Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming Event Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

2015 will mark the seventeenth year that LGCC (Louisiana Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society) and American Bamboo Society members have come to Avery Island to help clear and clean E. A. McIlhenny’s plantings of timber bamboo.

As in years past, the weekend is limited to LGCC members and to Avery Island Family members and their guests. While there is no registration fee for the weekend, we do ask that you pre-register for any meals you plan to eat and include payment for these by check enclosed with your registration form. Continue reading

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Austin Home and Garden Show

January 16-18, 2015 – visit The Texas Bamboo Society at the Austin Home and Garden Show – Austin Convention Center – January 16-18, 2015 – Bamboo plants & crafts for sale and educational talks about growing and using bamboo.  Questions? send email

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Fall Plant Sale at Zilker Botanical Garden

Texas Bamboo Society was at the annual Fall Plant Sale at Zilker Botanical Garden. Plants donated by Wes Maconi and Bamboo Your Privacy generated $400 in sales for the TBS coffers!  In other news, Forrest McBryde was elected TBS representative to the American Bamboo Society and Harry Simmons and Artie Turner were re-elected to new terms on the TBS Board of Directors.

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2014 ABS Conference at Huntington Gardens

The Southern California chapter of the American Bamboo Society hosted the 2014 conference  in Pasadena, CA at the spectacular Huntington Botanical Gardens, September 11-14. Once again I had the honor and pleasure of representing the Texas Bamboo Society at this gathering of bamboo people from all over the world. Also representing TBS as ABS at-large director was TBS’s own president Carole Meckes who was re-elected as at-large director. TBS members Mary and Forrest McBryde from Corpus Christi were there as well.  While attendance from the ABS general membership was down from years past, those present enjoyed a world-class venue as well as trips to the San Diego Botanical Gardens and the world-famous San Diego Zoo where gorgeous bamboo was found in abundance.
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Online Bamboo Auction

Happening Now: Online Bamboo Auction of New Rare Bamboo Introductions:

Online Auction ends September 6 and continues at the Live Auction at the American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting on September 13th.

2014 American Bamboo Society Annual Meeting and Conference
Location: Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

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2014 American Bamboo Society Conference

ABS Southern California Chapter is very pleased to announce the 2014 Annual ABS Conference will be held at the world famous Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Gardens near Los Angeles. The theme is “Bamboo in Asian Culture” in honor of their expanding Chinese garden, new Bamboo Gardens and renovated Japanese Garden and expanding Bamboo Gardens.

Registration Info: http://www.bamboo.org/2014ABSAnnualMeetingRegistrationForm.pdf

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Grove cleaning party at Avery Island

TBS members gathered with other American Bamboo Society members this past weekend at Avery Island, Louisiana to celebrate bamboo culture and clean the groves of moso and madake bamboo planted there over 100 years ago by E. A. McIllhenny of Tabasco fame.  The Louisiana Gulf Coast chapter of ABS hosts this annual event, which draws ABS members from all over the US and abroad.
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Louisiana-Gulf Coast chapter of The American Bamboo Society announces Avery Island Bamboo Work Party Weekend,  – February 21-23, 2014!

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Tinikling Flash Mob and Guiness Event – January 18, 2014

TBS member Alfred Llave and Team Ross are sponsoring a flash mob attempt to set the world’s record for simultaneous Tinikling dancing at AT&T Cowboy’s Stadium. Hundreds of bamboo poles are used in this traditional Filipino dance. Read all about it at the Team Ross website. Check them out on Facebook here.

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ABS meet in West Palm Beach

It was an honor and great pleasure to attend the 2013 American Bamboo Society conference in West Palm Beach, Florida as the Texas Bamboo Society delegate. Our TBS president Carole Meckes who serves as ABS representative-at-large was in attendance,as well as Forrest and Mary McBryde, new members of our Texas chapter. The Florida-Caribbean chapter put on a great meeting, with world-class speakers, excellent food and entertainment, and a chance to visit the spectacular nursery of Robert Saporito, Tropical Bamboo. The weather just happened to be spectacular too. Continue reading

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