Summer Campout and BBQ (along with the Fall Membership & Business Meeting)

Paul Lee has graciously offered his facility to campers for an overnight stay in his mature bamboo groves. This is a catered event and we will have lots of food and beverages for you and your family. Come out and enjoy old friends and make new ones among the beautiful bamboos at Paul Lee’s place. If there is enough interest we may have a rare bamboo auction exclusively for attendees.

Fall Membership and Business Meeting, Saturday, September 8th – 4:00 PM at Bamboo and Koi Garden. Summer Campout and Chapter BBQ to begin thereafter. This is your chance as a voting member to select the chapter board members, and for the board members to select their officers. If you would like a volunteer position within the chapter please come to the meeting and introduce yourself!

Bamboo and Koi Garden – 2115 SW Borland Road,  West Linn, OR   97068   Phone: (503) 638-0888

Board of Director positions available:

President – The “big picture” person who runs the meeting, sets agenda and oversees committee work.
Secretary – Documents meetings and publishes them to the membership.
Director – Voting member of the Board
Chapter Representative – Represents the chapter at the national ABS level and handles any questions from the public.

We also need a Newsletter Editor. We would like to publish an electronic newsletter of chapter happenings quarterly. Familiarity with publishing, graphic design, copywriting and Constant Contact is a plus but not required. Enthusiasm for all things bamboo is!

Please submit any questions or comments to me at or call me at (503) 516-2395.

I hope to see you and your family on September 8th!

Thank you,
Adam Williams, Secretary
Pacific NW Chapter of the American Bamboo Society
C# (503) 516-2395

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2012 Portland Bamboo Festival

Bamboo Festival
Sunday July 29
9 AM to 3PM
Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum picnic Shelter
Free to all
There will be a rare bamboo auction at 11:00 AM
many types of bamboo for sale
clumping bamboos, Timber Bamboos and dwarf groundcover bamboos
Charissa Brock
the American Bamboo Society arts and crafts coordinator
Will conduct a fan making class for Children
Contact Adam Williams (503) 516-2395
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2012 Seattle Bamboo Festival

Join us on Earth Day (April 22) for a celebration of bamboo at Seattle Chinese Garden.
The American Bamboo Society’s Pacific Northwest Chapter will hold workshops on various topics including types of bamboo, how to grow bamboo in your yard, and what you can build with bamboo. The American Bamboo Society President James Clever and other experts will be on hand for your questions. There will also be a bamboo plant sale, an auction of rare bamboo plants, and kid friendly activities.

Seattle Chinese Garden 6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Time: Noon to 4:30PM Vendors can set up at 10AM

Cost to attend: FREE

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Winter 2011-2012 PNW Newsletter

The Latest PNW Newsletter is now in the downloads section.

You can go directly to the newsletter at ;


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Sept 11, 2011 PNW Bamboo Meeting

The annual fall meeting will be held on Sunday, September 11 at the Outdoors By Design Nursery in Shelton, WA at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will include reports to the members from the President, Treasurer, and our ABS representative. Remember, Board members are elected at the fall business meeting, so if you want to actively serve on the Board, be sure to make this meeting! At noon, we will have we a potluck lunch, (the Chapter will be providing a main dish and beverages) and short garden tour. Depending on attendance, James Clever and/or Phil Comer will make presentations on bamboo basics. Don’t miss a great opportunity to catch up with friends, learn about bamboo, and share a great meal! Hope to see you here.

Phil Comer President PNWCABS

Driving directions: From I-5 N or S, take exit 104 to Hwy 101 North, Aberdeen/Port Angeles. Follow Hwy 101 North for about 5.5 miles, then exit on right, following sign to 101 North, Shelton/Port Angeles. Continue on Hwy 101 for about 11.5 miles, then take the exit to North 3, Shelton/Bremerton. Bear to the right and merge onto North 3. We are the first house on the left, immediately after the merge onto North 3.

Note: Our mailing address is 221 SE State Route 3, Shelton, WA 98584, but if you are using Google maps, enter “221 SE Olympic Hwy S”.

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Bamboo Campout

Campout in the bamboo.

Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Rd. North Plains, OR

Saturday, August 20 from 4:00 PM to Sunday, August 21 at 12:00 PM
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Charissa Brock will be at the Portland Festival

Charissa will be demonstrating splitting bamboo and doing some traditional fine splitting.

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Latest Portland Bamboo Festival Schedule

The Festival is July 31st from 9AM to 3PM.

The talks will start at Noon in the upper lecture theater and run until 3PM

The speakers are as follows.

Ian Connor

landscape design etc.

Ned Jaquith

growing bamboo from seed and the potential that seed offer.

Noah Bell

clumpers that were grown from new generation seedlings ( a continuance of Ned’s talk).

Dain Sansome

growing bamboo for timber and shoots and how to control bamboo in cities with machinery (which will be on display outside).

The plant auction will start at 2:00.

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PNW Downloads

I have been adding the newsletters to the downloads page and I will be adding more documents as I get time.

You can get to the downloads page by the link on the right side of this page.


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Portland festival and meeting updates

Ian Connor is the current contact person for the meeting/festival.
(503) 734-5735

July 30 Meeting

All are welcome to visit Paul Lee’s private collection of perhaps the largest timber bamboos in the Pacific Northwest at his nursery

Time:  5pm PNW Board Chapter Meeting – all welcome.
Followed by tour and pot luck at 6pm

Paul Lee will be cooking rice in the Chinese Timber Bamboo (Phyllostachys vivax)

July 31 Bamboo Festival

Once again, the Hoyt Arboretum is gifting the Visitor Center Lecture Theatre and Picnic Area for this event at
4000 Southwest Fairview Boulevard
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 865-8733

Time:  9am to 3pm.

Talks and demonstrations:
These will be held at the Lecture Theatre at the Visitor Center.
There will be talks on taking care of spreading bamboos, selecting the best and new clumping bamboos, plus workshops from leading artists working with bamboo.

Plant Sale:
Plants will be available for sale at the picnic area below the Visitor Center.  The sale helps the chapter provide events such as this, as well as lectures and aid for conservation.  There will be numerous leading experts on growing bamboo in this region available for advice on care and landscaping.


Any last minute changes will be added to the events calendar first at


There is an article on bamboo and the festival at:


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