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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 http://www.sec-bamboo.org/ of the American Bamboo Society will hold its annual meeting on February 8, 2014 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens www.coastalgeorgiabg.org 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: tcato@mail.com . 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 bambooweb.info/ABSauction

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: frabin39@hotmail.com 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 bamboolh@gmail.com

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: http://www.tropicalbamboo.org/abs_conference2013_signup.htm

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: http://www.mounts.org/
West Palm Beach, FL

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

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Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming Feb 22-24, 2013


2013 marks the fifteenth year that Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter and American Bamboo Society members will have come to Avery Island to help clear and clean E. A. McIlhenny’s plantings of timber bamboos.

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2012 ABS Conference Pictures

Thanks to everyone who attended the ABS2012 National Conference in Austin, Texas – a great time was had by all.
Here are 3 different versions of event pictures:

Tom Harlow’s Pictures from the ABS2012 National Conference:

Gib Cooper’s Pictures:

Carole Meckes’s Pictures:


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Bamboo Houses Built for Refugee Orphans



These Soe Ker Tie Houses were built on the Thai Burmese border for Karen refugee orphans.

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