American Bamboo Society Auction 2017

The 2017 American Bamboo Society Annual Auction will take place at the Bamboo Sourcery Nursery & Gardens on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 3:30pm – 5:00 pm. The Bamboo Sourcery Nursery & Gardens is located at 666 Wagnon Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472.  Please visit their website for driving directions.

The auction is open to the public.

Conference attendees are planning to arrive at the nursery at 1:45pm on Friday, November 3, 2017.

Arrive at Bamboo Sourcery
1:45-3:15: Tour yet another amazing collection of bamboos
3:30-5:00: AUCTION of rare bamboos
5:00 (approx.): Travel by Carpool or Van back to SF County Fair Building

Here is the current plant list:

Plant Name    Size    Donor
Bambusa multiplex ‘Rosa’     1g    Tropical Bamboo
Bambusa pervariabilis viridistrata ‘Sunburst’   5g    Bamboo Sourcery
Bambusa pervariabilis viridistrata ‘Sunburst’   1g    Bamboo Sourcery
Bambusa textilis albostriata    2g    West County Bamboo Oasis
Bambusa tuldoides cv. ‘Swolleninternode’   1g    Tropical Bamboo
Borinda macclureana    5g    Bamboo Sourcery
Chusquea circinata    5g    West County Bamboo Oasis
Chusquea culeou    5g    West County Bamboo Oasis
Chusquea cumingii    2g    Bamboo Sourcery
Chusquea mimosa australis    5g    Bamboo Sourcery
Chusquea tomentosa    5g    Bamboo Sourcery
Dendrocalamus elegans ñ Elegant Bamboo    1g    Tropical Bamboo
Fargesia demissa ‘Gerry’       Bamboo Garden
Fargesia rufa ‘Little red’       Bamboo Garden
Fargesia scabrida ‘Silver Dragon’        Bamboo Garden
Himalayacalamus hookerianus    Seedling    Bamboo Sourcery
Himalayacalamus hookerianus falcatus    1g    Bamboo Sourcery
Phyllostachys aurea ‘Dwarf’    1g    West County Bamboo Oasis
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Harbin Inversa’    5g    Bamboo Sourcery
Phyllostachys bambusoides ‘Richard Haubrich’    7g    Paul Lee (PNWC)
Phyllostachys nigra Henon ‘Dwarf’    5g    West County Bamboo Oasis
Pleioblastus pygmaeus ‘Minimumus’        Bamboo Garden
Yushania velutina        Bamboo Garden

If you cannot make it and you would like to bid, we can be a proxy bidder for you.  Please send your maximum bid and we will bid for you up to your maximum. If you win you will have to pay the actual cost for shipping.

Send your maximum bids to

You may also visit for pictures of some of the auction plants.

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2017 American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting

American Bamboo Society
2017 Annual Meeting Program
November 1 – 4, San Francisco, California
Wednesday, November 1
Location: Garden Club Room, San Francisco County Fair Building*
9am – 5pm: Meeting of the ABS Board of Directors and Officers
ABS Members are welcome to attend and observe
Thursday, November 2
Location: Garden Club Room, San Francisco County Fair Building*
9:00-9:15: Welcome address – President Susanne Lucas
9:15-10:00: Presentation – Chris Papadopoulos
Topic: Building Materials Research; Hurricane Maria and PR Bamboos
10:00-10:45: Presentation – Lynn Clark
Topic: The Genus Chusquea, the most diverse bamboo group
10:45-11:00: Break
11:00–12:00: ABS General Membership Meeting
12:00-1:30: LUNCH on your own, many possibilities nearby
1:30-2:30: Presentation – Zach Gould
Topic: The Grass House: Building in Washington, DC
2:30-3:30: Presentation – Robert Saporito
Topic: Tropical Bamboos for Ornamental Landscapes
3:30-3:45: Break
3:45-4:30: Presentation – Martin Mortera
Topic: Emergency Housing in Mexico
4:30-4:45: World Bamboo Congress Announcement – Susanne Lucas
4:45-5:00: ABS Board meets to elect officers for 2017-2018.
5:00 on: Dinner on your own [vs ABS dinner if organized]
Friday, November 3
9:00: Meet outside County Fair Building
9:15: Travel by Carpool or Van to Sonoma County (Santa Rosa)
10:15-10:30: Arrive at West County Oasis Bamboo Nursery (Jesus Mora)
10:30-12:00: Tour this amazing collection of bamboos
12:00-1:00: LUNCH nearby
1:00: Travel by Carpool or Van to Sebastopol
1:45: Arrive at Bamboo Sourcery (Jennifer York)
1:45-3:15: Tour yet another amazing collection of bamboos
3:30-5:00: AUCTION of rare bamboos
5:00 (approx.): Travel by Carpool or Van back to SF County Fair Building;
Dinner on your own [vs ABS dinner if organized]
Saturday, November 4
10:00: Travel by Carpool or Van to Sonoma County (Windsor)
11:00: Tour of BamCore facilities, learn about bamboo use in modern housing.
12:30: Lunch courtesy of BamCore (Taco Truck style) BamCore flattens round hollow timber bamboo in a patented, low embodied energy process that uses no heat, chemicals or water and then manufactures super strong structural panels and other engineered products.​ Meet CEO Hal Hinkle and hear him tell the BamCore story. ​ We’ll enjoy a taco truck at BamCore for lunch.
1:30 – 2:30: Travel by Carpool or Van back to San Francisco
2:30 on: FREE DAY to visit other nurseries in the Bay Area, see the sights in San Francisco, get together with others to talk bamboo, and get the auction plants you won yesterday ready to take home!

REGISTRATION is $100 per person,
* SF County Fair Bldg, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way, San Francisco (south edge of Golden Gate Park)


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Puerto Rico Conference Canceled due to Hurricane Maria



Please refer to the information for the NEW Conference info which will take place on November 1-4, 2017 in San Francisco.

We are sorry for the inconvenience- HOWEVER, we are trying to coordinate a “WORK PARTY” in Puerto Rico at a later date to help our bambuseros in PR clean up and utilize the bamboos that have been busted. Again, stay tuned. Thank you.

The following is the original announcement of the meeting (with minor edits) that was to take place in Puerto Rico and we are keeping the post here in recognition of all the people in Puerto Rico who worked very hard on the planning stages of this event.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society was scheduled to take place November 1-5, 2017 in the island Commonwealth of Puerto Rico! The meeting was to take place at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus ( and was being organized by CoHemis – The Center for Hemispherical Cooperation in Research and Education in Engineering and Applied Science ( We are extremely fortunate to discover this partnership, and look forward to bringing an excellent program and opportunity to Puerto Rico. Some of you may remember when there was an active Chapter of the ABS on the island of PR, and we hope that this annual meeting will ignite new energy into this region.

Thank you to local organizing chair Christopher Papadopoulos (Department of Engineering Sciences and Materials), Jo Scheer (Tropical Treehouse), Mariano Robledo Diaz (Bamboo Puerto Rico Farms), Pablo Acevedo (Finca Tierra Unida), Ricardo Goenaga (Tropical Agricultural Research Station), Bryan Brunner (College of Agricultural Sciences), Duane Kolterman (Department of Biology), Amos Winter (Peaceful Ocean View), and Fernando Gilbes Santaella, Marcel Castro Sitiriche, Yamarie Hernández Bonet, Yesenia Echevaría Echevaría, and Cristal Del Mar Vélez Cruz (CoHemis) for their local leadership to organize the conference.

The conference dates were decided to avoid the peak hurricane season. We expect to have the opportunity to walk among the tropical bamboos of the USDA Tropical Agriculture Research Station (, as well as other bamboo sites. As some daily rain showers are to be expected, it is prudent to bring appropriate shoes, umbrellas, and other light rain gear.

World Bamboo Pioneer Floyd McClure brought many of his tropical collections to TARS. From 1944-1954, McClure served as “Field Service Consultant on Bamboo” with the Office of Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA, which took him again to six countries in Central and South America, as well as India, East Pakistan (Bangladesh), and the islands of Java and Luzon. Ultimately he was able to establish living collections of what he considered “elite” economic species in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. At the same time, he directed propagation studies at the Federal Experiment Station in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (now known as TARS, Tropical Agricultural Research Station). Also of historical note, the ABS hosted an international meeting at TARS in 1985 (, which later became known as the 1st World Bamboo Congress.

Sorry this event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Maria

 Wednesday NOV 1: 

9:00am – 5:00pm   ABS Board of Directors meeting, Mezzanine, UPRM Campus

Thursday NOV 2: Presentations on UPR campus

8:00am – 8:30am Transit to TARS / Bus pickup at Plaza Colón

8:30am – 10:00am   Visit to Tropical Agriculture Research Station (USDA)

10:30am – 12:00pm Morning Session in Stefani Amphitheater (Room 113) UPRM Campus

10:30am – 10:45am   Welcome Address, Susanne Lucas, President ABS

10:45am – 11:30am Christopher Papadopoulos, Building Materials Research Updates

11:30am – 12:30pm Fernando Gilbes Santaella, CoHemis and Bamboo

12:30pm – 2pm Lunch, Mezzanine, UPRM Campus

2:00pm – 5:00pm Afternoon Session, Mezzanine

2:00pm – 2:45pm Pablo Acevedo, An Alternative for Sustainability in Puerto Rico

2:45pm – 3:30pm   Jo Scheer, Embracing the bamboo lifestyle- mistakes I’ve made

3:45pm – 4:30pm Mariano Robledo Diaz, Bamboo Housing Projects

4:30pm – 5:30pm   Zach Gould, The Grass House: Building in Washington DC

5:30pm – 6:30pm  Tour Clemente Exhibit, UPRM Campus

6:30pm – 7:00pm Transit back to Plaza Colón

Dinner on Your Own

Friday NOV 3: Presentations on UPR campus

8:00am – 8:30am Transit to UPR campus / Bus pickup at Plaza Colón

8:30am – 10:30am Tour Civil Engineering Labs and Posters, UPRM Campus

10:30am – 12:15pm Morning Session in Civil Engineering Amphitheater, UPRM Campus

10:30am – 10:45am – Welcome and Updates

10:45am – 11:40am Lynn Clark, Bamboos of the Caribbean

11:40am – 12:15pm Robert Saporito, Tropical Bamboos for Ornamental Landscapes

12:15pm – 12:30pm Transit to Mezzanine, UPRM Campus

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm – 5:oopm Afternoon Session, Mezzanine

2:00pm – 3:00pm   Panel Discussion / Wrap up of Presentations

3:00pm – 5:00pm   Annual Fundraiser Auction

5:00pm Transit to Plaza Colón

Dinner on Your Own

Saturday NOV 4: Tours

8:00am – 8:45am Bus pickup at Plaza Colón and transit to Finca Tierra Unida (Pablo Acevedo)

8:45 – 11am Tour Finca Tierra Unida

Finca Tierra Unida (“Earth United Farm”) is a grassroots project that established a bamboo plantation in the flood plain of the Guanajibo River, in San Germán. Tierra Unida is undertaking a pilot project to determine the feasibility of using multiple bamboo species (including G. angustifoliaD. asperD. strictusG. apusB. oldhamii, and B. vulgaris) to increase and improve the riparian buffer zone. A small bamboo processing center is also being established. Tierra Unida is dedicated to employing and promoting ecologically responsible practices, community-scale economies, and education.

11 – 11:45am Transit to Mezzanine, UPRM Campus

11:45 – 2pm Lunch and Membership Business Meeting, Mezzanine

2:00 – 2:45 Transit to Rincón

2:45 – 3:45pm   Visit to Peaceful Ocean View Yoga Shala

Peaceful Ocean View is an international retreat center in Rincón, Puerto Rico. The Center features yoga and meditation retreats, yogic and ayurvedic cooking classes, kirtan events, and guest housing. The center recently completed a third story addition constructed from guadua angustifolia.

3:45 – 4pm   Transit to Tropical Treehouse, Jo Scheer’s place

Tropical Treehouse, located in Rincón, PR, is an eco-tourism center designed, built, and managed by Jo Scheer. The site features several “hooches”, or treehouses, and “hammockamas” nestled in the forest. The hooches are similar to inverted teepees, constructed with clums of G. angustifolia and supported by cables for stability. The facilities are energy and water self-sufficient and provide a beautiful natural living experience with sunset and ocean views.

4:00pm – 6:00pm Visit Tropical Treehouse / social hour

6:00pm – 9:30pm Banquet at Cowboys Cantina, Rincón

9:30pm – 10:15pm Transit to Plaza Colón

Sunday NOV 5: Field trip

10:00am – 11:00am Bus pickup at Plaza Colón and transit to Bamboo Puerto Rico Farms

11:00am – 12:30pm Tour Bamboo Puerto Rico Farms

Bamboo Puerto Rico Farms, owned by Mariano Robledo, seeks to become the first commercial supplier of construction grade bamboo in Puerto Rico. A plantation has been established with 5,000 clusters of G. angustifolia, with the first commercial harvest is anticipated to be in 2019. The plantation grounds, also known as Finca Robledo, are very beautiful recreationally, featuring several other bamboo species and a waterfall.

12:30pm – 1:00pm Transit to Centro Servicios Cristiano El Guacio

El Centro de Servicios Cristianos El Guacio (Christian Services Center of El Guacio) is located in the municipality of San Sebastian, in the sector El Guacio. The Center was founded in 1949 by the Presbyterian Church USA to offer medical and educational services to people of the area, and later grew into a Christian retreat center. In the 1950s, among other agricultural projects, and with the goal of supporting the local artisan economy, a small bamboo industry was established, including a plantation (including B. tuldaB. longuispiculataB. textilis, and B. vulgaris) and a small workshop called Guacio Craft. Crafts were produced and sold until the 1970s, after which time the Center was abandoned until recently. Today, a local nonprofit organization Bambú Pueblo is working with the Center to revive its bamboo resources by establishing a bamboo training and educational center. The ABS Conference visit to this site will support this initiative.

1:00pm – 6:00pm Tour El Guacio and workshops, with meals provided. Details TBA

Option to sleep at El Guacio – dormitory-style, starting at approximately $10 per person.

Transit to Airports from El Guacio evening of Nov. 5 and/or morning of Nov. 6, to be determined based on visitors’ itineraries.

Note: there will be no bus back to Mayaguez on Nov. 5.

Please stay tuned to the ABS website and to the American Bamboo Society Facebook page for updates and more information. The September magazine will have updates and all the info you need to know. Register early and save money!

If you have any questions, please direct them to ABS President, Susanne Lucas,

See you in Puerto Rico! Hasta pronto!


The American Bamboo Society is dependent on generous donations to fund special projects and award grant recipients, as all dues income goes to administration of the organization. Our Annual Meeting Auction is always great fun, and a great way to support ABS through your donations and your bidding! This year, we are lucky to have long-time ABS member Jo Scheer agree to receive any donations you wish to send! If you have plants or other objects of bamboo (books, musical instruments, sculptures, etc) YOU WISH TO SHIP (rather than hand-carry) please get in touch with Jo.

Jo Scheer

Ship to Address:

HC-03 Box 6780

Rincon, PR 00677

Email :

We are also very lucky to have willing volunteers to help us organize the donations to this annual fundraiser and help see the actual auction flow and raise money!

Hunter Vickers of Florida, and Landy Banks of California, will lead the team on the ground in Puerto Rico. If you have plants you wish to donate for the “live” auction, please contact Hunter.

Hunter Vickers :

If you have non-plant items you wish to donate for the “silent auction”, please contact Landy.

Landy Banks :

Please stay tuned to the ABS website and to the American Bamboo Society Facebook page for updates and more information. The September magazine will have updates and all the info you need to know. Register early and save money!

If you have any questions, please direct them to ABS President, Susanne Lucas,

See you in Puerto Rico! Hasta pronto!

Here is more information about Mayaguez, the city where the conference will be held

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Bamboo Arts and Craft 2016 Winners

Biennial Award. 2016 Awards

Paulina Hermansen

ABS Arts & Craft Coordinator

We had 16 applications to the Arts and Crafts contest. We had a great International impact this year, we had 8 country submissions: Vietnam, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, and the USA. Six US states: Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, NY, Ohio, and California made submissions.

This years jurors were: Charissa Brock (Past Arts & Craft Coordinator, Anthony Sheffler (Past winner), Gerard Minakawa- Artist

The contest had 3 categories: Craft, Sculpture/Installation, and Social Design. We had a great variety of work submitted. We have $1500 assigned towards awards.

Here are the 3 winners in each category that will be receiving $500 each.

Norine Kevolic – Craft Category ( USA)

Norine Kevolic was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1952. She has been independently exploring the use of wood and bamboo in mosaic design for over 20 years. She enjoys delving into abstract ideas like dreams, peace, enlightenment, and space, and transforming them into tangible artifacts. By using natural elements to respond to the world around her, she has produced an extensive body of work in the mediums of wood & bamboo, silverpoint drawing, and painting. She lives and works in New Hope, Bucks County, PA where she has resided for over 25 years.


Jaime Pena – Sculpture/ Installation Category (Colombia)

Jaime Alberto Peña Arias creative director and principal of Mixed Architecture, architecture studio workshop using natural materials, where Guadua Angustifolia Khunt is a representative material in our work, Arquitectura Mixta is presented as a center of green building and permaculture, where the transfer and exchange of knowledge, applied research, human development, guide our goal.


Akasa Minh- Social Design Category (Vietnam)

We, and young architects and students with local minority man, had worked together by recreating a simple constructional joint of bamboo with a new concept of contemporary requirements. A space for art and performance was built up in the small property of the MUONG minority museum, a unique private museum in Hoa Binh city 80 kilometers to the west of Hanoi. The main idea highlights the hidden values of bamboo, which is an easy way to build using hands only.


The quality of applications was very high. As a result we recommended Honorable Mentions for the following applicants (no cash award)

Honorable Mentions:

 Hung Lee (Taiwan)

Guillermo Mortera – Social Design (Mexico)

Tadashi Takanami – Craft ( Japan)

Mariha Moreira – Social Design (Brazil)

Kathy Bruce – Sculpture (USA)

Leonardo Musgrave – Craft ( USA)

Christopher Staino- USA

Daniel Patchin -USA

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American Bamboo Society Conference Agenda


Online Registration Form

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


Online Registration Form

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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