At SDBG, you can visit the largest living collection of bamboo in North America!
The Bamboo Garden at SDBG is special because it is the first garden planted as a collection. In 2013, the American Public Garden Association (APGA) granted official accreditation of our collection, recognizing it as a key resource for bamboo research and preservation. Our Bamboo Garden features over 100 different species and cultivars of bamboo from around the world.
Many people know that bamboo grows in China and that it’s eaten by panda bears. However, bamboo grows naturally on every continent except Antarctica and Europe! There are over 1000 different species of bamboo, but almost half of the world’s bamboo is threatened with habitat destruction. LIke any habitat loss, losing bamboo habitat will result in the loss of panda bears and many other animals around the globe that depend on bamboo.
What many people may not know is that bamboo is a grass, in fact they are giant grasses! They’re in the subfamily Bambusoideae of the grass family Poaceae. Each bamboo stem completes its growth in a year, and can grow several feet per day! Some bamboo grow as tall as trees, and even though they’re grasses, they can grow into a forest. Bamboo stems or culms are hollow, like the grass in a lawn. Trees form solid trunks which may take decades to reach maturity.