Portland Bamboo Festival Sunday July 30th 2017, Hoyt Arboretum, Stevens Pavilion, 10 AM-3PM

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Societies Portland Bamboo Festival will take place Sunday July 30th Hoyt Arboretum at Stevens Pavilion from 10 AM-3PM

Our featured presenter will be Jessica Zalapa Murillo, who won a Ned Jaquith Foundation Grant last year. She will speak at 11 and at 1 about her affordable and sustainable bamboo bike building program in Mexico. Bamboo Vendors will be on hand to talk about bamboo plants, bamboo landscaping, tools, and bamboo control. They will also have their wares for sale. A free ongoing bamboo fan making workshop will be run by Charissa Brock from 11-2. An auction of rare live bamboo plants will finish off the festivities. If there was ever an opportunity to get a good deal on a rare plant this is it!

Bamboo Fan making

Bamboo Fan making

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The Portland Bamboo Festival

The Portland Bamboo Festival
July 24, 2016 10 am – 3 pm
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society hosts a festival each year at the Steven’s Pavilion, Hoyt Arboretum. Our members bring plants, tools, books and handcrafts to sell and loads of bamboo knowledge to share.
Next to the pavilion is the World bamboo Collection which is newly opened at the Hoyt.
There will be demonstrations, crafts and a rare bamboo plant auction at 1pm.  Please join us.
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Charissa Brock Bamboo Artist Opening Astoria, Oregon

Charissa Brock

bamboo sculpture

June 11 – July 5, 2016

Artwalk Reception: Saturday, June 11, 5 – 8
music by David Crabtree

contemporary works of art
1160 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR
Open daily at 11:00

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PNW 2016 winter meeting, Aloha



Where: Address: 16785 SW Annie Lane, Aloha, OR 97078

When: Saturday January 30, 2016

Advanced registration required for class.

Come spend some time in a bamboo art studio surrounded by finely crafted artwork made primarily with bamboo!
See tools and a studio set up while visiting with other bamboo enthusiasts. One of the Pacific Northwests valuable resources in working with bamboo as a fine craft material will be on hand to answer questions about working with bamboo as a material. A small workshop will be held in the morning from 9-10:30 where participants will be able to make a bamboo and paper candle votive cover while learning about bamboo as an art material. Class charge is a minimal $12.00 to cover material expenses. Advanced registration required for class.

After class (from 10:30-11) the meeting will take place where those who did not join the class can view the work, the studio, the book collection, and ask the artist and other bamboo experts questions about bamboo.  A bamboo splitting demonstration will take place. A PNWABS board meeting will take place from 11-12, all are welcome.  Potluck lunch will be from 12:00-1:00 where friends old and new can visit and talk bamboo. Anyone who wants to prune rhizomes on a small grove or help clean up the potluck is welcome to from 1:00-1:30. The get together will end promptly at 1:30.

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Winter Work Party


Where: Bamboo Valley Nursery (489 NW Creswell Ln, Albany, OR 97321)

When: Sunday November 22

Bring: Warm clothes, a good saw, and water

RSVP: Dain Sansome, (541) 223-8555


The work party last year was such a success, we’re doing it again!  Except this time, the bamboo is bigger, and we’re aiming to have even more fun!  Lunch will be included, but it’s a good idea to bring your own water bottle so you can stay hydrated during the work.  You’re welcome to show up for just part of the day, or come over for the whole event.

Some of these groves are hitting 4″ now.  You’re welcome to take home some trophy canes, and feel free to bring friends!  Like last year, this is a campout event, so if you don’t want to drive all the way home after a hard day’s harvest, feel free to hang out at Bamboo Valley for a night around the campfire.  (Of course, if the weather turns, everyone is welcome to stay at the Sansome house.)

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Work Party & Fall Meeting

At A Glance

The Date: Saturday November 14th

The Location: Karl Derrek’s Home (5624 26th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)

The Time: 12 pm

The Lowdown

There’s an amazing stand of Moso growing in Seattle, and its owner, Karl Derrek, has given permission for the PNW ABS to come over and have our annual meeting at his house.  We’re also going to have a work party, to thin out the Moso and spruce it up.  This is probably the biggest Moso in Washington, with canes at 4″ in diameter and larger, so it’s an amazing opportunity to see a unique plant.

The house is between Juneau and Findlay on 26th.  Parking is on the grass on the side of the road.

More information to follow!



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Portland Bamboo Festival


The Date: Sunday July 26th

The Location: Hoyt Arboretum Pavilion, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221

The Time: 10 am – 3 pm



Come one, come all to the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society’s Bamboo Festival at the Hoyt Arboretum.  Vendors from around the PNW will be selling live bamboo plants and related tools, books, and crafts.  There will be a live auction as well as demonstrations on bamboo cultivation including dividing rootbound potted bamboo, general maintenance, and the like.  Artist Charissa Brock will giving an ongoing bamboo fan making workshop, it’s fun for all ages!

Show your support for the PNW and the Hoyt Arboretum.  The chapter encourages anyone interested in bamboo to join the network.  Find out more at the event.

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Ned’s Birthday Bash Campout & Potluck


Where: Bamboo Garden Nursery, 18900 NW Collins Rd, North Plains, OR, 97133

When: 3 PM Saturday, July 25th to 10 AM Sunday, July 26

To Volunteer: call Nancy Obershcmidt, (503) 231-7322

To RSVP: Call Bamboo Garden, (503) 647-2700, or register at



A potluck party to benefit the Ned Jaquith Foundation, featuring workshops, fun events for the kids, a silent and live auction, birthday cake, campfire, and sumptuous oysters.  There will be an exciting guest speaker for the evening, as well as music and the option to camp out in the bamboo groves on Bamboo Garden’s 20-acre nursery.  A great double feature to precede the Portland Bamboo Festival on July 26th,

This is a POTLUCK, so please bring a side dish to share.  Parking may be tight, so also please carpool if possible.  Oysters, cake, and lemonade will be provided.  Also, volunteers are needed, so if you’d like to help out, please contact Nancy Oberschmidt.

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Bamboo Work Party


The Date: May 17

The Location: Bamboo Oasis, 16283 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007

To RSVP: (503) 590-3549



Hello bamboo volunteers and welcome to the next work party this Sunday, May 17th!

Here at the Bamboo Oasis we have lots of established bamboo gross and are looking to get some catch-up work on our thinning needs.  Primarily we are looking to have our 26 year young Bissetii grove as well as some big timber sized black bamboo thinned and their health improved because we all love happy bamboo 😉

Plan is to have a great home cooked meal as well as celebrate May’s birthday which coincides with the work party as well.  Feel free to bring any birthday desserts and your favorite beverage of choice, we will be providing options as well as fresh alkaline well water from our farms well.

We look forward to enjoying everyone’s company and getting some great bamboo poles from the groves and sharing our beautiful farm with you all.  Thanks to any and all that can attend.  Please reply or notify who you know that can tell us so we have a head count and can make sure there is enough food.  We can be found on Google by searching: Bamboo Oasis or if you’re old school like us, a call to our home phone will get you in touch with us and we can share directions.



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Peony & Bamboo Festival

At a Glance

The Date: April 25 & 26

The Time: 10 am to 4 pm

The Location: Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Ave SW, West Seattle (South Seattle College North Entrance)


The Lowdown

The Seattle Chinese Garden is hosting the third annual Peony And Bamboo Festival on the 25th and 26th of April.  The PNW ABS and the American Peony Art & Culture Association are teaming up to bring a weekend of graceful bamboo and beautiful flowers to the Chinese Garden.  There will be displays, lectures, and demonstrations, and of course wonderful plants and local crafts for sale.  Come for the bamboo, stay for the flowers!

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