American Bamboo Society Conference

by philinshelton on October 10, 2009

in Bits and Pieces

Last weekend, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society hosted the 2009 American Bamboo Society Conference at the Murano hotel in Tacoma, WA.  If you've never attended a conference, here are some pics and notes that will give you an idea of what goes on.  You can click on the pics to view a larger image, and click again to close it.


Activities started on Thursday with garden tours and classes.  I attended a class presented by Lynn Clark,  Jimmy Triplett, and Amanda Fisher. In the first half of the class, we learned about how bamboos are classified by ancestral relationships, about DNA sequencing and how it is changing what we know about the relationship of bamboo genera. The second half of the day, we learned how to describe various bamboo characters (i.e. branch, leaf, bud, node, sheath) and how to use and create a key for the identification of bamboo.

Conference Speakers

The Friday and Saturday programs were filled with presentations by growers, scientists, researchers, artists and authors.  I took in as much as I could, but I couldn't possibly get pictures of everyone, or everything going on.  At the bottom of the page, I have included links where you can find out more about the presenters and their work (if I could find a website associated with a name).

Vendors and Art Displays

Right next door to the presentation room, artists and bamboo-related businesses displayed and sold their items. In the same room, silent auction items and bamboo plants donated for the live auction were available for viewing.


Sunday was Farm Day at the WSU research groves in Puyallup, WA.  Activities included a soils class, demonstrations on grove maintenance and the use of proper tools.  This may have been my favorite day of the conference - perfect weather in an outdoor classroom, surrounded by friends old and new to bamboo!


Here are some links to some of the conference participant's  websites. I will add more if I can find them!


Ted Meredith Carol Stangler Daphne Lewis

Arts and Crafts

Carol Meckes Charissa Brock Romy Benton Greg Kono Paul Wisdom

Scientists and Researchers

Jimmy Triplett Lynn Clark

Growers and Nurseries

Bamboo Garden Bamboo Gardens of Washington Bamboo Gardener Boo-Shoot Gardens Boxhill Farms GreentopLLC Jade Mountain Bamboo Outdoors By Design Tropical Bamboo Nursery & Garden

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Doss October 18, 2009 at 11:43 am

Phil, what a great site! Good work.

philinshelton October 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Hey Diane! Glad you like the blog! Craig did an awesome soils class for our bamboo group down at the research station in Puyallup…brings back classroom memories!

Rahn Skipper June 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Wish I could have been there!

A.C.Lakshmana from India April 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

Dear Friends,
I was delighted to go through this blog of Philinshelton and recapitulate the events held in 2009. Congratulations Philinshelton for recording this event which may become historical after some years.
I am enjoying my time providing silvi-horticulture crops for farmers who are going to weaned from tobacco cultivation from four years.They start getting returns/profits from next year. That is a wonderful work.Bamboo is also a small component.
I am writing a book on forestry. the draft is ready.
with best wishes to all,
Yours sincerely,
Former Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka ,21-April,2013

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