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


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)


past events
Ned's Birthday Bash! 

July 12th,  3 PM to 11 PM, overnight camping optional.

Bamboo Garden will host Ned's Birthday Bash! Proceeds from the campout activities will benefit the non-profit Ned Jaquith Foundation. This will be our main fundraising event for the year. We will be holding two special bamboo related classes (read below), and folks are invited to wander the groves, ask bamboo questions, visit with friends old and new, and partake in a potluck which will include BBQ Albacore tuna. Camping at the nursery is optional.

• Silent auction of items from Ned’s private collection

• Live bamboo plants to purchase and rare bamboo auction

• Fresh caught BBQ tuna, campfire, campout and birthday cake

• POTLUCK (bring your favorite side dish to share)

Class: Traditional Cooking with Bamboo

In this class Kerry Huang, a traditional Asian food cook from Seattle, WA, will introduce students to a delicious range of dishes that incorporate bamboo canes stuffed with rice, leaves wrapped around rice and meat, and of course bamboo shoots. Because bamboo has such a mild flavor most of the dishes involve steaming or parboiling. Kerry says "Culm-steamed dishes are often broiled/baked/grilled as a matter of tradition, but they can also be steamed, as people do in Taiwan or in the Li (ethnic minority) Nation." Although we are still finalizing which dishes students will learn to cook, Kerry will include a few of the following: Culm-steamed sticky rice , Zongzi (It's like an Asian tamale), Culm-infused green tea, and Culm/Leaf steamed dishes. The prepared dishes will become a part of the food served at the potluck. Students will go home with the knowledge of cooking with bamboo and recipes. Preregistration is required and class size is limited to 30 students and is $40.  From 2 to 5 PM, July 12th. 


Class: Traditional Bamboo Basketry

Stephen Jensen, who recently moved to Oregon from New Mexico, studied bamboo basketry at the Bamboo Vocational School in Beppu Japan. He will be taking workshop students through the process of making a Shikainami basket out of pre-prepared bamboo strips. Preregistration is required and class size is limited to 10 students.  $40.
11 AM to 1 PM, July 12th

Portland Bamboo Festival

July 13th 10 AM to 3 PM
Hoyt Arboretum in Portland Oregon
4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221


Every year the Pacific Northwest American Bamboo Society (PNWABS) puts on a Bamboo festival at Steven's Pavilion at the Hoyt Arboretum. Many bamboo vendors bring plants, tools, books, and handicrafts to sell. (including Bamboo Garden) The PNWABS is always looking for new vendors. (Contact Noah Bell at for details) Charissa Brock, will be there giving an ongoing bamboo fan making workshop Show up at anytime between 11 and 3 to to make a fan. All ages welcome.

There will be bamboo lectures and demonstrations to teach new comers how to properly select, grow, and maintain bamboo.

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