The North Carolina Arboretum will host the annual Bamboo Festival of the American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. The festival will be held in the Arboretum’s Education Center from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Visitors will learn about the functionality of bamboo through lectures and hands-on workshops, including introductions to farming bamboo. Plants, crafts, and products will also be for sale by festival vendors.
Workshops and lectures at this year’s festival include:
Bamboo sculpture by Larry King of Asheville, North Carolina
Bamboo crafting demonstrations by Matthew English of Solar Springs, Lewis County, Tennessee
Bamboo Tea – Harvesting, Drying, Processing by Emanuel Johnson of Tennessee Bamboo, Greeneville, Tennessee
Bamboo in a Permaculture Landscape by Matthew English Sumi-Style Bamboo Ink Painting, a hands-on workshop by Giana Eden of Jesup, Georgia
Farming Bamboo I: How to Get Started and Why by David Benfield of Brightside Bamboo, Durham, North Carolina
Farming Bamboo II: Bamboo Grove Management for Multiple Uses by Mike Hothkiss of Georgia Bamboo, Perry, Georgia
The Bamboo Festival is one of many popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 367,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.
This event is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call (828) 665-2492. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.