Winter Potluck Meeting

WHEN: Sunday – January 20, 2013 from 12noon to 3pm

WHERE: Nancy Oberschmidt Residence - 1507 SE Alder Street. Portland, OR  97214

Come to a good old fashioned bamboo meeting! All members welcome and anyone interested in learning about the American Bamboo Society and our local chapter. A short business meeting will commence after lunch. Come meet all of us bamboo fanatics and enjoy a fun garden tour at the home of Nancy Oberschmidt. We will be honoring the passing of a good friend and one of the founding members of the Pacific NW Chapter Ned Jaquith with stories, and a slide presentation by James Clever. Please bring a main dish or side dish for everyone to enjoy. Drinks will be provided. Bring a friend!

For more information contact Adam Williams at (503) 516-2395

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2013 Seattle Bamboo Festival

2013 Bamboo / Peony / Chinese Garden Festival

  • WHEN: Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19, 2013 from 10AM until 4PM
  • WHERE: Seattle Chinese Garden - 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106 - Just north of the South Seattle Community College Campus
  • Plant sale, Demonstrations and Lectures
  • Contact: James Clever - for further details if you want to attend, be a vendor, do a demonstration or give a lecture/talk.
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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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