Bamboo symbolizes strength and flexibility. People are often surprised to learn some bamboo varieties are winter hardy in Michigan. We planted ‘Yellow Groove’ bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata forma aureocaulis) and Incense bamboo (Phyllostachys atrovaginata) near the Zig-Zag Bridge, teahouse, and restrooms. Incense bamboo, named for its fragrance, produces a wax on its stems (culms) that has a fragrance similar to sandalwood. Bamboo is found growing in the wild throughout Japan. It is also a part of daily life and used in many ways—to make fences, brushes, rakes, chopsticks, bowls, flooring, scaffolding and other items.