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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: