Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM PDT
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM PDT

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Various locations in the Portland, Oregon area 
Headquarters Hotel - Mark Spencer  

409 SW 11th Avenue

Portland, OR 97205  




Noah Bell 
Pacific Northwest Chapter - American Bamboo Society 

Saturday Night - Oysters on the Grill




Saturday Silent Auction - Bring any bamboo-related item to dontate to this auction.  Proceeds go to the ABS.

Art display - "Introduction to the Fine Art of Bamboo" 

Saturday Afternoon - Tour the Bamboo Garden Nursery.

Saturday Afternoon - Half Day Bamboo Fence Building Workshop with Mark Meenan.  


bamboo trellis class

Saturday - Jos van Der Palen 

(2nd from left), owner of Kimmei Nursery, The Netherlands, will be our keynote speaker.  Jos is the premier importer of bamboo from China to the West.  We are delighted that he is able to join us.



American Bamboo Society Annual Conference 2019 

This is a hands-on conference, where you can see and touch bamboo in the garden, as a farm crop, being used as cane, as art, and as a plant-tool to combat climate change. Each day is priced separately, but there is a Special Three-Day Package (excluding workshops) if you register before August 31, 2019. This conference will be memorable and fun!

Update! 3 day package deadline extended until 9/17/19!

Ican Mclean hoyt arboritum

Thursday - Tour Of Four Gardens

We will visit the newly renovated Japanese Garden, the Hoyt Arboretum World Bamboo Collection, Bamboo Revolution, and Bamboo Craftsman.  Drop off for self-tour at the Chinese Garden or at the hotel.  

Charissa Brock is conducting an "Open Studio" on Thursday Night.

Take public transportation, an Uber, or carpool out to Charissa Brock's studio for an informal studio visit.

Friday - Bamboo Farming Field Trip

A field trip to Dain Sansome's Bamboo Valley nursery in Albany Oregon. Dain harvests canes and supplies fresh shoots to local restaurants.  See his labor-saving machinery in action.  Then off to visit the largest grove of "Chinese Timber Bamboo" in Oregon.

Saturday Afternoon Half-day Fence Building Workshop with Mark Meenan (above). The group will build a short fence panel and perfect their knot tying abilities. The workshop is priced separately.  10 to 30 people can attend.  Don't miss this!

Saturday - Bamboo Garden nursery - venue for speakers, lunch, tours BBQ and auctions. 


 The days speakers will include:

Jos van Der Palen, a renowned Dutch horticulturalist & collector of bamboo, will tell viewers stories about collecting bamboo in the past, the present and future.

Jared Kinear & Deke Guderson from Clean Water Services & Pacific University will talk about a project they have been doing with Bamboo Garden Nursery to use bamboo to help treat waste water. 

Andrea Melnychenko, from Cool Terra will discuss  biochar

Daphne Lewis, author of Bamboo Farming 

After the Speakers Noah Bell, Manager of Bamboo Garden Nursery, and the staff, will give a tour of the nursery and talk about the bamboo adventures there.

Saturday Night - join bamboo friends for a Barbeque Dinner as ghosts of bamboo keep us company


Saturday Night - Exciting Live and Rare Bamboo Auction.

Sunday - Charissa Brock's Workshop -  Introduction to the Fine Craft of Bamboo.  Until recently, the use of bamboo as an art material has been a mystery in the United States.  Through examples, demonstrations and a project, students will learn how to use heat preparation, splitting, cutting, bending and tying.  The end result will be a small-scale vessel which will be easy to take home.  Charissa is a fiber artist working with bamboo; she integrates wood, glass, paper and thread as visual accents and structural components.  The workshop is priced separately.  4 to 10 people can register. Don't miss it!