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


December 15, ABAS 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 2017!!!
Saturday, January 21, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, ABAS Repotting Workshop at Renee Seely's Home

Cost is $10.00 to cover price of materials. Sign up at November meeting or contact Renee via email breadcrust@comcast.net or phone (916) 929-2106. Materials provided: soil, screen, wire. Participants bring 1 - 2 trees and pots. A review of soil composition, pot selection, and tree development will be discussed related to the trees in the workshop.
Members who wish to come and observe are welcome at no charge.




January 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-Meeting 6:00 - 7:00 PM: January will begin our 1 hour pre-meeting workshop and Doc Ward's mentor program for beginning and intermediate club members.
Regular meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 PM Sam Adina styles a beautiful Hinoke cypress for raffle. Member Sylvia Anderson will present a short program on her 'Power of One' experience at the GSBF Convention.
Show and Tell: Winter silhouette deciduous trees.




January 28, 29; Bay Island Bonsai Annual Show

Bay Island Bonsai Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Hours: 10AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday. Auction on Saturday, preview at noon and auction at 1pm. NEW: A work shop open to the whole bonsai community on Sunday, January 29th, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Maximum 6 participants) Pictures of the workshop trees will be posted in October. Guided tours of the exhibit both Saturday and Sunday. Vendor sales, Large pot sale, Club sales, Educational bonsai material for sale, A special pots sales this year. Entry to Exhibit is free, donations accepted. For more information (510) 919-5042, visit website https://bayislandbonsai.com/bib-annual-exhibit/.




February 11, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, ABAS Repotting Workshop at Renee Seely's Home

Cost is $10.00 to cover price of materials. Sign up at November meeting or contact Renee via email breadcrust@comcast.net or phone (916) 929-2106. Materials provided: soil, screen, wire. Participants bring 1 - 2 trees and pots. A review of soil composition, pot selection, and tree development will be discussed related to the trees in the workshop.
Members who wish to come and observe are welcome at no charge.




February 18, 19; Bonsai Garden Lake Merritt Annual Mammoth Fundraiser

The Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction is on Saturday, February 18 and the Mammoth Sale is on Sunday, February 19, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA next to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Visit their website http://gsbf-lakemerritt.org.




February 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Regular meeting: Peter Tea presents a program on conifers. One of our raffle prizes will be a spot in a Peter workshop on Saturday, April 29!
Show and Tell: Bring your favorite conifer!




March 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 PM with Ann Hultgren assisting members create accent plantings. Bring small pots!
Regular meeting 7:00 - 9:00 PM: In preparation for our Spring show, a member led program on exploring the mysteries of tree display with members Carmen Scott, Renee Seely and Kathleen O'Donnell.
Show and Tell: Bring a tree, stand, and accent for our program discussion.




April 1,2 - Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Annual Show

At the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day, demonstration 2:00 PM each day followed by a benefit raffle.




April 8,9 - ABAS Spring Show

This year we are honored to have Jonas Dupuich as our headliner. Visit his website https://bonsaitonight.com/ to learn about this very talented bonsai artist.




April 25, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Bonsai Study Course.
Regular meeting 7:00 - 9:00 PM: Timm Johnson on satsuki azaleas.
Show and Tell: Bring an azalea or or other flowering tree(s).




May 6,7 - Sacramento Bonsai Club Annual Show

At the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA. Hours Saturday 12:00 - 5:00, Sunday 11:00 - 4:00. Demonstration at 2:00 PM both days.




May 20, 21 - Satsuki Aikokai Annual Show

At theSacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA. Hours Saturday 10:00 - 5:00, Sunday 10:00 - 4:00. Demonstration at 1:00 PM both days.




May 23 - ABAS Annual Auction

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 schedule of workshops and events.