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 2016

September 27, ABAS Annual Auction

Members, here is one of our yearly opportunities to trim down collections, pass on quality trees to others, and help the club raise funds for activities and events. Sellers should deliver trees and/or other bonsai related items to the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center at 5:30 PM, buyer viewing begins at 6:00 PM, and auction begins at 6:30 PM. Volunteers are needed for recorders (2), runners (6), cashiers (2), and back room tree holding area (2). Sign up sheets will be available at the August meeting. Sellers, download information and forms by clicking the following links:
Auction Seller Instructions
Auction Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet

October 1,2 - Sacramento Garden and Arts Center Fall Festival

The SGAC Fall Festival is held at the Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. The hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. ABAS will have a sales table for member consignment items and member donations. Items should be bonsai, plant or garden related. For members who wish to sell on consignment, please print the following documents:
Seller Instructions
Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet

October 25, Monthly Meeting

Bjorn Bjorholm is our guest presenter. Bjorn is currently one of the most well know names in bonsai. Just Google Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai. He spent nearly six years as an apprentice, followed by three years as artist-in-residence, at Kouka-en nursery in Osaka, Japan, studying and working under Mr. Keiichi Fujikawa. Visit his website Bjorvala Bonsai Studio to learn more about this star of the bonsai world. He will be styling a collected Utah juniper for raffle.

October 26-30, 2016 Sacramento, CA, Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention 39 “A Bonsai Convergence: Gather At The Rivers”

Headliners: Ryan Neil and Bjorn Bjornholm. More Workshops and Seminars from: Kathy Shaner, David Nguy, Peter Tea, and others. Where: The Double Tree By Hilton 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Hotel phone: 916-924-4900 (ask for the “GSBF Group Rate”) For more information, contact: Scott Chadd, GSBF President at: 530-622-9681 or On-line registration opens on July 1, 2016 Click here: http://www.gsbfconvention.orgfor programs and details.

November 22, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Bob Bugay hosts his third 'Tree Improvement Program'. Members, please bring 1 or 2 trees for group feedback and suggestions. The audience will assist Bob with tree evaluation and provide suggestions for taking it "To The Next Level." Bonsai is a journey. So, bring your tree(s) to the November 22 meeting and let your fellow members help you on this journey.

December 15, ABAS Holiday Party

Details to follow.

January 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Sam Adina styles a beautiful Hinoke cypress.

February 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Peter Tea, program details to follow.

March 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

In preparation for our Spring show, a member led program on exploring the mysteries of tree display with a pre-meeting workshop led by Ann Hultgren on creating accent plants.

April 8,9 - ABAS Spring Show

Details to follow.

---Links to Regional Events and Activities---

The Golden State Bonsai Federation website has a complete list of clubs and activities throughout the state. This is an excellent resource for bonsai related activities.

Visit the Lotus Bonsai Nursery, Placerville, website for their 2014 schedule of workshops and events.