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

March 21, 22 - Sacramento Garden and Arts Spring Sale

The SGAC Spring Sale is held at the Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. The hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. ABAS will have a sales table for member consignment items and member donations. Items should be bonsai, plant or garden related. For members who wish to sell on consignment, please print the following documents:
Seller Instructions
Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet

March 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Bob Shimon styles a Mendocino Pygmy Cypress.

April 11 and 12 - ABAS Spring Show

This year we are honored to have Dan Robinson, known as 'The Picasso of Bonsai', from Elanden Gardens in Bremerton, Washington, as our headliner.The Art of Bonsai Project has a great article about Dan if you would like to learn more about him. Demonstrations are Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM. Demonstration trees are included in the daily raffle. Location is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. Click here for a map. Show hours are Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM, and Sunday, April 12, 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. For beginners, we offer a workshop at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. The cost is $10.00. Trees, wire, etc., are provided. Sign up Saturday or Sunday before 10:00 AM. Our show has a large vendor and member consignment area. This is a great opportunity to obtain quality bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, and supplies.
Members planning to sell on consignment may download the following instructions and forms:
Seller Instructions
Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet

Members, if you plan to show a tree and wish to review suggestions for tree preparation, here are some great links that are very helpful and inspirational:
'Ryan Neil 2013 Michigan All State Bonsai Show Critique'
'Moss techinique' from 'Bonsai Tonight'
Show Tree Prep Handout, Bob Bugay – Jan 2012
'Preparing Trees for Show' from 'Bonsai Tonight'

April 25 and 26 - Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Show

Annual show will be held at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are: Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration 2 PM both days by Yuzo Maruyama. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles and a Silent Auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. For more information contact Doug Hamby at (916) 273-2328 or

April 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

A shohin challenge!  Details to follow.

May 2 and 3 - Sacramento Bonsai Club, 69th Annual Bonsai & Suiseki Show

Show held at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are Saturday NOON-5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Benefit drawings after demonstration, Plant, Trees and related items will be offered for sale. For more information visit or contact Gary Judd at or 916-622-8048..

May 16, 17 - Satsuki Aikokai of Sacramento, Annual Bonsai Show

The show is held at the Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5PM, and Sunday 10 AM – 4PM. Demonstrations at 1 PM on both days by Yuzo Maruyama. Satsuki information booth, vendors, raffles, etc. For more information contact or Ronn Pigram (916) 428-8505..

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.