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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ABS Online Auction closes Oct. 5, 2013

The Live auction will be on October 12th in Loxahatchee, FL , but if you cannot make the conference you can get your bids in on some of the auction plants at

The highlight this year is an auction for BOTA that gives the naming rights for a newly discovered species of Chusquea in Mexico. The auction is at: new Chusquea

This year’s auction also includes some new imported plants that the ABS has brought into the US.

The income from the auction allows the ABS to support bamboo research, new plant importation and other grants.

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Big Bamboo Contest

The ABS has expanded its Big Bamboo Contest to include gathering data on the size that the various large bamboos reach in each State. Here is the info that you need to collect:

Measure the diameter of each bamboo species in your area that measures over 1 1/2 inches. Measure at about four feet above the ground.

Data for the ABS Big Bamboo Contest must be submitted on or before October 1, 2013 for inclusion in this years competition, and a report will be available at the Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society. ABS Conference Info

Send your list of species and sizes to: or mail it to : Frasier Bingham, 407 Lakeshore Drive, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819.

Lets make a go of this, Regards, Frasier

The Big Bamboo Contest is intended to increase public awareness of bamboo and to promote American bamboo research and industry.

Potential Value
The contest has the potential to generate valuable regional information. Which species grows best in a specific region? What are the best farming practices? Which clones within a species are biggest?

Bamboo grows wood faster than trees. Bamboo produces edible bamboo shoots every spring. Bamboo is evergreen and sequesters carbon year around. Its leaves are eaten by livestock; its groves provide habitat for wildlife. Bamboo is beautiful. It is a giant grass adapted to live with forests.

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Northeast Chapter ABS EVENT June 15, 2013

June 15th 2013 – Saturday
9am to 6pm

Come join us for a bamboo work party!
Learn thinning and harvesting techniques. Control strategies.
Large collection of both running and clumping cold-hardy bamboos
Help rejuvenate overgrown groves.
(Bring your own tools)
Chapter meeting, Bamboo auction, Cook out!
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD & DRINK – we will have a grill going, so bring something to share. Bring a cooler w/ ice please.

East West Bamboo Farm and Garden
14 Yellow City Road, Amenia, NY 12501
RSVP Larry 845-373-9020

Amenia NY is north of Manhattan up the Hudson River…. in Dutchess County. Less than 2 hours from the city. It is about 3 hours southwest of Boston. It is a lovely community with farms and rolling hills and lots of green : ) Lots of BAMBOO green : )

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American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting & Conference 2013

American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting & Conference 2013
The 2013 American Bamboo Society Annual Conference
October 10 – 13, 2013

West Palm Beach, Florida

“Bamboo – Uniting the Continents” – The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society, is being hosted by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter and Mounts Botanical Garden.

October in Florida is paradise at its finest with sunny days and cool evenings enjoyed in your bamboo garden, a must for all the bamboo aficionados to descend upon West Palm Beach and meet up with fellow lovers of bamboo.

Mounts Botanical Garden will be the venue location for speakers- presentations – vendors. Mounts is conveniently located near West Palm International Airport and a limited number of rooms have been secured at a special “American Bamboo Rate” at the nearby Marriott, West Palm Beach.
The deadline to book at the group rate is September 30, 2013. However, the deadline date applies only if all of our reserved rooms have not yet been booked.
If our reserved block of rooms are booked before September 30th, the regular room rate is more than double our group rate.
Please book your room(s) as early as possible.

Find all info here:

The ABS Board Meeting will be held Thursday October 10th at the Marriott. Hotel check-ins, Registrations and a Happy Hour Meet and Greet will also take place

Friday, October 11th will open the conference at Mounts Botanical Garden. Highlighted Presenters and Masters in the craft of bamboo will be Simon Velez and Marcelo Villegas of Colombia, South America.

Saturday, October 12th will begin with morning presentations and include an afternoon field trip to nearby Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Gardens for a bamboo tour and propagation workshop before the evening dinner party (Bamboopalooza!) held in the garden.

Exciting plans for an optional Friday evening dinner gathering and a fun excursion on Sunday are in the works.

Meeting Location:
West Palm Beach, FL

Thu Oct 10 – Sun Oct 13, 2013
Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach, FL (map)

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