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Clumping bamboo for cold climates: Ornamental options

Clumping bamboo for cold climates: Ornamental options

So you'd like to plant some bamboo in your garden. It's fast growing, with an exotic flair, and it can add a great deal of ornamental elegance to your greenery. But there are two things you might be worried about. First of all, you get snow in the winter, and you...

Where does bamboo come from?

Where does bamboo come from?

There's something magical and otherworldly about a thriving grove of bamboo. Surround yourself with this dazzling grass, and it has a way of transporting you to another time and place. Bamboo has an exotic feeling, and a connection with the far-flung corners of the...

Bamboo Symbolism in Mythology and Folklore

Bamboo Symbolism in Mythology and Folklore

Bamboo Immersion Here at Bambu Batu, our lives are literally filled with bamboo. It's on our minds, it's in our mouths, it's in our gardens, and we wear it on our bodies. You might say our lives are imbued with it. No doubt, we spend plenty of time talking about...

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, offering a clean and sustainable source of food, clothing, energy and building material.

Bamboo & beyond

Bambu Batu is the brainchild of Fred Hornaday, author and eco-entrepreneur. Since its inception in 2006, Bambu Batu has been dedicated to promoting bamboo for all its amazing uses. Whether you’re using bamboo to spruce up your garden or to build a zen temple, this remarkable plant has enormous ecological and economical potential. Peruse the hundreds of articles on the website, and discover for yourself the fascinating world of bamboo.     

Bamboo clothing at Bambu Batu

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From 2006 until 2020, Bambu Batu provided a magical space in San Luis Obispo, offering an unsurpassed selection of bamboo and natural fiber clothing, as well as bamboo furniture and kitchenwares, and an eclectic array of spiritual items.

Today, our family has adopted the life of Digital Nomadism. But our website continues to bring you a wealth of articles about all things bamboo, including environmental insights, horticultural pointers and a slew of fun facts.

BENEFITS OF BAMBOO

For thousands of years, people have been using and cultivating bamboo for food, construction, crafts and textiles. It grows faster than anything, produces more oxygen than trees, has a greater tensile strength than steel, and can be made into a fabric softer than pima cotton. At this challenging moment of climate crisis, bamboo is probably the earth’s most promising natural resource.

 

Best bamboo for poles

Did you know that bamboo comprises a subfamily of grasses with more than 1,200 species, native to every continent but Europe and Antartica?

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Black Bamboo: Phyllostachys nigra and others

Black Bamboo: Phyllostachys nigra and others

Black bamboo remains one of the most popular varieties of bamboo. And it comes as no surprise. Black is beautiful, after all. But the world of bamboo is vast and mysterious. This subfamily of grasses includes something like 1,500 or more species and cultivars...

World Bamboo Foundation sponsors bamboo pioneers

World Bamboo Foundation sponsors bamboo pioneers

Since 1992 the World Bamboo Organization, formerly known as the International Bamboo Association, has been advancing the use and cultivation of bamboo and bringing together bamboo enthusiasts and entrepreneurs across the globe. Connecting influencers, promoting...

Tropical bamboo for Florida and the Deep South

Tropical bamboo for Florida and the Deep South

When you select a species of bamboo for your landscape, one of the most important criteria is always going to be the climate. Most gardeners who want to grow bamboo in North America will look for temperate varieties. There are, after all, dozens if not hundreds of...

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