The San Diego Botanic Garden has a very cool bamboo garden.  This is  a place worth visiting.  The entrance is a bit steep at $14, but ask about a student discount.


Not long ago, a student of mine took an active interest in bamboo as a building material and is now studying alternative architecture.  He pointed me in the direction of this TED talk, which is fascinating.  I love the fluid lines of the buildings.  For more inspiration, check out the GreenSchool of Bali.