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


January 24th - 25th, Bay Island Bonsai Show

Start the new year off with some serious inspiration by attending the annual Bay Island Bonsai Show at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland. Hours: 10AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday. Auction on Saturday, preview at noon and auction at 1pm. Bonsai demonstration by Boon Manakitivipart on Sunday at 1 PM. Guided tours of the exhibit both Saturday and Sunday, as well as, vendor sales, club sales, educational bonsai material and a special pots sales this year. Entry to exhibit is free, donations accepted. For more information (510) 919-5042 or go to the BIB website

January 27, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Peter Tea presents the program and will focus on litterati (bunjin) style. Peter is one of our local (San Jose) bonsai professionals who recently returned from an apprenticeship at Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery in Nagoya, Japan. At Aichi-en he studied under bonsai master Junichiro Tanaka. Peter began bonsai with the Midori Bonsai Club of San Jose and studied with Boon Manakitivipart before departing for Japan. As those of us who are fortunate enough to have workgroups with Peter can attest, he is an exceptional teacher and bonsai artist. Tonight, Peter will demonstrate his brilliant styling technique on a Monterey cypress. This tree will be included in the evening raffle.

February 21 - 22, GSBF Mammoth Fund Raiser

The annual GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Fund Raiser will be held at 666 Bellevue Ave. (Garden Center Building). Saturday: Auction preview at noon with Auction starting at 1 PM. Sunday: Vendor Sales start at 9 AM, Plant Sales start at 10 AM, and Demonstrations at 1 PM. Also on Sunday help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary! The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt will celebrate the many bonsai clubs who have created and supported the Garden by inviting Bonsai Clubs from all over Northern California to showcase their best trees. Bonsai Garden will be open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday. For more information or to sell trees, email and visit their website.

February 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Dino Pappademos styles a Japanese maple for raffle. Doc Ward and Renee Seely demonstrate various types of grafting.

March 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Bob Shimon styles a Mendocino Pygmy Cypress.

April 11 and 12 - ABAS Spring Show

Dan Robinson from Elanden Gardens in Bremerton, Washington, will be our headliner. The Art of Bonsai Project has a great article about Dan if you would like to learn more about him.

April 25 and 26 - Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Show

Details to follow.

April 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Details to follow.

May 26, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Back by popular demand, Bob Bugay presents his Tree Improvement Program.

Saturday, May 30, ABAS Annual Home Tour

Details to follow.

June 23, ABAS Annual Luau (Fiesta)

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.