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

December 17, 2015, 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.

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January 26, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Member, Ram Lucas, presents a program on Ryan Neil's Artisans Cup that was held in Portland, Or., September 2015. Ram was one of a very select group of bonsai artists selected to display trees at this very prestigious event. In addition, Renee Seely will present traditional Japanese bonsai repotting techniques as taught by our regional bonsai masters - Kathy Shaner and Peter Tea.

February 23, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Scott Chadd from Lotus Bonsai Nursery presents our program. Details to follow.

March 22, ABAS Monthy Meeting

With our Annual Spring Show less than one month away, preparing trees for show, display and accents will be the subject of the program. Details to follow.

April 9 -10, ABAS Annual Show

This year it is our honor to present Peter Tea as our headliner. Peter began bonsai with the Midori Bonsai Club of San Jose and studied with Boon Manakitivipart before departing for Japan in 2011. In Japan, Peter studied under bonsai master Junichiro Tanaka at Aichi-en Bonsai Nursery in Nagoya. Now back in the United States, he travels the country presenting programs, conducting workshops, and appearing as the headline artist at conventions and shows. In a very short period of time, Peter has established himself as an exceptional teacher and incredibly talented bonsai artist. He is in the process of building his bonsai nursery and studio in Auburn, CA.
Show details will be posted in early 2016.

April 26, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Gordon Deeg presents a program on shohin bonsai. Many of our members are shohin enthusiast and Gordon Deeg is one of the most knowledgeable individuals in our area. He is president of the California Shohin Society and president of the 15th Biennial Shohin Seminar, February 5 – 7, 2016, in Santa Nella, California.

May 24, ABAS Monthy Meeting

Ryan Nichols of 'Back to the Roots Bonsai' will present our program. Ryan is one of the new talents in the western bonsai scene. At Cal Poly, he obtained a degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 2010 and a Masters degree in Plant Biology in 2013. Ryan learned of Ryan Neil through an internet search on the art of bonsai and immediately began studying at Bonsai Mirai. In 2014, Ryan Nichols won first place in the Joshua Roth New Talent Competition at the GSBF Convention in Sacramento. Currently, Ryan is teaching at the new Bonsai School at Lake Merritt, as well as, travelling throughout California giving seminars on horticultural aspects of bonsai and doing tree styling demonstrations.

June 28, ABAS Annual Luau and Elections

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.