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

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

We are excited to host the

American Bamboo Society
Annual Conference 2019

Bamboo: More Than Just Panda Fodder!

Where: Portland, Oregon
When: October 16 – 20, 2019


Conference style: This is a hands-on conference, where you can see and touch bamboo in the garden, as a farm crop, being used as cane, in the pursuit of art, and as a tool to combat climate change.

Wednesday, 16th October, 2019: 09:00 to 14:00: ABS Board Meeting, Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center.

Thursday, 17th October, 2019: Garden tour
08:15: Gather at Mark Spencer Hotel, for public garden tours around Portland including the recently renovated Japanese Garden and The World Bamboo Collection at the Hoyt Arboretum.

We will then visit the Bamboo Revolution and the Bamboo Craftsman.
16:00: Tour ends at the Chinese Garden or at the hotel. Admission to Chinese Garden not included.
17:00 – 20:00: (optional) Charissa Brock - open studio.

Friday, 18th October, 2019: Bamboo Farming field trip
08:15: Gather at Mark Spencer Hotel for a field trip down the Willamette Valley to witness bamboo farming and production with Dain Sansome of Bamboo Valley, demonstrations of tools and equipment, as well as a visit to the largest grove in Oregon of
Phyllostachys vivax ("Chinese Timber Bamboo").
18:00: Return at Mark Spencer Hotel.

Saturday, 19th October, 2019: Bamboo Lectures & Bamboo Fence Workshop
08:15: Gather at Mark Spencer Hotel to travel to the Bamboo Garden Nursery.
Morning lectures:

Jos van Der Palen, internationally renowned nurseryman from the Netherlands, followed by: waste water treatment using bamboo by Jared Kinear and Deke Guderson of Clean Water Services and Pacific University, Biochar for soil remediation by Andrea Melnychenko, concluding with Daphne Lewis, author of Bamboo Farming.
Either: Bamboo fence workshop with Mark Meenan, Or: take a guided tour of the Bamboo Garden with Noah Bell and Bamboo Garden staff.
Dinner and the ABS General Meeting.
17:30: ABS Auctions, (silent and live plants).
18:45: Gather for return to Mark Spencer Hotel.

Sunday, 20th October, 2019:
Either: “Introduction to the fine craft of bamboo” workshop with Charissa Brock.
Or: Scavenger hunt of private gardens in inner Portland, (with hidden prizes).

Mark Spencer Hotel
We have group discount rates. For details, please call: (503) 224-3293. Mention the ABS for discount.

Getting there:
Public transport: Exit airport arrival lounge. Turn right and walk to end of terminal for light rail.
Purchase ticket at machine on platform ($2.50 for two hours, or $5 for day pass).
Take MAX Red Line to Galleria / SW 10th Avenue in downtown Portland. - Estimate 45 mins on MAX train.Walk west on Morrison Street to 11th Avenue (one block). Turn right on 11th Avenue & walk to hotel on west side of street, (three blocks). Walking time = 5 mins.

Updates: Go to the ABS website Contact: (503) 647-2700



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.

Photo copyright: Susanne Lucas 2014
Moso Forest in Taiwan


Charissa Brock's Bamboo Lamps hanging from the bamboo groves

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

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