2024 American Bamboo Society Conference

         The 2024 American Bamboo Society Annual Conference will take place on October 17-20 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The ABS Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, October 17th and on Thursday evening there will be a Welcoming Meet and Greet.  On Friday and Saturday, October 18-19 the conference venue is the Bayer Event Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. On Sunday, there will be time to visit the gardens and the St Louis Zoo.

            On Friday, October 18th, Dr. Lynn G. Clark, Ph.D., a Professor of Botany at Iowa State University, will lead a Bamboo Class. Dr. Clark has over 40 years of experience in grass systematics and evolution, phylogenetics and plant morphology/anatomy including both collections-based research and molecular analyses. Her research has focused primarily on bamboo diversity and systematics. Dr. Clark has served as Director of Iowa State’s Ada Hayden Herbarium for 32 years. The herbarium houses 640,000 plant specimens—the 12th largest university collection of plants in the United States. Dr. Clark is the Interim Chair, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, at Iowa State University.

     On Saturday, October 19th, there will be presentations, and live and silent auctions to raise funds for grants which are administered by the Ned Jaquith Foundation.  Presentations will cover growing bamboo in cold climates, native American bamboos, bamboo installation and maintenance, exploring bamboo pathogens, and much insight on running bamboo businesses.  There will be a wealth of bamboo learning to share. Registration is now open https://www.bamboo.org/2024-registration/

Lodging:

            The Moonrise Hotel St Louis is the selected hotel and it is suggested that everyone should reserve their rooms ASAP.  There will not be a group rate this time.  Room sharing is encouraged and if you would like assistance in acquiring a bamboo roommate, please send your request by email and the planning committee will connect you with other potential roommates. 

Introducing Our Presenters

Dr. Lynn Clark
Dr. Lynn Clark
Julian Campbell
'Arundinaria of the Southeastern USA: an Update on Ecology and Conservation'
Susanne Lucas with Moso Bamboo
Susanne Lucas 'Cold-hardy Temperate Phyllostachys and Fargesia'
Jimmy Triplett
Jimmy Triplett, Taxonomist focusing on the Evolution of the Temperate Bamboos
Dain Sansome climbing moso bamboo culms
Dain Sansome 'Tools & Equipment for Installing, Controlling & Managing Bamboo'
Bishwo Adhikari, USDA
Bishwo Adhikari, USDA Quarantine Program
David Barlett,
David Barlett, Bartlett Hauber Landscaping Inc., Kansas City Missouri "Bamboo Installation and Maintenance"

Many thanks to our Annual Conference 2024 Sponsors!

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