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 2013
NOTE CHANGE OF PROGRAM: Instead of pine maintenance, our program is a three member panel working on various trees. John Cota styles a cypress, Paul Holtzen transforms an olive with the use of power tools and Doc Ward styles and repots a shohin trident maple. President, Dino Pappademos, provides commentary. The trees will be included in the raffle.
Thursday, December 19th - Annual Holiday Party
Join fellow ABAS and Satsuki Aikokai 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 and Satsuki Aikokai. 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.
2014 Happy New YearJanuary 18, 19 - Bay Island Bonsai 15th Anniversary Show
Oakland Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Auction on Saturday, with preview at Noon and auction at 1 PM. Bonsai demonstration by Boon on Sunday at 1PM. Guided tours of the exhibit both Saturday and Sunday. Vendor sales, Club sales, Educational bonsai material for sale. Hours: 10AM – 4PM Saturday and Sunday. Entry to exhibit is free, donations accepted. For more information: (510) 919-5042 or visit their website http://bayislandbonsai.com/bib-annual-exhibit/.
January 28, General Meeting - Thread Grafting Roots and Branches
Club members, Renee Seely and Carmen Scott, demonstrate thread grafting to improve nebari and branch structure. Japanese maples will be used for root grafting and trident maple for branch grafting. This is a great opportunity to learn techniques to improve the quality of your trees.January 31 through February 2 - California Shohin Society Seminar, Santa Nella, California
Every two years a Shohin Seminar is held in Santa Nella, California. Bonsai masters, teachers, and enthusiasts from all over the country donate their time to this event. Thanks to the generosity of our Bonsai Experts, the Shohin Seminar is able to provide an exceptional learning experience at very low cost. Visit their website http://www.calshohin.org/ for details.
February 22, 23 - GSBF Bonsai Garden Lake Merritt Annual Mammoth Fundraiser
Details to follow.
February 25, General Meeting - Special Guest Bjorn Bjorholm
Through the effort of Kathleen O'Donnell in conjunction with a grant from GSBF, ABAS is honored to host internationally known bonsai professional, Bjorn Bjorholm. Bjorn will conduct workshops as well as demonstrations at several clubs in northern California. Material for his demonstration at our general meeting has yet to be selected. Please visit his website http://bjorvalabonsaistudio.com/.
March, date to be determined - ABAS Annual Bus Trip
Details to be posted in the near future.March 25, General Meeting - Pot, Prune, and Show Prep
This meeting will focus on preparing trees for our annual show in April. Details to be determined.March - Shepard Garden and Arts Center Spring Sale
Details to be posted when available.April - Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Annual Show
Details to be posted when available.April 12, 13 - ABAS Annual Show
This year's headliner is Kathy Shaner. Kathy is internationally recognized for her excellence in the art of bonsai.
She spent five years in Japan as an apprentice to Yasuo Mitsuya, winner of the Minister of Education and Kokufu awards, and was the first woman and first non-Japanese citizen
to be certified by the Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii.
Kathy maintains and designs private collections throughout the United States in addition to teaching and her role as curator of the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt.
Many of Kathy's students are here in Sacramento and are truly enriched by her teaching and approach to the art of bonsai - find the "Soul of the Tree."
Show details to be posted in the near future.
April 22, General Meeting - Broadleaf or Needle Evergreens
Details to be determined