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

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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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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

Website: thesagamotorhotel.com

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 artieturner@gmail.com, 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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