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 2014

July 22, ABAS Monthly Meeting - Kathy Shaner Workshop and Monthly Meeting Demonstration

Kathy will honor us with a workshop and meeting demonstration this month. The workshop is full, however, members are invited to stop by as silent observers. For the meeting demonstration, Kathy will style a 20 year old Shimpaku juniper which will be included in the raffle.


August 23 - 24, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society 31st 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/annual%20show.html, for details!




August 26, ABAS Monthly Meeting - Bob Bugay Tree Improvement Program

Do you have a tree that you just know could be better, but you just cannot figure out what to do?

Is there a better front?
Would it look better with less (or more) branches?
Should the tree be shorter (or taller)?
Would a different pot improve its appearance?
Could I change the style?
What can I do to make it look better?
Bring the tree to this meeting and get suggestions from Bob and others. Click here for details!


September 23, Annual ABAS 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 6:30PM. 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




October 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Organizing for GSBF Convention 37




October 30 - November 2, GSBF Convention 37

Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Convention 37, “Bonsai Visions of the West” is here in Sacramento at the DoubleTree Hotel and Event Center, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA, 95815, located just off Business 80 near Arden Fair Mall . Headliners are Kathy Shaner, Peter Tea, and David DeGroot. Visit the convention website for more details..




November 25, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Fall is pine maintenance time! This is one of the most important times of the year to work on pines; so, bring your pines for pruning, needle pulling, wiring, and restyling! Experienced members will be available to assist.




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 2014 schedule of workshops and events.