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 abbevillebamboo@att.net.

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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9lT-cCJm24



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 http://www.bamboo.org/bamboo-membership.php



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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: http://www.bamboo.org/bamboo-membership.php

More information about the auction will be available soon at this link:   http://absauction.bambooweb.info/

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 auction@bamboo.org.

Information on donating plants can be found at: http://absauction.bambooweb.info/viewfaqs.php?cat=2

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 http://www.bamboo.org/bamboo-membership.php

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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: xarty@icloud.com

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

Register Now

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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American Bamboo Society Auction 2014

Here is a list of the plants in the American Bamboo Society Auction.  The live auction will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the aftenoon.  THE AUCTION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will take place at Huntington Garden, Pasadena, California. http://www.huntington.org/

Most of the plants are rare bamboos that were recently imported into the United States:

Acidosasa notata
Arundinaria fargesii
Chimonobambusa gaolinensis
Chimonobambusa hsuehiana
Chimonobambusa ssp. Qionzhuea sp. from Huize
Chusquea sp. “Nigricans’
Chusquea sulcata
Fargesia gaolinensis
Fargesia songminensis
Fargesia ssp. Black Culm #1
Fargesia ssp. Black Culm #2
Fargesia yuanjiangensis
Himalayacalmaus asper
Indosasa fumiensis
Indosasa gigantea
Indosasa ingens
Indosasa latiflorus
Indosasa sinica
Phyllostachys nigra “Hale”
 plus there is a

Harvested Dendrocalamus giganteus with a selection of epiphytes San Diego Botanical Garden
Acidosasa notata
Ampelocalamus naibunensis
Bambusa sp. Long Internode
Bashania fargesii
Chimonocalamus makuanensis
Dendrocalamus asper
Dendrocalamus asper #1
Dendrocalamus barbatus
Dendrocalamus dianxiensis
Dendrocalamus farinosus
Dendrocalamus latiflorus
Dendrocalamus latiflorus × D. hamiltonii
Dendrocalamus maximuslamina
Dendrocalamus sp. JunKang
Dendrocalamus sp. LongLi
Dendrocalamus sp. Vietnam
Dinochloa malayana
Fargesia gaolinensis
Fargesia songmingensis
Fargesia yunnanensis
Fargesiaalbo cerea (black culm)
Gigantochloa albociliata
Gigantochloa apus
Gigantochloa felix
Gigantochloa nigrociliata
Gigantochloa takserah
Indocalamus latifolius
Indosasa sinica
Indosasa spongiosa
Thyrsostachys oliveri
Yushani aweixiensis
Yushania levigata
Yushania longiuscula
Yushania polytricha
Yushania suijiangensis


The Annual American Bamboo Society Auction will ‘culminate’ with a LIVE auction on September 13, 2014 at Huntington Botanical Garden. There will also be a silent auction. The silent auction will begin on Friday, September 12 and will end before the live auction begins. Funds raised at the auctions will fund research, grants and education at the determination of Board of Directors of the American Bamboo Society in accordance with the objectives and purposes of the ABS as stated in the ABS Bylaws, Article II.

Prior to the live auction — there will be an online auction.  The online auction will begin on August 24, 2014 and run till September 6th and can be viewed at http://bambooweb.info/ABSauction/.  The online auction is designed for everyone but is especially great for people who are not physically able attend the live auction.  Donors will ship items directly to the winners.  All items in the online auction will continue to be bid on at the live auction and pictures will be projected on a large screen as each item is placed for final bids.  Online bidders can appoint a proxy to continue bidding on items at the live auction if they wish to do so. The auction plants will be viewable starting in August at http://bambooweb.info/ABSauction/as donations come in.

If you would like to contribute and add your item to the online auction or the live and silent auction – please send an email to auction@bamboo.org

The following information is what we’ll need for any donations for the on-line auction.

1) Photos of the actual plant or one of approximate size. (Marked ‘Actual’ or ‘Approximate’) A ruler next to the plant will help the buyer judge the size. Photos or links to photos of the full-grown plant. These can be from the donor or http://bambooweb.info.  Photos can be any size and we will resize to fit on the auction site.  Non plant items are also accepted for the online and live and silent auctions.

2) Information on the plant/or item. If there is information on the species list it will also be included.

a) Shipping information and any restrictions on where and when you can ship.

b) The price to ship to the lower 48 states. If no price is given the shipping cost is assumed to be the actual cost of shipping.

3) Value of the plant. The starting bid will be based off of this value.

4) Contact information for questions.

To help the integrity of the auction an effort will be made to verify the identity of the plant from the photo or other information from the donor.

Only plants and items that are in the online auction can be shipped.

All information and photos for the online auction should be submitted before August 17th to allow time to process the information and posting them to the auction site. Please try and donate early so there is not a big rush at the deadline. Please send the information to absauction@bambooweb.info

More information will be on the news page at the ABS website ( http://www.bamboo.org/wp/news/ ) and at the auction site at http://absauction.bambooweb.info as it becomes available.


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SE Chapter Bamboo Festival Sept 20, 2014

SE Chapter American Bamboo Society Annual Fall Festival

When: September 20, 2014 from 9 AM to 6 PM

Where: Furman University Trone Student Center
Greenville, South Carolina

Admission is free.

The 8th annual bamboo festival will be held at Furman University on September 20, 2014 from 9 am to 6 pm. Furman is located just minutes from Greenville, SC, which is a destination in itself.

 This year we are excited to have the Asian Garden at Furman on tour led by Dr. Mike Hotchkiss of Georgia Bamboo and Sheree Wright of Furman University.  Many species of bamboo are represented in addition to other Asian inspired plantings.  Adjacent to the Asian garden is the Place of Peace, which was donated to Furman by the Tsuzuki family. It is the first authentic Japanese temple ever to be dismantled and fully reconstructed in America. The temple was originally built in 1984 but was never assigned a Buddhist priest otherwise it would not have been permissible to transport it from Japan. The temple will be open for meditation by festival attendees during limited hours, times to be announced.  Many thanks go to Furman University and Sheree Wright for allowing us this great opportunity. The festival will also offer a Bamboo 101 workshop given by John Tkach, have a demonstration in one of Furman’s bamboo groves led by Tracy Cato of Thigpen Trail Bamboo, on the Care and Maintenance of Your Grove. Richard Argo will lead a workshop on Landscaping with Running Bamboos, and David Benfield will give a workshop on Farming Bamboo. We are also excited to announce that Jaap Koppedrayer will give a demonstration on building and using a Japanese Bow. As usual there will be many plant and craft vendors present.  There is always more to learn and explore with bamboo so please plan to attend this annual event and give your support to the SEC.

The SEC will hold an auction during the event and all proceeds will go to the SE chapter which is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. If you are able to contribute to the auction, would like to be a vendor, or have questions about the festival, please e-mail event organizer Michelle Tkach at jtkach1@gmail.com.

We have arranged for discounted hotel rooms for festival attendees at The Hampton Inn Greenville/Travelers Rest (1-864-834-5550) which is located just a few miles from Furman and downtown Greenville. There are a limited number of rooms available at $99/night for the dates Sept.19 & 20.  These rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis and reservations must be made by August 19, 2014 at the latest. Mention the SE Chapter American Bamboo Society to get the special rates.

Additional information about the festival will be posted on our web site (http://www.sec-bamboo.org) as well as our Facebook page:



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