General meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00 PM, at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Click here for a map.
Events and Activities 2015
December 17, 2015, Holiday Party
Join fellow ABAS members for an awesome potluck, gift exchange, bonsai tree decorating contest, and the opportunity to just socialize for an evening. Invite your friends and family. Turkey and ham are provided by ABAS. Bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as, a plate and flatware for yourself and your guest(s). The bonsai tree Christmas decorating contest and gift exchange are optional but lots more fun if everyone participates. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a bonsai related wrapped gift, value not to exceed $20.00. There will be a special prize for the decorated bonsai tree voted best by the audience. Doors open at 5:30 PM for decorating and table set up, drinks and finger food at 6 PM. Dinner begins at 6:30 PM.
- - - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 - - -
January 26, ABAS Monthy Meeting
Member, Ram Lucas, presents a program on Ryan Neil's Artisans Cup that was held in Portland, Or., September 2015. Ram was
one of a very select group of bonsai artists selected to display trees at this very prestigious event. In addition, Renee Seely will present traditional Japanese bonsai repotting
techniques as taught by our regional bonsai masters - Kathy Shaner and Peter Tea.
February 23, ABAS Monthy Meeting
Scott Chadd from Lotus Bonsai Nursery presents our program. Details to follow.
March 22, ABAS Monthy Meeting
With our Annual Spring Show less than one month away, preparing trees for show, display and accents will be the subject of the
program. Details to follow.
April 9 -10, ABAS Annual Show
This year it is our honor to present Peter Tea as our headliner.
Peter began bonsai with the Midori Bonsai Club of San Jose and studied with Boon Manakitivipart before departing for Japan in 2011.
In Japan, Peter studied under bonsai master Junichiro Tanaka at Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery in Nagoya. Now back in the United States, he travels the country presenting programs,
conducting workshops, and appearing as the headline artist at conventions and shows. In a very short period of time, Peter has established himself as an exceptional teacher
and incredibly talented bonsai artist. He is in the process of building his bonsai nursery and studio in Auburn, CA.
Show details will be posted in early 2016.
April 26, ABAS Monthy Meeting
Gordon Deeg presents a program on shohin bonsai. Many of our members are shohin enthusiast and Gordon Deeg is one of the most
knowledgeable individuals in our area. He is president of the California Shohin Society and president of the 15th Biennial Shohin Seminar, February 5 – 7, 2016,
in Santa Nella, California.
May 24, ABAS Monthy Meeting
Ryan Nichols of 'Back to the Roots Bonsai' will present our program. Ryan is one of the new talents in the western bonsai scene. At Cal Poly, he obtained a degree in
Ornamental Horticulture in 2010 and a Masters degree in Plant Biology in 2013. Ryan learned of Ryan Neil through an internet search on the art of bonsai and immediately began studying
at Bonsai Mirai. In 2014, Ryan Nichols won first place in the Joshua Roth New Talent Competition at the GSBF Convention in Sacramento.
Currently, Ryan is teaching at the new Bonsai School at Lake Merritt, as well as, travelling throughout
California giving seminars on horticultural aspects of bonsai and doing tree styling demonstrations.
June 28, ABAS Annual Luau and Elections
Details to follow.