San Diego Botanic Garden’s (SDBG) extensive bamboo collection—the largest one in a North American public garden—is accredited by the Plant Collections Network. This accreditation designates the collection as a resource for plant identification, cultivar registration, and research. Originating with the founding of the American Bamboo Society at the garden in 1979, the SDBG bamboo collection consists of 145 taxa. These include Asian species and cultivars as well as species from the Himalayas, South America, and Africa. In addition to highlighting bamboo’s ornamental value in gardens, the collection celebrates the plant group’s long history of use by humans and cultural significance.