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Avery Island Moso Grove Work Party Weekend 2017

The dates for the Avery Island Moso Grove Work Party Weekend 2017 are Friday through Sunday, February 24-26, 2017.

Read about how the Moso Bamboo Grove Grooming at Avery Island Started!

E.A. McIlhenny set out his initial bamboo plantings at Avery Island "on the southern slope of the Prospect Hill Ridge, facing Little Hayes Swamp" in April 1910; therefore, 2017 marks the 107th anniversary of this oldest grove of his.

Here is a video clip that was taken in 2010 and below you will also find an interesting article about the history of the bamboo at Avery Island...



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Edward Avery McIlhenny Pioneer Bamboo Planter By Andrew D. Ringle

Avery Island Moso Grove Grooming

sponsored by the LOUISIANA-GULF COAST CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN BAMBOO SOCIETY

 FEBRUARY 24-26, 2017

2017 will mark the nineteenth year that LGCC and ABS members have come to Avery Island to help clear and clean E. A. McIlhenny’s plantings of timber bamboos. Coordinator with Ken Ringle for the weekend is Judge Edwards, who can be reached by phone at (337) 898-1469 or by email at abbevillebamboo@att.net.

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.

Our weekend will begin 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, February 26th, at the Ramada Conference Center New Iberia, 2915 Highway 14, New Iberia, LA 70560 (phone (337) 367-1201), with drinks and registration followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. There we will reintroduce ourselves and catch up on each others doings, conduct a brief LGCC business meeting, and organize our teams for the next day’s work.

Saturday morning, the 25th, we will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the  Jungle Gardens parking lot on Avery Island for the centerpiece of the weekend: clearing and cleaning selected bamboo groves on the Island, including E. A. McIlhenny’s original moso and madake groves, as well as the groves of mixed bamboos below Prospect Hill which comprise some of E. A.’s original study plots and which have yet to be fully inventoried. At the end of the day’s work, all will have opportunity to take home poles from the selection we have cut, and to relax and enjoy the groves we’ve cleaned! Then, at 5:30 p.m., we will gather at historic Marsh House for drinks and dinner.

Sunday morning, February 26, we will reassemble at 9:00 a.m. at the Marsh House where ABS members will be giving presentations on bamboo culture and applications. If you have bamboo artwork or crafts to show off or skills to share, this is the time and place! Among the speakers will be botanist Dr. Gary Landry, formerly of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He will give a presentation on his 2016 inventory of the woody plants in Jungle Gardens, including two new plants previously unknown in Louisiana and extremely rare in the entire U.S., and a grove of exotic bamboo hitherto
unknown on Avery Island.

Members will then be given an informal lunch of red beans and rice before heading for home.

EQUIPMENT: For Saturday’s work party, wear sturdy shoes and clothes, and bring gloves. February temperatures can be unpredictable, so dress accordingly. If you have a chain saw and are skilled in using it, please contact Judge Edwards. (Use of battery-operated power tools is not recommended, however, since there are no readily available power sources in or near the groves for recharging batteries.) Other useful tools include pruning saws, loppers, hand shears, and general heavy-duty gardening tools. There may be an opportunity to dig a few designated plants. We will have liability waver forms for all to sign. You will need to be alert at all times to the proximity of chain saws, power equipment, and falling culms, and to observe caution in using any sharp tools. Please bring, and use, all recommended safety equipment including safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection, particularly when working near the chain saws. And don’t forget mosquito spray, sunscreen and any other items and necessities to be comfortable.

VEHICLE ACCESS: Because traffic is restricted on Avery Island and parking at the bamboo groves is limited, we will be carpooling as much as possible and must limit the number of pulled trailers to FIVE. However, individual trailer spaces can be reserved (first come, first served) by calling Judge Edwards. Cars with rooftop carriers and pickup trucks with racks are not subject to this limitation.

Please check back here for any last-minute updates regarding the weekend.

For those who have never been to an Avery Island Work Party Weekend and would like a preview, ABS member Daphne Lewis has posted on YouTube an excellent video of our 2010 weekend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9lT-cCJm24

REGISTRATION FORM

LGCC-ABS AVERY ISLAND BAMBOO WORK PARTY WEEKEND 2017

As in years past, the weekend is limited to LGCC members and to Avery Island Family members and their guests. If you need to renew your membership – or begin a new membership – please complete the Membership & Directory Information Form included at the end of this memo.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We have secured a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday, Feb 25 and 26, at the Ramada Conference Center New Iberia, 2915 Highway 14, New Iberia, LA 70560, with whom you should make room reservations and payment arrangements directly. Please call(337) 367-1201, speak to any Customer Service Rep (24/7), and mention that you are with the American Bamboo Society: our group rate is $62 per night plus tax, breakfast included. You will be free to cancel your room reservation any time up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival; however, in order to secure the group rate you will need to book your room reservation no later than Friday, February 10, 2017.

MEAL RESERVATIONS

To facilitate the planning of meals arranged for the weekend, we require that you please register and pay for these meals in advance to ensure reserved seating for the Friday and Saturday evening dinners.

Names for badges: ______________________________________________

Address, phone number: ______________________________________________ Email address: ______________________________________________

Friday Night Buffet – Ramada/New Iberia:___ person(s) @ $20.00 =$_____

Saturday Bag Lunch & Drink – Avery Island:___ person(s) [Donated/Paid For]

Saturday Evening Dinner – Marsh House, Avery Island:___person(s) @ $35.00 =$_____

If Vegetarian, enter___ person(s) name ___________________

          TOTAL     =$_____

Remember all events for the weekend are free (meals are extra & optional), and you may choose only to attend selected events.

Please mail completed registration form, together with meals check payable to LGCC, to Judge Edwards, 400 Fairview St., Abbeville, LA 70510-3602 (phone (337) 898-1469).

The deadline for receiving all registrations is Friday, February 17, 2017.  

Please note: membership in the Louisiana Chapter of the American Bamboo Society is required.  If you are not already a member please complete the following membership form:

http://www.bamboo.org/pdf/ABSMembershipForm.pdf

or complete the online membership form at http://www.bamboo.org/bamboo-membership.php