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The Northern California Chapter
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American Bamboo Society

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The NCCABS was the first ABS Chapter, formed by Jim Smith in 1981-82. He was a gardener at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (the former Strybing Arboretum) in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco and led the Chapter until his death in 1985. The NCCABS held its spring sale and auction at that location many times in past years, starting in 1984.

 

 

A relationship existed for several years with the San Francisco Zoo, where members planted and helped maintain bamboos. Foothill College (Los Altos) and Hakone Gardens (Saratoga) have hosted NCCABS events as well.

 

Annual Meetings of the American Bamboo Society were hosted by the Northern California Chapter in 1994, 1999, 2008 and 2017. These exciting events featured displays, lectures, workshops, garden visits and plenty of opportunity to meet other bamboo enthusiasts of all persuasions from all over the USA and many foreign countries.

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