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American Bamboo Society 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference
30 Sep 2021 - 3 Oct 2021   Location: Perry, Georgia

The Southeast Chapter is excited to host the annual conference this year–especially since we had to postpone last year due to COVID. We look forward to welcoming all y’all in the fall with true Southern Hospitality!

2021 ABS Conference

Dates: 9/30 – 10/3 (Thurs – Sat) + optional, self-guided bamboo touring on 10/4 (Sun)

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express in Perry, GA, but the program will take place mostly outdoors at important sites in the area.

Thursday (9/30) – Daphne’s Farm

Spend the day at Bamboo Farming USA, owned by Daphne Lewis, in Hawkinsville GA. The farm has eleven major bamboo plantings, each 7 years old, and many smaller plantings of various ages.
Mingle with bamboo people, listen to speakers, eat lunch and dinner, and wander the farm. In addition to speakers & panel sessions, there will be grove tours, charcoal making and perhaps pole hauling by steers (bovines). Thomsen Bamboo is located at the farm. Tom will be there to demonstrate using bamboo–from pole to candle to charcoal.
Bring items for the silent auction. Set up a booth if you like. Meals will be catered at the farm.

Friday (10/1) – Visit Important Bamboo Sites

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park, which has an ongoing program to revive and replant the native Canebrake collection along the river and wetlands. We can walk the beautiful grounds to see cane used in ancient ceilings and walls.
Next visit the historic USDA germplasm collection for bamboo at the Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron GA. We will talk with Mike Hotchkiss, scientist and bamboo lover, and Melanie Harrison-Dunn, curator of grasses for USDA.
Robby Russell’s mature bamboo groves in Fort Valley. Admire the huge Vivax aureocaulis grove; see a henon grove that flowered three years ago. Walk through a mature moso grove and a praecox grove.

Saturday (10/2)

We begin at the Moso grove of Tobaris Holmes in Unadilla. Tobaris and his family will show you the grounds and talk of “learning from mistakes” and future plans.
Visit the home of Kay and Jaap Kopperdrayer in Odum, GA. The Koppedrayers build and sell traditional bamboo arrows and bows. Jaap is a renowned maker of bamboo bows both traditional Japanese or any style. We will tour their groves and they will demonstrate their modern Taiwanese bamboo processing machines for splitting poles and planing the split for perfect lamination.

Sunday (10/3) – Visit other bamboo sites

We will provide maps of other interesting places to visit in the south Georgia area. Tour at your own pace.


Email Kristen Comstock, ABS At-Large Board Member & VP, Southeast Chapter.
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2021 Conference Planning Committee
ABS Southeast Chapter
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