For the love of bamboo: Susan Ruskin and Peter Berg mark 30 years growing quindembo

  • Once young bamboos graduate to four gallon and larger pots, they are ready to be sold. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Susan and Peter are responsible for bringing many unique bamboo varieties to Hawaii over the last thirty years. (Diana Duff/Special to Wes Hawaii Today)

  • The bamboo nicknamed "Barbie" has a light blue cast on her new culms which adds to her appeal. (Peter Berg via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The charm of the black asper bamboo is cast by its huge size as well as its stunning shiny black culms. (Susan Ruskin via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A drive-through Quindembo Nursery is flanked by the majestic Ghost bamboo. (Peter Perg via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

After a year of traveling in the South Pacific, Susan Ruskin and Peter Berg decided they did not want to return to the mainland and their former jobs and way of life. They had become interested in the multiple qualities of bamboo plants and had decided they would open a bamboo nursery on the Big Island.