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 2018

April 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM: Work on member trees with Renee and John, 6:30 PM: John Cota shares his tree collecting experience at Lotus growing grounds
7:00 PM: ABAS Profile Artist - Clarence Smith (see our April newsletter for details)
The Formal Tree Display will feature one of Clarence's trident maples.
To round out the evening, our newsletter editor, Mark Mendenhall, presents a Home Tour Retrospective

For the raffle, Clarence has donated some of his suiseki viewing stones with the main raffle prize one of Clarence's shimpaku juniper plantings.

Sign Ups:
ABAS Workshop - May 12, Pruning and Wiring Deciduous Trees at Renee's, on spot remains.
ABAS Annual Home Tour May 26

May 5,6 - Sacramento Bonsai Club Annual Show

72nd Annual Show Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Show hours are Noon - 5 pm , Saturday and 10 am - 4 pm Sunday with demonstrations at 2 pm by Bonsai artist Sam Adina both days, followed by benefit drawings. Free Admission, open to the public. Club member sales of bonsai-related items. .

May 12, ABAS Workshop at Renee's - Pruning and Wiring Deciduous Trees

Time: 09:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  Coffee and donuts
  Club wire
Please bring:
                  Two to three trees
                  Tools and accessories
Pruning and styling considerations will be discussed based on the material in the workshop.

May 19, 20 - Satsuki Aikokai Annual Show

Annual show held at Shepard Garden Center 3330 McKinley Blvd. Show hours are 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday with demonstrations at 1:30 PM both days by botanist and bonsai nurseryman Yuzo Maruyama. Create your own azalea bonsai class at 11 AM both days. Raffles, vendors and Satsuki information booth. Free entrance and parking. For more information contact: Ronn Pigram (916) 428 8505 or email -

May 22, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-Meeting 6:00 PM:
Regular meeting 7:00 PM: John cota
Present slate of candidates for election at the June meeting.

May 26, ABAS Home Tour

Details and sign up to follow.

June 26, ABAS Special Monthly Meeting

Round Robin Workstations, Hors d'Oeuvres, Elections, Power of One for GSBF Convention

July 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Garrett Ryan on Bonsai Containers

August 25, 26 - Redwood Empire Bonsai Society Annual Show

For details, visit their website at

August 28, Monthly Meeting - Bonsai Bazaar and Auction

Details to follow.

September 25, All Day Workshop with Jennifer Price at Renee's

Workshop details to follow

September 25, Monthly Meeting with Special Guest Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price is a student of Walter Pall and a rising star on the bonsai scene in the US. Visit Walter Pall's blog to learn more about Jennifer. Program details to follow

October 23, All Day Workshop with Jonas Dupuich at Renee's

Workshop details to follow.

October 23, Monthly Meeting with Special Guest Jonas Dupuich

Program details to follow.

November 27, Monthly Meeting with Special Guest Boon Manakitivipart

Program details to follow.

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.