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


April 26, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Gordon Deeg presents a program on shohin bonsai. Gordon is president of the California Shohin Society and president of the Biennial Shohin Seminar in Santa Nella, California. Since shohin is one of the more esoteric forms of bonsai art, it is difficult to find individuals qualified to discuss this specialty. We are fortunate to have Gordon Deeg in our area as he is one of the most knowledgeable on this subject. Just Google 'Gordon Deeg' and you will find a wealth of information on this talented individual.




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 21 - 22, Satsuki Aikokai Annual Show

Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Demonstrations at 2:00 PM both days.




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.




May 28, Saturday, Annual ABAS Garden Tour

Board Member Steve Egan has once again put together an impressive home tour for us to enjoy. This year we will tour collections by Renee Seely, John & Ramona Cota, Doc Ward and Bob Bugay & Paula Maxwell. This promises to be an outstanding day of bonsai and fun. More details to follow.




June 28, ABAS Annual Luau and Elections

Details to follow.




July 26, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Jonas Dupuich presents this program. A student of Boon, member of Bay Island Bonsai, invited to show at the Artisans Cup in Portland, and author of the popular 'Bonsai Tonight' blog, he is another of our very talented local bonsai artists. Visit this link to learn more about Jonas.




August 23, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Member lead program; details to follow.




September 27, ABAS Annual Auction

Details to follow.




October 25, Monthly Meeting

Bjorn Bjorholm is our guest presenter. Details to follow.




November 22, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Member lead program; details to follow.




ABAS 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 2014 schedule of workshops and events.