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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Seattle Chinese Garden Workshop

At a Glance

When: April 4th, 10 am – 3 pm

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

What to Bring: A lunch, tools (pruning shears, loppers, hand pruners, pruning saws), and safety glasses

Wear: work clothes and sturdy shoes


The Breakdown

The Seattle Chinese Garden and the PNW Chapter are teaming up to offer a bamboo care and construction workshop.  Attendees will get a tour of the Chinese Garden and their bamboo collection, plus a lecture from Bamboo Expert James Clever, former Bamboo Society President, on how to maintain bamboo to keep it looking its best.  The lecture and demonstration will cover proper thinning, pruning, and mulching techniques, as well as a rundown of bamboo pests.  Afterwards, everyone will get to try their own hand at it on the Garden’s groves, followed by a hands-on class on different bamboo fence-building techniques.

Questions and RSVP: Bob Seeley, gardenmanager@seattlechinesegarden.org, 206-849-2055; James Clever, james@bamboogardner.com, 206-371-1072

SCG April 4 Bamboo Work Day 2015

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Bamboo Work Party

Date: SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2015
Time: 10:00 am until 12:00 or 1:00 (possibly later depending on size of group)
Address: 38242 Goar Rd, Scio, OR 97374
At a Glance: Bring warm, rain-proof clothes and drinks, and saws if you have any. Hot food will be provided. Grove is small (approx. 0.1 acre) but needs a lot of work.

A group party to work on the grove at Dan Smith’s place, and we need all the help we can get. The grove is small but thick! Approximately 0.1 acre in size. It hasn’t seen a full go thru since ’08, but still it has managed to gain ground.
Checked it out the other day and cut a few from the perimeter to ease our access. Measured 4.25″. I’ll bring the chipper for brush munching and a selection of hand saws and belts new in from Nihon. Give em a try if you like. Bring your own saws too. There will be lots of canes again to take home. We’ll bring some hot soup and munchies to go round; please bring your own drinks. I’m guessing we’ll be able to clean the grove out in 2-3 hours if there’s a healthy bunch of hands. It would definitely be an all-day affair for just two or three strong sets of arms. Tangled broken tops on lovely canes.
Dress for fun! The random long range forecast slot machine currently rings up yucky, but will undoubtedly change.

See ya there
Dain Sansome

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Seattle Flower and Garden Show

Event Title: Northwest Flower and Garden Show (February 11-15th)

Once again, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society will be participating in Seattle’s famous Northwest Flower and Garden Show in the Washington State Convention Center this February.  The Flower and Garden Show is the Pacific Northwest’s gateway to Spring, with a heavenly-smelling entry garden, dramatic floral arrangements in both the Western and Asian styles, gorgeous display gardens ranging from the very large to the very small (and created by some of the industry’s premier designers), educational booths and seminars, and vendors selling every kind of garden product imaginable.

Every year, the Pacific Northwest Chapter takes an educational booth near the orchid growers, in order to expand the knowledge of bamboo in the public consciousness.  As always, we are looking for brave souls willing to exalt all things bamboo!

The show runs from 9am-8pm Wednesday through Saturday, and from 9am-6pm on Sunday.  Our chapter splits each day into morning or afternoon shifts; gas and parking will be reimbursed by the Chapter, and of course admission to the show floor is free for all volunteers for the entire day you participate.


To sign up, or for any questions, contact Anna Foleen (503-863-1104) or Mark Meenan (617-320-5433)

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Winter Work Party

10:00 AM Sunday December 14th

Come join the PNW ABS in caring for the groves in Ned & Nancy’s neighborhood, including the original stand of P. edulis ‘Jaquith’ planted by Ned in the 1980s.  This will be a fun work party Southeast Portland.  The Pacific Northwest Chapter will provide the expertise and the neighbors will help with lots of energy.

We will groom bamboo in three yards:

1. 1507 SE Alder (Thin the Moso Grove, Grind out some ground cover bamboo, and deepen the Moso trench)

2. 1535 SE Alder (Thin the Vivax)

3. 614 SE 15th (Thin the Vivax)

We will be renting a stumpgrinder for the day, so for those of you with very impacted bamboo groves, this is an ideal chance to learn if a stumpgrinder is the appropriate tool for you and how to use it properly to take out rhizomes.


10:00 am – meet at Nancy’s, 1507 SE Alder St.

12:30 pm – Break for Lunch – Hot soup and cider, salad and dessert will be provided.

Wear layers; be ready for rain and mud.  Bring tree saws and pruners.

RSVP Nancy Oberschmidt, (503) 231-7322

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PNW ABS Winter Presentation

January 31st, 12:30-2:30
Hoyt Arboretum, Bill DeWeese Classroom

Presentation Title: Looking into Moso plantations, China

I have been working as an independent consultant to commercial companies interested in developing bamboo plantations in the U.S. Most recently, concerns regarding the availability of bamboo plants for research plots, and the clonal integrity of bamboo seedlings produced in-vitro, have led me to question of the feasibility of growing moso bamboo as a source for paper pulp in the United States.

China is reported to have both the largest and the fastest growing bamboo sector, involving more than ten million bamboo farmers, providing 35 million jobs and generating a market value of over 10.5 billion U.S. dollars of exports of various bamboo products for the global market. Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens [syn. edulis]) has the highest ecological, economic and cultural value of all bamboos in Asia, accounting for almost 70% of the total area of bamboo growth. This bamboo alone is valued at 5 billion U.S. dollars of annual forest production in China. For these reasons, I traveled to China to find out first-hand about moso plantation development, and other aspects of moso cultivation that is required for successful translation in the United States.

I went to China in February 2014 to ask questions and visit plantations. Please come hear and see my impressions.

Susanne Lucas, Horticulturist
9 Bloody Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA

www.susannelucas.com / susannelucas@gmail.com

Executive Director, Ned Jaquith Foundation, www.nedjaquithfoundation.org

Executive Director, World Bamboo Organization, www.worldbamboo.net

Vice President, American Bamboo Society


To RSVP for this presentation, contact Noah Bell at Bamboo Garden Nursery, bamboo@bamboogarden.com; (503) 647-2700

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Bamboo Work Party

Come learn how to properly thin and maintain running bamboo from the experts! Saturday November 15th, 2014 the American Bamboo Society will be having a Bamboo Thinning Work Party at Dain Sansome’s Bamboo Valley in Albany, OR. Spend several hours working with the bamboo, then finish the day with a bamboo bonfire, and even take home some canes.
Current long-term forecasts say that the weather will be nice that week. Participants are welcome to camp out in the groves if the weather is good; or stay over at the Sansome house if the weather turns poor. Lunch will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own saws.

This will be a child-friendly event.

Where: Bamboo Valley Nursery, 489 NW Creswell Ln, Albany, OR 97321
When: Saturday November 15th 2014, 10 am-2 pm
Bring: Warm clothes, a fine-toothed saw, water bottle
RSVP: Dain Sansome, (541) 223-8555

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