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

April 5, 6 - 37th Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Annual Show

Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 2 PM on both days. 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 go to bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com.


April 12, 13 - ABAS Annual Show

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 12, 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM, and Sunday, April 13, 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. This year's headliner is Kathy Shaner. Kathy is internationally recognized for her excellence in the art of bonsai. She spent five years in Japan as an apprentice to Yasuo Mitsuya, winner of the Minister of Education and Kokufu awards, and was the first woman and first non-Japanese citizen to be certified by the Nippon Bonsai Kyodo Kumaii. Kathy maintains and designs private collections throughout the United States in addition to teaching and her role as curator of the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Many of Kathy's students are here in Sacramento and are truly enriched by her teaching and approach to the art of bonsai - find the "Soul of the Tree." Demonstrations are Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM. Demonstration trees are included in the daily raffle.

For beginners, we offer a workshop on Sunday morning. The cost is $10.00. Trees, wire, etc., are provided. Sign up sheet will be available Saturday.

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 and wish to review suggestions for tree preparation, here are some great links that may be helpful:
'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 22, General Meeting - Broadleaf or Needle Evergreens

Details to be determined


April 26, 27 - Modesto Bonsai 33rd Annual Show

Location is the Park Inn by Radisson – 1720 Sisk Road. Hours: Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM; and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Raffles, auctions, exhibit, and sales of plants, pots, tools. Free Admission. For more information visit ModestoBonsai.com.




May 3, 4 - Sacramento Bonsai Club 68th Annual Show

Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday with demonstrations on both days at 2 PM by Sam Adina. Benefit drawings, plant & tree sales. For more information, contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd at juddbonsai@att.net or visit http://www.sacramentobonsaiclub.com/ .




May 17, 18 - Satsuki Aikokai Association of Sacramento

Annual show of flowering satsuki azalea bonsai at Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5PM, and Sunday 10 AM – 4PM, with demonstrations at 1 PM on both days. Satsuki information booth, vendors, raffles, etc. For more information contact Ronn Pigram (916) 428-8505 or satsukiaikokaisac@sbcglobal.net.




May 27, General Meeting

Program to be determined.


June 24, Luau and Election

Details to follow


July 22, Monthly Meeting - Kathy Shaner Demonstrating

Details to follow


August 26, Monthly Meeting - Bob Bugay Tree Improvement Program

Details to follow


September 23, Annual Auction

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.