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

August 20 -21, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society 33rd Annual Show

At the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Avenue. Show hours are 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday with demonstration by Bonsai Master Artist Kathy Shaner from 1 to 3 PM both days. Demo trees will be raffled. See the largest bonsai exhibition. Large bonsai vendor and member sales. Exciting silent auctions or “buy it now”. Free refreshments by the Bonsai café. Free admission and parking. For more information visit our website or contact Bob Shimon at (707) 884-4126 or

August 23, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Doc Ward will demonstrate carving techniques on an old Korean hornbeam and John Cota will style a beautiful Kiyohime Yatsabusa Japanese Maple. Both demos plus a few special surprise trees will be included in the raffle. Don't miss this opportunity to add a quality tree to your collection!

Our Pre-Meeting workshop at 6:30 will feature John discussing the selection parameters to pick a front for your bonsai.

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 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 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 25, Monthly Meeting

Bjorn Bjorholm is our guest presenter. Details to follow.

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.

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.