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 2017

April 22 - ABAS Annual Bus Trip to the Second Annual Fundraising Event for the Clark Bonsai Collection at Shinzen Gardens, Fresno

12 hour bus trip departing the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center at McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, at 8:00 AM and returning at 8:00 PM. Rendezvous point for Stockton/Modesto people is the 'Park & Ride" just north of JC Penny at the Vintage Fair Mall. Destination is the 2nd Annual Koen Nai No Bonsai Fundraiser at the Clark Collection at Shinzen Friendship Park, Fresno. Trip highlights: visit the Clark Bonsai Collection, the first Central California Regional Bonsai Exhibit, 9:00am - 12:00pm Shohin workshops, 9:30am - 5:30pm bonsai and bonsai material sales, 10:30am - 1:30pm David Nguy demonstration (tree auctioned at 1:30pm), 12:00pm - 1:30pm Shohin round robin demonstrations (demo trees auctioned at 1:30pm), 1:30pm - 4:00pm live auction of Ray Thieme collection and other selected bonsai from local and statewide artists.

Cost is $48.00 per person. Visit the event website at We have met the 40 person minimum! There are 6 seats remaining. For reservations mail check made out to ABAS to: Patti Fletcher, 3901 Don River Ln., Sacramento, CA 95834. For more information contact Renee Seely (916) 929-2106 or via email

April 22, 23 - Second Annual Fundraising Event for the Clark Bonsai Collection at Shinzen Gardens

At the Shinzen Gardens in Woodward Park, Fresno, CA. Activities include demonstrations by David Nguy and Peter Tea, Toko-Kazari Display Competition, huge bonsai auction, large vendor sales, shohin workshops, and the first Central Valley Regional Bonsai Exhibit. For more information contact Bob Hilvers at

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

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: 2 recorders, 6 runners, 3 cashiers, and 3 back room tree holding area. Sign up sheets will be available at the April meeting. Sellers, download information and forms by clicking the following links:
Auction Seller Instructions
Auction Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet
No Pre-meeting tonight.

June 10 - ABAS Annual Garden Tour

Details to follow.

June 27 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Luau reformatted, election, 'Power Of One' new rules.

July 25 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Jerry Braswell on stones and stone display.

August 22 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Member Steve Cozens presents a program on oaks.

August 26, 27 - Redwood Empire Bonsai Society Annual Show, Santa Rosa

Visit their website for details.

September 26 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Member John Cota creates a saikei for raffle.

October 21, 22 - Capital City Bonsai Show

October 24- ABAS Monthly Meeting

Member Doc Ward creates a root over rock for raffle.

November 28 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Guest, Ron Anderson, will style a pine or juniper for raffle.

December - 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 schedule of workshops and events.