that's so cool! how lucky it's 5 min from you. we do have a native bamboo species - native to north america. we call it river cane. but it splits and i noticed you used a non-splitting variety. not opposed to introducing bamboo- it's such a useful species! we have a friend who grows it about a half an hour from here. she's 70 now and her bamboo must be at least 30 years old- some of it is taller than her two storey house. definitely intrigued!