"For Jesus, bamboo is not just
a job, it is a passion."
--A West County customer,
“Wow, I had no idea they were so
many different kinds!”
is a remarkable plant, but like so many subjects, the more you learn, the more you
realize there is yet to learn. If bamboo is what you are looking for, Jesus
Mora is the man to see. He is well known amongst bamboo aficionados for his
expertise arising from 25 years of hands-on experience.
discovered his affinity for bamboo when he was hired by Gerald Bol in 1986.
Gerald himself was a significant figure amongst his bamboo peers and had the
species Borinda boliana named for him. Jesus worked for ten
years under Gerald's tutelage. Together they discovered the nuances of each species
and became masters of growth habits and propagation requirements. Jesus has a
natural talent for observing the subtle differences amongst species. He is
particularly known for his ability to identify bamboo species from the hundreds
Gerald's untimely death in 1996, Jesus took over as Nursery Manager of the
Bamboo Sourcery, and has continued Gerald's legacy of propagation and
preservation, including travel abroad for collection purposes. Jesus is also a
board member of the American Bamboo Society, and a consultant for the bamboo
section of the Sunset Western Garden Book where his
experience has proven him to be an invaluable resource.
2010, Jesus opened his own bamboo nursery, offering his knowledge to bamboo
enthusiasts and novices alike through the advent of West County Oasis
Bamboo Garden. Whether weeper or upright, ground cover or towering timber,
striated or colored canes, full sun or full shade, hillsides or screens,
containers or ground, fishing poles or flutes, Jesus knows the species that
will fit the bill.