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 2017


May 20, 21 - Satsuki Aikokai Annual Show

At theSacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA. Hours Saturday 10:00 - 5:00, Sunday 10:00 - 4:00. Demonstration at 1:00 PM both days.




May 23 - ABAS Annual Auction

No Pre-meeting tonight.
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 to the 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: 2 recorders, 6 runners, 3 cashiers, and 3 back room tree holding area. Sellers, download information and forms by clicking the following links:
Auction Seller Instructions
Auction Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet




June 10 - ABAS Annual Garden Tour

Two of the four gardens we are visiting on Saturday June 10th are in Elk Grove, Dino Pappademos and Phong Nguyen's. The third garden of Don and Barbara Casselman is in the Fab Forties. Lastly we will visit Tina Yates's garden near Carmichael. We created two options for touring from the South area and McKinley Park for convenience of driving and parking.

Group #1 will meet in the south area at 8:15 at the NE corner of Raley's parking lot (Freeport and Wentworth) to carpool if desired. There Tina Yates will hand out printed addresses and directions.

Group #2 will meet at the McKinley Garden Center at 9:00 to carpool if desired; Kathleen O'Donnell will hand out the printed addresses and directions. Please remember to park on the street as the Garden Center will have an event that day.

Suggested Timetable for Bonsai Garden Tour-

Group #1 Departing from South Area

8:30- Depart Raley's Parking Lot (corner of Freeport and Wentworth NE corner)
8:50- Arrive at Dino's
9:30- Depart Dino's
9:55- Arrive at Phong's
10:40-Leave Phong's
11:10-Arrive at Don & Barbara's
11:55-Leave Don & Barbara's
12:20-Arrive at Tina's
12:30-Light Lunch available
2:00 - Rendezvous at South Area
Group #2 Departing from McKinley Garden Center

9:15 - Depart McKinley Garden Center
9:35 - Arrive Dino's
10:20-Leave Dino's
10:45-Arrive Phong's
11:30-Leave Phong's
12:00-Arrive Don & Barbara's
12:45-Leave Don & Barbara's
1:10 - Arrive Tina's
Light Lunch available
2:30- Rendezvous at McKinley Park




June 27 - ABAS Monthly Meeting and Elections

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular Meeting 7:00 PM. Luau reformatted, election, 'Power Of One' new rules.
This year we are changing the format of our yearly Luau from a strictly social event to a combination styling demonstration and social event. Members are encouraged to bring a favorite hor d'oevers to share and the club will provide snack trays and drinks (wine, beer, soda, water). John Cota, Doc Ward, Timm Johnson and Renee Seely will style trees for raffle while Dino provides commentary for the event.
During a break, Dino will conduct the election for next year's officers.




July 25 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Jerry Braswell on stones and stone display.




August 22 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member Steve Cozens presents a program on oaks.




August 26, 27 - Redwood Empire Bonsai Society Annual Show, Santa Rosa

Visit their website http://www.rebsbonsai.org/annual%20show.html for details.




September 26 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member John Cota creates a saikei for raffle.




October 21, 22 - Capital City Bonsai Show





October 24- ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member Doc Ward creates a root over rock for raffle.




November 28 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Guest, Ron Anderson, will style a pine or juniper for raffle.




December 21 - Holiday Party

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 schedule of workshops and events.