July 12th Bamboo Garden will host Ned's Birthday Bash! Proceeds from the campout's activities will benefit the Ned Jaquith Foundation. This is the only fundraiser for the year. We will be holding two special bamboo related classes, 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 fresh caught wild tuna. Tents will be pitched and participants will fall asleep to the rustle of bamboo leaves and the music of the frogs. The following day July 13th the party will continue at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland Oregon, where the Pacific Northwest 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..
In this class Kerry Huang, a traditional Asian food cook from Seattle, Washington,will introduce students to a range of dishes that incorporate bamboo. 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 some 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. 2-5 pm, $50
Class: 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. 11-1 pm, $40
Portland Bamboo Festival
Every year the Pacific Northwest American Bamboo Society (PNWABS) puts on a Bamboo festival at Steven's Pavilion at the Hoyt Arboretum (4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221). Many vendors bring plants, tools, books, and handicrafts to sell. The PNWABS is always looking for new vendors. (Contact Noah Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.