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 2015

July 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

What should I do to my trees in July? Member lead program on summer bonsai work - defoliating deciduous trees, de-candling pines, azalea maintenance, etc. Roger Steel will continue his work on the Tom Schaal pine, Timm Johnson will provide comprehensive information on post-flowering azalea work, and Doc Ward will enlighten us on defoliating deciduous trees.

Members, please bring trees for 'Show and Tell' and/or trees for which you have questions. Our demonstrators are very knowledgeable and very happy to share information, recommendations and help with developing trees.




August 22 - 23, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society 32st Annual Show, Santa Rosa

This is the largest bonsai show on the west coast and is complemented by the one of the largest vendor areas as well. Visit their website, http://www.rebsbonsai.org/annualshow, for details!




August 25, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Juan Cruz started his bonsai career right here in Sacramento with ABAS. The year was 1995. He moved to the Bay Area and joined the Midori Bonsai Club. At Midori, he took workshops from Kathy Shaner and became inspired to pursue the art. He further developed his skills in Japan at Mansei-En bonsai nursery in Bonsai-Cho, Omiya. Currently, Juan is active with the Golden State Bonsai Federation. He will present a program on the Litterati (bunjin) style which is one of his favorites. A Japanese black pine will be the demonstration tree and the primary raffle prize. This tree will make a beautiful addition to someones collection. Members, if you have a litterati style tree, no matter what stage of development, please bring it for 'Show and Tell.'




September 22, 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 runners, cashiers, monitors for tree holding area, etc. 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




September 25 – 27, 2015, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

The Artisans Cup is the premier exhibition of American Bonsai. The event will also feature select artisans who are creating distinctive supporting elements such as ceramics, woodwork, tools, and more. For further information, visit our website at http://www.theartisanscup.com/.




October 24 -25, Capital City Bonsai Association 15th Annual Show

Supporting the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and Sacramento bonsai clubs. Shepard Garden Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday, with demonstration both days at 1:30 PM by sponsor clubs with bonsai benefit drawings to follow. Vendor and club sales throughout the show. For more information contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048 or juddbonsai@att.net .




October 27, ABAS Monthly Meeting

A Member Shohin Challenge
Details to follow.




October 29 - November 1, Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention 38, Riverside, California

“Bonsai Fusion: Where Tradition Meets Innovation” at the Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth Street near Main. Headliners: Bjorn Bjorholm and John Wang. Guest artists: David Nguy and Tak Shimazu. Demonstrations, seminars, critiques, workshops, benefit drawings, vendors, and much more. More information available at www.GSBF2015.com




November 24, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Doc Ward presents "Bonsai Fall Tune Up".
Details to follow.




December 17, 2015, Holiday Party

Join fellow ABAS 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. 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.






HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016


---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.