the only fundraisers of the year for the American Bamboo Society! Normally this tradition takes place during the Annual Meeting, but this year we will be traveling to Mexico for the event, which makes the logistics of having an on-site auction more difficult.

STAY TUNED!   There will be some very unique treasures!

Winning bidder agrees to pay shipping. Full details will be on the website.

This will be a public auction – open to all – but there will be a $40 surcharge for those people who are not paid members of ABS (making them automatic members).  Or just join now at:

More information about the auction will be available soon at this link:

Thank you in advance for helping the ABS! We want to support bamboo research projects, and we need your donations to make that happen.


We are accepting donations for the auctions. The donors will receive the shipping costs from the winners then ship the items after the auction.

Please send information on the donated item to

Information on donating plants can be found at:

Non-Plant items will need a photo and a description.


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American Bamboo Society (ABS) 2015 annual meeting Oct 28-Nov 1st Xalapa, México


American Bamboo Society (ABS) 2015 annual meeting Oct 28-Nov 1st Xalapa, México

“Tropical Bamboos for a Better World”

This year, for the first time, the annual meeting for the American Bamboo Society will be outside of the United States of America, in the beautiful city of Xalapa in the central part of the Veracruz State in Mexico. The Institute of Ecology will host the 2015 meeting in the Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden, the home of the accredited National Living Bamboo Collection. The American Bamboo Society Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, October 28.  Plan to stay for the Sunday, November 1st field day trip.

Xalapa , an unforgettable city, is the capital city of Veracruz and is surrounded by cloud forest and coffee plantations. Xalapa is known as the “city of the flowers” because of its numerous public gardens. It is famous too as “the Athens of Veracruz”, because its cultural importance as a center for music, theater, dance, and visual arts among other art forms. Walking through its narrow streets and passageways you can enjoy the coffee smell in the air and one of the best coffees in Mexico.

Besides a cup of coffee, you should drink the typical alcoholic beverage calling “torito”, the local liquor made with evaporated milk, sugar cane and rum. The locals enjoy drinking a cup of coffee mixed with torito in coffee shops close to one of several gardens.

In colonial times, Xalapa was an important commercial center that connected to Europe, the Antilles with the New Spain Empire. The Anthropology museum is the second largest of its kind in Mexico that host several colossal Olmec heads. If you come to Xalapa and you do not visit the Anthropology museum, it is like you never visited Xalapa!

The 2015 ABS annual meeting will come to a close to watch one of the most famous holidays in Mexico: Día de Muertos  (Day of Dead). Its a famous Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico. The holiday focuses on gathering of family and friends to pray and remember friends and family members who have died. We will visit Naolinco to be eyewitness of this holiday. Naolinco is a beautiful small town just to 30 minutes from Xalapa.

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Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming Event


  FEBRUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 28, 2016

Please note: membership in the Louisiana Chapter of the American Bamboo Society is required.  If you are not already a member please complete the following membership form:

or complete the online membership form at

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Hawaii Chapter Annual Meeting


The meeting as usual will start at noon with a pot-luck and the elections will follow. I had hoped to schedule the meeting at Liliouokalani Gardens but since they do not pre-book the pavilion it is on first come first serve basis. If anyone is able to go early and hopefully snag it, let me know (phone 966-5080) or email:

As a back-up I have booked the pavilion at Wailoa Park where we had it last year. If we can get the Liliuokalani pavilion a sign will be put up at the Wailoa pavilion telling of the change in meeting place and showing directions. Otherwise we will go following our business meeting and election. The meeting, as always will be a pot-luck starting at noon with elections to follow. Please come willing to volunteer and to provide input for programs for the coming year.

To get to the Wailoa Pavilion, from Volcano highway in Hilo turn onto Piilani street and turn right toward the parking area. Drive to the end and the pavilion is directly ahead and to your left. Look to see if there is a sign directing you to the other pavilion across the way. I will try to provide a map if I post a sign.

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Building With Bamboo in Hawaii

Building With Bamboo in Hawaii

Bamboo is a multipurpose renewable agricultural resource that has been grown and used on our island for many years. Various species of bamboos can be used for construction of buildings, furniture, crafts, and tools. The bamboo shoots of several species are also edible and nutritious.

This “Shoot to Shelter” series, led by Leimana Pelton, offers classes to demonstrate techniques in the management of bamboo clumps, harvesting of bamboo, treatment and curing of bamboo, and finishing of bamboo to supply an end product ready for multiple uses. We will work with bamboo experts on building and joinery, which take advantage of the physical characteristics of bamboo to create a strong and beautiful product. There will be three one day workshops held in Kona on January 17, February 28 April 4, and a two day workshop April 18 & 19, 2015

Workshop 0ne   January 17, 2015          $ 75


Introduction to Workshop objectives

Bamboo species grown in Hawaii for building

Bamboo cultivation

Bamboo management

Bamboo Links ™ and discussion of design/building of Lightwave

Hands on Clump management, pruning, and possibly shoot harvest

Discussion of optimal time and methods for harvesting bamboo for construction

Discussion of treatment techniques for preserving/pest protection of bamboo

Hands on making of bamboo treatment devices for Boric acid treatment of Bamboo

Hand on harvesting and treating of bamboo

In depth discussion of joining with Bamboo Links ™

Further discussion of chosen design

Cutting/preparing finished bamboo sections for building

Building a simple structure on site

Discussion of historical finishing techniques

Further discussion/demonstration of basic joinery techniques

Design considerations using bamboo strengths

Hands on sanding and finishing of bamboo in preparation for use in building

Workshop Two

February 28, 2015

$ 75

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Workshop Three

April 4, 2015

$ 75

About Leimana

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Pacific NW Chapter Fall Business Meeting

Fall PNW business and general meeting at Jim & Nancy Zimmerman’s home in Kirkland, Washington, Saturday October 11, 2014. Board meeting 10M-11AM start time. Potluck lunch at noon. Lots of bamboo to tour on this very large lot.They have a very large house with room for many people, and can even do slides show if we have photos to see. It is the first time in many many years (10-20) that a meeting will be held here in the Seattle area! So for many years we from the North have traveled the 100’s of miles to you in the Portland, Eugene and Dainstown area that it will be nice for all you Southlanders to come North this time.

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