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 Avery2014@bamboocraft.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. 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 www.lgcc-abs.org or www.bamboocraft.net 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:
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 Check this box if you DO NOT want to be included
in the ABS Annual Membership listing
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Address 1__________________________________
Address 2__________________________________
City ____________________State ____Zip_______
Home Tel __________________________________
Work Tel __________________________________
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Other _____________________________________
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 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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