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

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January 23 - 24, Bay Island Bonsai Annual Exhibit

At the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA. Hours 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday. Auction at 1 PM on Saturday, with preview at Noon. Workshop on Sunday open to the bonsai community. Guided tours of the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Vendor sales, club sales, educational bonsai material for sale and a special pot sale this year. Entry to the exhibit is free, donations accepted. Learn more and register for the workshop by calling (510) 919-5042 or visit

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.

January 30, Repotting Workshop

This workshop will be structured for novice and new members but all are invited to sign up. Click here for details. For questions please email Renee Seely at or phone (916) 929-2106.

February 5 - 7, California Shohin Seminar

At the Hotel Mission de Oro, Santa Nella, CA. Feb 5: Registration 10 AM – 5 PM with demonstrations from Noon – 6 PM, Exhibit and Vendor areas set-up 11 AM – 5 PM; everyone is invited to share their treasured Shohin Bonsai in the Exhibit. Feb 6: Exhibit opens for Registration, Viewing, Vendor Sales, Workshops, Raffle & Benefit Drawing 8 AM – 5 PM. Feb 7: Exhibit Open 9 AM – Noon with demonstrations, and business meeting. Registration forms and information available on the website, email: and phone: Randi Keppeler (650) 598-0127. Attendees who only want access to vendor and exhibit may purchase a day pass.

February 23, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Scott Chadd, Lotus Bonsai Nursery, Placerville,, presents our program. Scott will create one of his famous forest plantings using beautiful Catlin elms. Do not miss this opportunity to win one of his creations to add to your collection!

February 27 - 28, GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Annual Mammoth Fund Raiser

At the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA. Saturday: Auction preview at noon with Auction starting at 1 PM. Sunday: Vendor Sales start at 9 AM, Plant Sales start at 10 AM, and Demonstrations at 1 PM. The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt will celebrate the many bonsai clubs who have created and support the Garden by inviting Bonsai Clubs from all over Northern California to showcase their best bonsai display and promote their club activities. Attendees will be eligible to vote for their favorite display. Bonsai Garden will be open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday. For more information or to sell trees, email and visit

March 5, Repotting Workshop

This workshop is a repeat of January 30. Click here for details. For questions please email Renee Seely at or phone (916) 929-2106.

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 2 - 3, Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Annual Show

At the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are: Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstration at 1 PM both days by Yuzo Maruyama. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. For more information contact Bonsai Sekiyu Kai at

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 7 - 8, Sacramento Bonsai Club Annual Show

70th Annual Bonsai & Suiseki Show at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Show hours are Noon – 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM – 4 PM on Sunday with demonstration at 2 PM each day. Demonstration by the well-known bonsai artist Sam Adina, followed by the demo raffle and more prizes. Free Admission. For more information contact: Gary Judd (916) 622-8048.

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.

---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.