Susanne Lucas and Ned Jaquith admire a majestic bamboo.

Beautiful, feathery foliage of P. edulis Moso. Ned and his Dogs.

Campfire by the bamboo grove

Kerry Huang, Traditional Cooking with Bamboo

photo copyright: Ned Jaquith 2007
Borinda papyrifera

A giant bamboo wheel, constructed by members of the European Bamboo Society



OCT 28th  - Nov. 11th

American Bamboo Society National conference in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico







The Birthday Bash


July 25th 2015 is the  Ned Jaquith Foundation's annual bamboo campout and BBQ potluck fundraiser! Proceeds from the camp out's activities will benefit the Ned Jaquith Foundation, which supports bamboo research. We will be holding two special bamboo related classes, and folks are invited to wander through the groves, ask bamboo questions, visit with friends old and new, and partake in a potluck which will include sumptuous oysters. Tents will be pitched and participants can fall asleep to the rustle of bamboo leaves and the music of the frogs.

The following day, July 26th, the party will continue at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland Oregon, where the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society will host vendors of bamboo plants and bamboo related products, who will be happy to help you. There will be a bamboo lecture, a free bamboo fan making workshop, and a rare bamboo auction at the end of the day. More details of each event are below, with a helpful registration link included.

Class: Bamboo Birdhouses with James Clever 

Saturday July 25th 11am-1pm

In this workshop James Clever, a bamboo grower and craftsman, will lead students  through the making of a birdhouse constructed of bamboo, wood, and copper. All ages and skill levels may attend, but anyone below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult helper. Price is charged per bird house. Pre-registration required. 


Class: Paper Making with Pulp and Deckle

July 25th, 1:30-4 pm

Students will learn paper making basics in this 2.5 hour workshop. A visual lecture on the history of papermaking and demonstration will start off the class and students will make a few small handmde bamboo paper samples to take home. Pre-registration required. 

Read more about the instructors here:

 The Potluck
5 pm
Bring a dish to share! We will have fresh caught oysters, cake, and lemonade. Feel free to bring things to put on the grill, a favorite beverage, and a side dish to share. People can wander through the groves and learn about bamboo. There will be Grantees reports, and a  guest speaker during the evening (details to follow) A camp fire will be lit at dusk and folks are encouraged to bring music instruments to jam around the fire. Potluck starts at 5 pm.

Silent Auction 1:30-7:30

Live Auction 7:30

Ned was a great collector of all things bamboo. Silent auction items will include large winnowing baskets and hand painted scarves by Carol Loverde. There are a few special bamboo cultivars that originated at Bamboo Garden, under Ned's careful eye.  They will be among the bamboos live auctioned, bringing attention to Ned's special contributions to horticulture. All auction proceeds will benefit the non-profit Ned Jaquith Foundation and are tax deductible.


The Camp Out

3 pm July 25th- 10 am July 26th

When they arrive around 3 to 4 PM, campers can set up tents in or around their favorite bamboo grove. We will have a campfire after the potluck and events. The camp out ends at 10 am Sunday and campers are asked to take their tents, all garbage, and potluck items. Campers may choose to gather at a local breakfast place while vendors for the Portland Bamboo Festival leave to set up. There is no fee for the camp out or potluck but donations to the Ned Jaquith Foundation are appreciated.   
Sign up here to camp out!

The Portland Bamboo Festival

July 26 10 AM-3 PM

Every year the Pacific Northwest Chapter American Bamboo Society (PNWABS) puts on a Bamboo Festival at Steven's Pavilion, Hoyt Arboretum (4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221). Vendors bring plants, tools, books, and handicrafts to sell (including Bamboo Garden). This year the festival takes place the day after the camp out, Sunday July 26th from 10-3 PM.  The PNWABS is always looking for new vendors. (contact Dain at 541-223-8555 or for more info.) There will be a demonstration of dividing a root bound potted plant.  Artist, Charissa Brock, will be in attendance, giving an ongoing bamboo fan making workshop. Show up at anytime between 11 and 2 to to make a fan. Its a fun workshop for all ages! Find more information here.



PNW ABS Winter Presentation

January 31st, 12:30-2:30

Hoyt Arboretum, Bill DeWeese Classroom
4000 Southwest Fairview Boulevard
Portland, OR 97221

Please RSVP:


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


Sept 12th - 14th
2014 American Bamboo Society Conference at Huntington Gardens in southern California


RARE Bamboo auction supporting the American Bamboo Society
(most of these bamboos were donated by Bamboo Garden, as part of our first release from the USDA new imports from China)


photo copyright: Ned Jaquith 2003
Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Richard Haubrich'


Photo copyright: Susanne Lucas 2014
Moso Forest in Taiwan


Charissa Brock's Bamboo Lamps hanging from the bamboo groves

He looks on Lovingly,
The Old Man and His Dog,
At the Giant Grasses
He tends.
Grown mighty with his care
And understanding
They bow in greeting 
And smile as he passes.

Beautiful black canes of the Phyllostachys nigra are among the most prized by wood workers