Come celebrate Earth Day at the Garden's Bamboo Festival. Learn from experts about bamboo in your garden and check out varieties for sale. Attend a workshop on how to build a bike, a kite, and a garden shed – all from bamboo. Long-time Garden member Stella Chien will give a talk on the role of bamboo in Chinese culture, and Puget Sound Sumi artists will show you how to paint bamboo, a fun experience for all, including children. This special spring event is not to be missed.
"How does bamboo improve on hardwood? Cut down a hardwood tree and it’s gone. It will take several decades for another to grow in its place; it can take a century for a forest to grow back after cutting. But bamboo is a grass, not a tree. Under the right conditions, it can grow a full meter a day — you can literally watch it grow," Tina Rosenberg writes in a great article in the New York Times last month describing the benefits of growing bamboo.
Co-sponsor: American Bamboo Society's Pacific Northwest Chapter.