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 /

Executive Director, Ned Jaquith Foundation,

Executive Director, World Bamboo Organization,

Vice President, American Bamboo Society


To RSVP for this presentation, contact Noah Bell at Bamboo Garden Nursery,; (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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Fall Business Meeting

This year’s General and Business Meeting are going to be held in Redmond Washington at the home of Jim & Nancy Zimmerman in Redmond, WA. The general meeting is scheduled for 11, with a potluck lunch after; please bring something if you plan to attend.

More Info

The PNW Fall meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 11, 2014
All are Welcome to,
Jim and Nancy Zimmerman’s home and garden
11643 73rd Pl.
Kirkland WA 98084
(425) 823-9044

Arrivals anytime after 10AM welcome.
The PNW Board meeting is scheduled for 11AM
A potluck lunch at Noon. So bring a food item to share.
After lunch a presentation about the ABS
Conference so bring your photos and stories.
And following, a tour of the bamboos…
The Zimmerman’s have a large garden for an urban setting that was
remodeled last year. Jim has been collecting bamboos growing them in the ground
for over 20 years. His Phyllostachys vivax is close to 4 inches in diameter.
Help us ID some of the unmarked species.

Parking is very limited so please car pool.

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July 12th and 13th Portland Oregon Events

Ned Jaquith Foundation, Ned’s Birthday Bash and Campout.
Saturday July 12 to the morning of Sunday July 13:

Ned’s Birthday Bash at Bamboo Garden Nursery, 18900 NW Collins Rd North Plains OR 97133.

Guests are welcome to start arriving at 3:00 pm, with the party officially kicking off at 5:00 pm and dinner at 5:30. Guests may pitch their tent anywhere on the 20-acre property, and are welcome to take tours of the grounds. There will be a barbecue and live music; guests please bring side dishes and beverages. A campfire will be going from dusk until 11:00 pm. In addition, the Festival will feature: • A live auction of rare bamboo after dinner to benefit the NJF • Movie presentation: Wild China • Stephen Jensen doing a workshop on bamboo basket weaving from 11:00 until 1:00 pm • Kerry Huang giving a demonstration and workshop on traditional Chinese bamboo-centric cooking techniques from 2:00 until 5:00 pm Donations to the live auction are welcome. Please note that space at the workshops is limited, so if you’re interested be sure to sign up early. Fees are $40 per class. For more information or to RSVP go to: … =8uw8kzdab

Sunday July 13

The Portland Bamboo Festival, held at the Pavilion of the Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd Portland OR 97221.

The event will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and will feature bamboo vendors, bamboo lectures, and a live auction of cool and unusual species. Charissa Brock will also be giving an ongoing fan-making workshop between 11:00 and 3:00. In addition, the Hoyt will show off the start of their new Bamboo Collection, which has been given a place of honor just down from the Arboretum Pavilion. Please remember that this is strictly a mite-free event. New vendors are always welcome; please contact Noah Bell for more information or to RSVP,
Of Note: Things are shifting into gear for the installation of the Hoyt Arboretum’s new Bamboo Collection. The permits have been filed and the removal of existing plantings is scheduled to begin this month, with the first bamboo plantings expected to be in by early July. Thank you to Peggie and Martin of the Arboretum for your tireless work on this project, as well as thank you to Bamboo Garden for a generous donation of bamboo plants for the collection.
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2014 Seattle Bamboo Festival

Bamboo / Peony / Chinese Garden Festival

Seattle Bamboo Festival at the Seattle Chinese Garden

Saturday-Sunday, May 17–18, 2014 10 am to 4 pm

At the: Seattle Chinese Garden 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Just North of the South Seattle Community College Campus

Plant sale, Demonstrations and Lectures 10AM until 4PM Saturday & Sunday

Contact: James Clever
or 206-371-1072 for further details.
Talks and Demonstrations scheduled

Gary Marzolino
Fernhill Bamboo Nursery
Talk Title: “Tips on Bamboo Planting” Saturday Only 11AM

Ian Connor, Portland, Oregon
Connor Bamboo
Talk Title: “Garden with Bamboo” Saturday & Sunday Noon

John Stamey, San Juan Island, Washington
Wild Bird Bamboo
Talk Title: “Clumping Bamboo Propagation” Saturday Only 1PM

James Clever Bamboo Gardener LLC
Talk titles: “10 Favorite Bamboo Working Tools”, 10:30AM “Making a Bamboo Broom” 2PM “Basic Bamboo Care” 10AM Saturday & Sunday

Noah Bell, North Plains, Oregon
Bamboo Garden Nursery
Talk Title: “ Hardy Clumping Bamboos on the Horizon”
Sunday Only 1PM


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2014 NW Flower and Garden Show

The NW Flower and garden show is Feb. 5 to 9th at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.
The PNW Chapter will have an information booth at the show.
Contact Jim Engan to help out at the booth and get a free pass to the show.
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Annual business meeting of the PNW Chapter

I invite you to attend the annual business meeting of the PNW on September 15, 2013.  The meeting will be held at the home of Sandra Bastian, in Tenino, Washington, from 11:00am to approximately 3:00 pm. (directions below).   According to PNW bylaws the association Board of Directors shall call for an annual meeting of the members to elect members of the board, review the organizations financial status, consider the overall well being and proposed operations of the PNW as well as its goals and objectives for the upcoming year.  This is an opportunity for you to have a face to face conversation with other PNW members as well as the board to voice your opinion regarding issues significant to the PNW community as you experience them.

As with any voluntary organization the PNW is only as viable as the degree to which the needs and desires of its members are met.  By taking part in the workings of the group you are more likely to assure the vitality of the association as well as promote a better connection between you and others who share similar interests in bamboo.  I very much look forward to seeing you at the Tenino meeting!

Galyn Carlile, Interim President

Pacific Northwest Chapter, American Bamboo Society

Directions to the meeting!

•          Sandra Bastian
2812 140th Ave. S.W
Tenino, WA 98589
•          From the north: take exit 95 circle around under freeway, go straight to 1st rd- Reeder rd. Turn right. There is fire station on the corner. Go to top of hill turn left on 140th to second house on left.
•          From the south: take exit 95, turn right, go straight forward and make a right turn on Reeder road then go to the  top of hill and turn left on 140th, second house on left.

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2013 Portland Bamboo Festival


Portland Bamboo Festival
A fundraiser event for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society a 501 (C)3 not-for-profit corporation.
WHEN: Sunday July 14th, 2013 – 10 AM to 3 PM
WHERE: Hoyt Arboretum Picnic Pavilion  4000 Southwest Fairview Boulevard, Portland Hundreds of live Bamboo plants in containers to purchase and take home with you, cut bamboo canes, books, and tools for sale by several different and knowledgeable vendors. We will have the following lectures, demonstrations, and workshops:

  • 11 to 12:30 – Free Bamboo Fan making workshop for kids by local bamboo artist, Charissa Brock
  • 11:30 – Working with bamboo in the landscape and growing bamboo in containers, by Lloyd Dubois of Bamboo Rescue.
  • 12:30 – Demonstration on how to divide clumping and container bamboo by John Stamey, of Wild Bird Bamboo.
  • 1:30 to 2pm – Bamboo Cane Splitting demonstration Charissa Brock

Event Coordinator Contact:

Noah Bell

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Ned Jaquith Memorial

Host: Bamboo Garden
Phone: 503-647-2700
When: Saturday July 13 at 5:00 PM
Where: Bamboo Garden
18900 NW Collins Rd
Portland, OR 97133
Please RSVP here: and click on the Evite Link. Be sure to include what you are bringing to the potluck, if you are camping, and  how many are in your party. This will help us organize this special event!

Ned V. Jaquith, July 14, 1939 – September 26, 2012
Ned’s Birthday Memorial Weekend!

3:00 Arrive,set up tents,tour the groves,or help out.
5:30 Potluck! Please bring side dishes to share. Fresh caught tuna, Korean BBQ, vegetarian BBQ, lemonade, and birthday tribute cake provided.
7:00 Taiko drumming performance by Monmouth Taiko in Ned’s Moso Grove
7:45 Memorial, including remembrances in the grove, slides, and a special announcement about the Ned Jaquith Foundation
9:15 Family oriented film
11:00 Lights out, all who want to camp are free to.

Please RSVP with what you are bringing to the potluck, if you are camping, and how many are in your party. This will help us organize this special event! We will be sending updated information via email and posting here.
Please try to carpool. We are working on how to provide parking for a large # of vehicles, but need your help. More information soon.
Donations to the Ned Jaquith Foundation will be accepted in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made at the memorial or at

Sunday will be an annual event Ned loved-the Portland Bamboo Festival at Hoyt Arboretum from 10 am-3 pm

Nearby Grocery Stores:
New Seasons
1453 NE 61st Ave, Hillsboro, (503) 648-6968
Fred Meyer
22075 NW Imbrie Dr, Hillsboro, OR , (503) 747-1100
Costco (One of Neds favorite places!), 1255 NE 48th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124, (503) 681-2800

Nearby hotels:
You can post where you are staying in hopes your friends will stay at the same hotel!
Mcmenamin’s Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116
(877) 992-9533
Fairfield Inn & Suites Portland West/Beaverton
15583 NW Gateway Court, Beaverton 97006
Hilton Garden Inn
15520 Northwest Gateway Court, Beaverton, OR 97006
Homewood Suites
15525 Northwest Gateway Court, Beaverton, OR 97006
Residence Inn by Marriott
(in south waterfront area downtown PDX), 2115 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201, (503) 552-9500

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