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


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018



Saturday, January 20, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, ABAS Repotting Workshop at Renee Seely's Home

Cost is $10.00 to cover price of materials. Contact Renee via email breadcrust@comcast.net or phone (916) 929-2106. Materials provided: soil, screen, wire. Participants bring 1 - 2 trees, pots, tools. A review of soil composition, pot selection, and tree development will be discussed related to the trees in the workshop.
Members who wish to come and observe are welcome at no charge.




Tuesday, January 23 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Special guest, Dave Goscinski, will lead the pre-meeting 6:00 PM and the regular meeting 7:00 PM. Pre-meeting will be a hands on styling exercise. The regular meeting will continue the topic of styling with member participation.
Shohin bonsai in growing pots will be raffled.

Formal Tree Display: Paul Holtzen
'Show and Tell':
Shohin, Winter Silhouettes, George Brown trees
Sign-Ups:
Repotting Workshop March 3
Annual Bus Trip March 24




January 27, 28; Bay Island Bonsai Annual Exhibit

Bay Island Bonsai Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Hours: 10AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday. Bonsai auction on Saturday, preview at noon and auction at 1pm. Guided tours of the exhibit both Saturday and Sunday. Vendor sales, large pot sale, club sales, educational bonsai material for sale, special pot sales. Entry to Exhibit is free, donations accepted. For more information (510) 919-5042, visit website https://bayislandbonsai.com/bib-annual-exhibit/.




February 2, 3, 4 - Shohin Seminar, Santa Nella, CA

Visit the website www.calshohin.org for details.




February 17, 18 - Mammoth Fundraiser at Bonsai Garden Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

Visit their website for details http://www.gsbf-lakemerritt.org/programs-page/mammoth-fundraiser/




Tuesday, February 27 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

6:00 PM Doc will resume the pre-meeting program, bring trees for advice and discussion.
7:00 PM Roger Steel will discuss development of maples and style a well developed Japanese maple for raffle.


Formal Tree Display: Renee Seely
'Show and Tell':
Flowering and anything beautiful trees
John Cota will share the 'Power of One' tree(s) he collected from the Lotus Nursery growing grounds.

Sign-Ups:
Repotting Workshop March 3
Annual Bus Trip March 24
Volunteers for SGAC Spring Festival, March 17, 18




Saturday, March 3, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, ABAS Repotting Workshop at Renee Seely's Home

Cost is $10.00 to cover price of materials. Sign up at January or February meeting or contact Renee via email breadcrust@comcast.net or phone (916) 929-2106. Materials provided: soil, screen, wire. Participants bring 1 - 2 trees, pots, and tools. A review of soil composition, pot selection, and tree development will be discussed related to the trees in the workshop.
Members who wish to come and observe are welcome at no charge.




March 17, 18 (Saturday, Sunday) - Sacramento Garden and Arts Center Spring Festival

The SGAC Spring Festival is held at the Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. Hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. ABAS will have a sales table for member consignment items and member donations. Items should be bonsai, plant or garden related. Deliver items on Saturday starting 9:00 AM (all day) and Sunday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. For members who wish to sell on consignment, please print and complete the following documents:
Seller Instructions
Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet




Saturday, March 24 - ABAS Annual Bus Trip

This year our bus trip will visit the East Bay area (Alameda and Hayward) with stops at the nurseries of Jonas Dupuich and Dave Chimpky, and the private collections of Boon Manakitivipart and Rick Trumm and Janet Nelson. Sign-up and details at the January meeting. Questions, contact Timm Johnson via email bonsaitimm@aol.com.




March 27, ABAS Monthly Meeting

6:00 PM Pre-meeting with Doc.
7:00 PM Bob Bugay presents his very popular Tree Improvement Program.

Do you have a tree that you just know could be better, but cannot figure out what to do? Bring the tree to this meeting and get suggestions from Bob and fellow members.




March 31, April 1 (Saturday, Sunday) - Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Annual Show

At the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day, demonstration 2:00 PM each day followed by a benefit raffle.




April 14,15 - 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. He returned from Japan in 2013 and now travels the country presenting programs, conducting workshops, and appearing as the headline artist at conventions and shows. 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 hours are 10 AM - 4 PM Saturday and Sunday. Demonstration by Peter Tea at 1:30 PM both days. There is a large member and vendor sales area, plenty of free parking and free admission. A benefit drawing follows the demonstration each day and will include that day’s demonstration tree and many bonsai and bonsai related items. For additional information call Renee Seely (916) 929-2106 or email breadcrust@comcast.net.

Beginner workshop at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning; cost is $10.00. Sign up Saturday or Sunday before 10:00 AM at the raffle ticket sales table; 10 student maximum, 'first come, first serve'. To register in advance, contact Renee Seely via email breadcrust@comcast.net or phone (916) 929-2106. Trees, wire, pots, soil, etc., are provided.

Members planning to sell on consignment may download the following instructions and forms:
Seller Instructions
Seller Payment and Inventory Sheet

We need volunteers! Members, if you have time to help out, please contact Renee Seely breadcrust@comcast.net.




April 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

6:00 PM Pre-meeting with Doc.
7:00 PM: Member Mark Mendenhall presents a Home Tour Retrospective
ABAS Profile Artist




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

Details to follow.




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 - satsukiaikokaisac@sbcglobal.net




May 22, ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-Meeting 6:00 PM:
Regular meeting 7:00 PM: John cota
Slate of candidates for elections 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





---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.