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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1996
Hiroshi Teshigahara had not yet arrived, but his presence was keenly felt in the frigid bowels of the Kennedy Center, where last Monday, a platoon of volunteer art students, Japanese carpenters and free-lance stagehands scrubbed, sawed, split and planed four acres' worth of bamboo, hauled to Washington from Georgia in two tractor-trailers.When the artist, revered in his native Japan and known internationally for his rhythmically powerful sculptures, did arrive later that week, he and assistants would use the prepped bamboo to create two stunning tunnels and a bamboo pavilion in the Kennedy Center's atrium, based on elaborate blueprints completed in Tokyo.
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By Mike King and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler.
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By Mike King and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
What can I do outdoors when we have a surprise nice day? I'm itching to garden. Pull up winter weeds. Some are already blooming! You can also prune, but wait for warmer weather in March for roses or fruit trees (especially peach and plum). As you wait to prune, this is a great time to get a clean look at branch structure and assess which limbs need to be removed because of rubbing branches or disease. For more pruning direction, check out the ornamental fact sheets on the University of Maryland Extension's Home and Garden Information Center website (under the Information Library publications)
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By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI and JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 2006
My problem is bamboo running amuck for 20 years. it has totally grown into all my large azalea bushes, etc. any solution to removing bamboo without digging up the bushes? Running bamboo is extremely difficult to control and should probably never be planted in a residential landscape except in a container. continuous cutting weakens the plant but isn't satisfactory. Chemical control is possible with persistence. Cut canes to the ground now. Let new foliage grow over the summer. Then apply a herbicide containing glyphosate or triclopyr in October, a time when nutrients are being moved to the roots for winter and herbicides absorb most readily.
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By Jennifer Keats and Jennifer Keats,Contributing writer | July 25, 1991
Charlie Campbell thought he was signing up for a painting class -- instead, the 61-year-old Arnold resident learned the philosophy of thebamboo.Instructor Marilyn Carter taught students in Campbell's Chinese ink painting class that the bamboo is a symbol of inner strength: It must bend with the storm to recover. In China, she said, scholars always grow bamboo.At 55, the vivacious red-headed Carter, an artist-in-residence atMaryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, has shared much ofher Eastern training with a dozen or so students enrolled in a classfor senior citizens sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | December 5, 2004
Our bamboo is dying back at a faster rate than usual. The dieback begins at the new growth and works down. The bamboo is growing in part shade, the soil drains fairly well, and there have been no chemical applications. However, magnesium chloride was used last winter to remove snow on a path, and it was piled on the bamboo for a few weeks. Could magnesium chloride cause the dieback? It's very likely you are seeing salt damage from the magnesium chloride. This de-icer can cause "moderate" plant harm (which is still better than other de-icers; see our Fact sheet 707 Melting Ice Safely)
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,Special to the Sun | April 20, 2003
We recently purchased a home that has a large stand of bamboo along the rear property line. Is this an invasive plant, and how can we get rid of it? With few exceptions, bamboos are considered invasive plants in Maryland. They spread more or less rapidly by enlarged underground roots called rhizomes and can be very difficult to manage. If you are not opposed to using chemicals for control, I would recommend killing the stand with a spray that contains the chemical glyphosate. Do not try to spray the full plant canopy.
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By MICHAEL STROH and MICHAEL STROH,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2000
Wok and roll, anybody? Pushing the envelope of guitar-making technology, Japanese instrument giant Yamaha will introduce next month a new acoustic guitar made of bamboo -- a hollow, tree-like Asian grass that contains more air than wood. For Yamaha, the three-year struggle to create the guitar was more than just a marketing gimmick. It was also an effort by the world's largest instrument maker to see whether instruments could be made from more environmentally friendly materials. (In addition to the bamboo guitar, the company is launching a line of bamboo snare drums.
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May 24, 1998
In a recent story on bamboo, an incorrect number was given. The correct number for the New England Bamboo Company is (978)-546-3581. The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 5/24/98
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
I know mistletoe is poisonous, but what about other holiday plants? I have a toddler and a nutty cat that nibbles on everything. Mistletoe leaves and stems are indeed poisonous. The latex sap of poinsettia may cause contact dermatitis. Holly berries, yew (all parts), aucuba (all parts) and amaryllis bulbs can cause symptoms when ingested. Oriental bittersweet and English ivy are both highly problematic non-native invasive plants as well as being toxic, and should be carefully disposed of after use in decorations.
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By Janell Sutherland | October 29, 2012
Remember last week when the Twins screamed a lot? And it was hot? It happens again this week on "The Amazing Race," only without the Superfans sadly trailing behind. Team Rock On won the Fast Forward last week, so they start first. James's father (not specified whether he is Abba's father as well) had some cancer tests, and James learns via video chat with his wife that his father has no chance of remission. Not good news for him, but the family tells him to race on and make his dad proud.
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By Liz F. Kay | April 22, 2011
Happy Earth Day, everyone! I hope you'll get an opportunity to take advantage of some of the Earth Day freebies, deals and discounts we mentioned yesterday. Many reward behavior that benefits the planet, such as carrying a reusable beverage container or offering a reusable bag to tote your purchases. Some greener choices make good economic as well as environmental sense: shops sometimes offer smaller discounts yearround when you bring your own mug or bag; making your home more energy efficient can lower your utility bills; and keeping your car's tires filled can improve your gas mileage.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | October 26, 2009
Officials destroyed a shipment of bunny scarecrows that recently arrived at the port of Baltimore after agricultural inspectors determined that the bamboo poles to which they were attached could contain harmful pathogens. The shipment from Hong Kong raised the concern of Customs and Border Protection agents working at the port, who are trained in biological sciences and agricultural inspection. Bamboo is regulated to prevent the spread of bamboo smut and other pathogens, officials said.
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By Mary Umberger and Mary Umberger,Chicago Tribune | February 22, 2009
LAS VEGAS - If the economy cast a certain glumness across the enormous trade show floor at the recent International Builders Show here, one bright spot - make that a thousand bright spots - was the pervasiveness of any and all things green. Recycling and energy-conservation pitches amounted to a marketing steamroller at the trade show, where a sea of building-products manufacturers' booths pushed their latest offerings for the 60,000-some builders in attendance. From soy-based building insulation to draft-busting windows, the "green" mantle was everywhere.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | July 6, 2008
Searching for another way to lighten your environmental footprint? Look under your feet. Whether redecorating, renovating or designing your new home, opting for one of the many varieties of sustainable, eco-friendly flooring can lighten the load on Mother Nature. With the increased demand for green features, upgrading a house with bamboo or cork flooring can also make it stand out when putting it on the market. With eco-friendly flooring, the emphasis is on sustaining the original source of the product.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | May 15, 2000
When Yamaha's FGB1 bamboo instrument showed up in the newsroom, the guitar pickers came out of the woodwork. We asked them to try it out with friends and family and report their findings. The general feeling was, "Nice try, Yamaha. Better luck next time." Here's what they discovered: Assistant design director Peter Yuill has been playing the blues for 25 years. I invited fellow guitarist and band member Jeff Jolbitado for steak on the grill, some jamming and the chance to check out Yamaha's bamboo guitar.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | October 26, 2009
Officials destroyed a shipment of bunny scarecrows that recently arrived at the port of Baltimore after agricultural inspectors determined that the bamboo poles to which they were attached could contain harmful pathogens. The shipment from Hong Kong raised the concern of Customs and Border Protection agents working at the port, who are trained in biological sciences and agricultural inspection. Bamboo is regulated to prevent the spread of bamboo smut and other pathogens, officials said.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | February 24, 2008
Four years ago, when Cheryl Kwok and her husband, Jimmy, built their home in north Clovis, Calif., she wanted a floor that would be durable and contemporary in style but also have a touch of Asian. Having seen bamboo flooring in home magazines, she decided to give it a try. "We wanted more of an Asian influence, and it fit perfectly, more than, like, oak," says Kwok. Despite having four huskies indoors, the flooring has held up well, she says. Interest in bamboo flooring has increased as homeowners have become attracted to bamboo's distinctive look and its environmentally friendly aspects.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | February 17, 2008
Contemporary styling and minimalist aesthetic define this brick townhouse in Baltimore's Roland Gate community. The open floor plan and high ceilings add depth to the main floor, which includes the kitchen, family room and breakfast area. The large bay windows allow natural light to emanate throughout the room while strategically placed track and recessed lighting illuminate the house during evening hours. According to owner Samuel Chung, he and his wife, Sarah, have been entirely pleased since they bought the house in 2006.
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