Shoots can be a thick as ropes, delicate as ferns, gracefully slender, massed like a dense, green wall. Bamboo grows fast and can create intriguing, tall screening. Though an Asian or tropical growth, many varieties are suitable for northern California and if you want to get a sense of their vast array visit the Bamboo Sourcery outside Sebastapol which has 7.5 acres of this poetic plant, a boggling 300 species. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9 to 4. If you want a personal consultation for which of these delicacies would be right for your garden or balcony, reservations are recommended.

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