2011 ABS Conference and Meeting

The ABS Annual Meeting of 2011 will be held October 13-16 in Louisiana, sponsored by the Louisiana-Gulf Coast Chapter. Headquarters and the main venue will be at the Holiday Inn Lafayette, 2032 NE Evangeline Thruway in Lafayette, LA 70501.
Avery Island is a historic site for bamboo, thanks to the efforts of Edward Avery McIlhenny, son of Edmund McIlhenny, the founder of McIlhenny Company,  manufacturers of Tabasco. Working with David Fairchild and his colleagues in the USDA’s Office of Plant Introduction, McIlhenny established one of the largest and most successful early plantations of bamboo in this country.
Note: an excellent summary of E. A. McIlhenny’s contributions in growing bamboo successfully from 1909 onward was given in an article by Andrew Ringle (a cousin) in BAMBOO vol. 23, no. 6, 2002.

Activities planned for this year’s meeting so far are:
Thursday, 13 October:
Field trip to Avery Island, including luncheon and a full schedule of grove explorations and on-site talks both in <http://www.junglegardens.org>Jungle Gardens and elsewhere on the Island.
Friday, 14 October:
Speakers and workshops at the Holiday Inn, Lafayette
Saturday, 15 October:
Speakers and workshops, ABS business meeting, and plant/non-plant auction at the Holiday Inn, Lafayette;
evening banquet and an open-to-the-public presentation at <http://shadowsontheteche.wordpress.com/>The
Shadows on the Teche, New Iberia.
Sunday, 16 October:
Field trip to Jefferson Island, including tours of <http://www.ripvanwinklegardens.com/>Rip Van Winkle
Gardens and <http://www.liveoakgardens.com/>Live Oak Gardens, with on-site presentations.

Contact: Andrew Ringle: andrew.ringle@gmail.com

Elizabeth Edwards: abbevillebamboo@att.net



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