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,, 206-849-2055; James Clever,, 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 /

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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