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

May 26, ABAS Monthly Meeting

"To The Next Level" Bob will facilitate the second ABAS “Tree Improvement Program” (TIP). Members, please bring 1 or 2 trees for group feedback and suggestions. The audience will assist Bob with tree evaluation and provide suggestions for taking it "To The Next Level." Bonsai is a journey. So bring your tree(s) to the May 26th meeting and let your fellow members help you on this journey.

Saturday, May 30, ABAS Annual Home Tour

This year we will visit the homes of Kathleen O’Donnell, Walt Brainerd, Timm Johnson, and Michael and Linda McCurdy. The tour will be split into two groups. Sign up at the April/May meeting. Please note, this is a members only home tour. For information contact Steve Egan via email at

Group #1 - 8:45; meet and carpool from the Safeway on Alhambra and J St
Group #2 - 9:30; meet and carpool from the Shepard Garden and Arts Center (please park on the street)
House 1 - Kathleen O'Donnell
House 2 - Walt Brainerd
House 3 - Timm Johnson
House 4 - Michael and Linda McCurdy, lunch provided by ABAS
Directions and locations will be provided the morning of the tour.
Participants should keep in mind that we will be visiting private homes that are not set up for the public!! Please watch your step since walks and steps might be uneven.

June 23, ABAS Annual Luau (Fiesta) and ABAS Elections

Details to follow.

July 28, ABAS Monthly Meeting

What should I be doing on my trees in July? Member lead program on summer bonsai work - defoliating deciduous trees, de-candling pines, azalea maintenance, etc.

August 22 - 23, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society 32st 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,, for details!

August 25, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Juan Cruz started his bonsai career right here in Sacramento with ABAS. The year was 1995. He moved to the Bay Area and joined the Midori Bonsai Club. At Midori, he took workshops from Kathy Shaner and became inspired to pursue the art. He further developed his skills in Japan at Mansei-En bonsai nursery in Bonsai-Cho, Omiya. Currently, Juan is active with the Golden State Bonsai Federation. He will present a program on the Litterati (bunjin) style which is one of his favorites. His demonstration tree is still to be determined.

September 22, ABAS 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.