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.

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  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 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

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  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

More information will be on the news page at the ABS website ( ) and at the auction site at 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

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 ( as well as our Facebook page:



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2014 American Bamboo Society Conference Agenda

Schedule for 2014 ABS Conference San Marino, California

Thursday 11 September 2014

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ABS Board Meeting at Huntington Botanical Center

6:00-8:00 PM Meet and Greet new arrivals at Huntington Botanical Center

Make sure you have hotel reservations…….

Friday 12 September 2014

8-8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM Opening Remarks: Jim Folsom, Director Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Gardens. Danielo Ramos, President ABS SOCAL

8:45 AM Keynote opening speaker: Thoop Nakasen, Nan Bamboo, Nan, Thailand.  Bamboo giants of Thailand.

9:30 AM Jorge Lezcano.  Arizona State University and Panama. Carbon Sequestration and Phytoliths in bamboo.

10:15 AM BREAK

10:30 AM Dr. Eduardo Ruiz Sanchez, BOTA. Jalapa, Mexico. Overview of bamboo botany in Mexico, new species and potential bamboos for Southern California.

11:15 AM Dr. Jen Parsons. San Diego Zoo. Bamboo Nutrition for the Pandas (and others)

11:45 – 12:30 AM Luc Boeraeve. Poperinge, Belgium. The YiPu garden in Suzhou, China: a hidden pearl.

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch: Mediterranean Food

1:30 PM Track 1

3:00 PM Track 2

Choose two of the following five tracks:

  1. David Chen. Chin Chu Bamboo Culture Garden, Taiwan. (Taiwan Bamboo Society). Bamboo bonsai.
  2. Dr. Lynn Clark, Iowa State University, USA. Bamboo laboratory with fresh and dry specimens to explore under the microscope.
  3. TBA. Cooking with bamboo shoots.
  4. TBA. Bamboo propagation techniques.
  5. Tour of Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Gardens.

4:30 PM Luc Boeraeve.  Bamboo Societies and networks: evolution during the last 25 years


6:30-9:00 (to catch the moonlight) Japanese dinner and entertainment in Main Conference Hall.

TBA. Shakuhachi flute music.

Li Fang Tang. Yunlin Story House, Yunlin,Taiwan. ( Taiwan Bamboo Society).

Storytelling and bamboo culture in Taiwan.

David Chen. Calligraphy and bamboo painting

9:00  Explore Old Town Pasadena

Saturday 13 September 2014

8-8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM Gerard Minakawa, California. Bamboo DNA. Large outdoor bamboo sculptures.

9:15 AM Armando Morenos, Cuernavaca, Mexico. Bamboo architecture projects in Mexico.

10:00 AM Susanne Lucas, World Bamboo Organization. Plymouth, Massachusetts. Tribute to Ned Jaquith. Book presentation: ”Bamboo”.

10:30 AM BREAK

10:45 AM Niramit Sareerudt, Ubo Ratchatani, Thailand.  Million Guaduas for Thailand Project.

11:15 AM Susanne Lucas. Tribute to Richard Haubrich.

11:30James Clever, President. ABS National Meeting

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch: Panera

1:30 PM South Korean Ambassadors. Welcome to Damyang and WBC 2015

2:oo PM Closing Remarks

2:30 PM Auctions


6:30-9:00 (to catch the moonlight) Chinese dinner and entertainment in Chinese Garden of Flowing Fragrance

McCleod . Japanese  basket display and lecture.

9:00 PM Explore Old Town Pasadena

Sunday 14 September 2014

8-8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM – 5:30 Danielo Ramos. Full day tour to San Diego including San Diego Botanic Gardens, San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park.


8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Dr. Cliff Sussman. Half day tour of Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Gardens.and Dr. Sussman’s office garden and personal collections.

Getting to the Conference:

The following 3 small airports are quite convenient to reaching San Marino and Los Angeles area:

Ontario International Airport – about 1 hour drive.

Burbank Bob Hope Airport – about 1 hour drive.

John Wayne Airport (Orange County) – about 1 hour drive.

Also: Los Angeles International Airport – about 1 hour drive. This is a very large and congested facility.

Registration form for conference:


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Hotel Accomodations for ABS 2014 Conference

Suggested  Hotel information for attendees of the American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting – September 11-14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California area:

Please note there is a major event at the Rose Bowl this weekend. 3 Concerts for 100,000 + people Th, Fri, Sat nights so hotel rooms are VERY scarce. We do have about 73 rooms secured. Call them early! Tell them you are with American Bamboo Society. May not have web check in so use PHONE.

Saga Motor Hotel – 43 rooms

$99-110 depending on type of room.

Contact: Melodee

Main. 626-795-0431

Fax. 626-792-0559

Toll Free. 1-800-793-7242


Smoke free property

Holiday Inn Express – 20 rooms. Cut off date 8/27. Code HTO

Double (and a few with 2 singles)  $129 King $139 +12% tax

Contact: Phoebe Valino

626 792 1363

Best Western Pasadena Inn – 10 rooms.

1 king bed is $89 + $10.68 = $99.68

2 queen beds are $109 + $13.08 = $122.08

Contact: Erika Hsu

3570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 796-9100

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Nominations for At-Large Director

ABS is soliciting nominations for candidate to fill the at-large position on the Board of Directors that is currently held by Carole Meckes, whose term expires November 2014. 

As an active member of the ABS, I hope that you will be able to help identify and recruit strong candidates for this position, whether yourself or other active members of the society. Ideal candidates will have the following qualities: passionate about bamboo, respond to communications in a timely manner, plan to regularly attend national meetings (note because California codes of incorporation prohibit proxy voting, attendance is important), and routinely participate on ABS projects. The three At-Large Directors represent all ABS members and give them a voice on the Board.

If you’re interested or know of interested candidates to nominate, please email their names and contact information to, call 214-770-5754, or write to Artie Turner, 9730 Twin Creek, Dallas, TX 75228. 

For publication in the August edition of Bamboo, names and biographies of candidates must be received by July 5th.  The nomination process ends on July 20th


Artie Turner, Membership Director

American Bamboo Society

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Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming 2014



2014 will mark the sixteenth year that LGCC and ABS members have come to Avery Island to help clear and clean E. A. McIlhenny’s plantings of timber bamboos. Coordinator for the weekend is Andy Ringle, who can be reached by phone at (337) 560-1735 or by e-mail 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. This is especially important in that seating is limited for Friday and Saturday evening’s dinners.

Our weekend will begin 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, February 21st, 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 22nd, 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 (accessible once more), and the groves of mixed bamboos below Prospect Hill which comprise some of E. A.’s original study plots and which have yet to be fully inventoried. As in previous years, each person working will receive a free pole to take home as well as the opportunity to buy additional poles at very reasonable prices. In the afternoon we’ll have opportunity to relax and enjoy the groves we’ve cleaned. Then, between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., we will gather for dinner at Marsh House.

Sunday morning, February 23rd, we will reassemble at Marsh House 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 our speakers will be Lance Lee of Scholarshipwrights of Rockland, ME, who will speak on his wooden boat building program there, and the rather spectacular use of bamboo spars on sail boats in Indonesia. Lance will be taking home some bambusoides culms to be fashioned into spars for a replica craft built by his apprentices.

Lunch at Marsh House will close out the morning and the formal activities of the weekend.

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 Andy Ringle. (Use of battery-operated power tools is not recommended, however, since there are no 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 Andy Ringle at (337) 560-1735. Cars with rooftop carriers and trucks with racks are not subject to this limitation.

Please refer to or for any last-minute updates regarding the 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 which is included on page 2 of this memo.


We have secured a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday, Feb 21 and 22, 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 7, 2014.


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) @ $35.00 =$_____
Sunday Lunch – Marsh House/Avery Island: ___ person(s) @ $10.00 =$_____

(If Vegetarian, please so indicate: ___ person(s)
and 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 14, 2014.
Louisiana-Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society


This application is for a:
 New Membership
 Gift Membership (we will notify the recipient)
 Check this box if you DO NOT want to be included
in the ABS Annual Membership listing
 Digital (Conserve resources and download the
Publications from the internet)

Date ______________________________________
Name(s) ___________________________________
Address 1__________________________________
Address 2__________________________________
City ____________________State ____Zip_______
Home Tel __________________________________
Work Tel __________________________________
Fax _______________________________________
Other _____________________________________
E-mail ____________________________________
WWW ____________________________________

 Annual: $40 Digital, $50 Print – Includes a
1-year Primary Chapter membership
 3-year: $110 Digital, $140 Print – Includes a
3-year Primary Chapter for U. S. members; additional Chapters: $40 each per 3-year period
 Lifetime: $600 Digital, $800 Print – Includes ABS membership only
 Supporting: $60 Digital, $70 Print – Includes a 1-year Primary Chapter membership
 Patron: $120 Digital, $130 Print (tax deductible) -Includes a 1-year Chapter membership
 International: $40 Digital, $55 Print (outside U.S.; no Chapter membership included)
 Additional Chapters: $15 per year for each Chapter (Please check Chapter listing at right)

TOTAL $ _______________________

Send this completed form, together with your membership check made payable to LGCC, to:


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Hawaii Chapter Meets Jan 18, 2014


January 18th, 2014 at 12:00, noon
Location: Wailoa River Park in Hilo , #3 pavilion

Directions: Get on Manono, then turn north on Piilani (towards the Waiakea Pond). Follow Piilani for a couple of blocks to Park Rd. Turn right. #3 pavillion is right at the end of Park Road, beside the Wailoa River.

Our meeting will start with a potluck at noon . The club will provide plates, cutlery, napkins & glasses.

* * * Please bring lunch type food to share and your own beverage.

After lunch there will be the elections for 2014 then a short demonstration of a propagation technique for small circumference bamboo culms. Weather permitting we will also go across the highway to Liliuokalani Gardens to see the bamboos they have there and to possibly learn of ways we can help them maintain their bamboo plantings. I know there is a Vittata that is much in need of thinning so here is also a possible source of some growing stock. For some bright color in your garden this bamboo will provide beautiful yellow culms with green stripes. It is nice as an ornamental but will not provide strength for other uses.

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Southeast Chapter Meets Feb 8, 2014

The Southeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society will hold its annual meeting on February 8, 2014 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, GA.

We will meet at the Conference Center at 8:30AM for the Business Meeting after which we hope to spend some time in the Groves!

Please note: The American Bamboo Society is an all-volunteer group. As such, we could use everyone’s participation and help with Chapter Events and future planning! There are opportunities to participate on many levels, from chapter officer to volunteering at upcoming events to hosting local gatherings in your area. Please consider attending!

Questions about the meeting? send email: . We hope to see you all in Savannah!

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