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 2017

October 21, 22 - Capital City Bonsai Show, Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This show is FREE to the public!

The purpose of this show is to support the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt in Oakland (check out their website ). Rather than each club donating separately to the Collection, the Sacramento Clubs have made it a "group effort". And, what a great time of year to have a bonsai show. We get to display our trees with fruits and fall color.

Activities during the show include:

  • Morning member styling demonstrations followed by and auction of the trees (note: anyone can participate in the member demo's in the morning, followed by auction of their tree).
  • Afternoon styling demonstrations by Bonsai Sekyukai (Saturday) and Satsuki Aikokai (Sunday)
  • Vendors
  • Club member consignment sales (contact Ramona Cota email if you wish to sell on consignment)
  • Potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share that will serve 10 - 12 people)
  • Raffle which will include the afternoon demonstration trees (please consider donating items to the raffle as this is a very important part of the fundraising)
John Cota is our club representative on the planning committee and will be contacting members to show trees and assist with the show.
Please come! Our presence at this event shows our support for the Sacramento bonsai community and the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt.

October 24- ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM - Kathleen will fill in for Doc.
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member John Cota creates a saikei for raffle.

November 4 - ABAS Boxwood Workshop

This workshop will be a series of three to begin development of the trees into bonsai: initial repotting, styling, carving, etc.: November 4, 2017, February 2018 (date to be arranged), May 2018 (date to be arranged)

Material: Urban collected dwarf variety boxwoods
Cost: $25.00
Date: November 4, 2017
Place: Roger Steel's home
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For the first meeting in November, the trees will be repotted and initial work performed. For more information, contact Roger at

November 28 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Guest, Ron Anderson, will style a Japanese black pine for raffle.

December 3 - ABAS Introduction to Wiring Bonsai

Wiring is an essential skill in bonsai— It allows us to bend branches and add movement to our trees to train them towards a desired shape. It’s a technique that we all strive to master, and what better way to take a step on that journey than to learn from ABAS own, Bob Bugay and Renée Seely.

Bob and Renee will begin class with a lecture and demonstration on:
The Wire Types and Usage
Wiring Techniques/Tips and Tricks
Students will then get a chance to practice those techniques on cut branches to refine their skills. After students have had ample time to practice, they will have a chance to use these learned techniques on their own bonsai trees under Bob and Renée’s guidance.

When: December 3rd, 2017
Where: Renée Seely’s home at: 1636 Vallarta Circle, Sacramento CA 95834
Duration: 9am – 1pm. Please arrive a few minutes early
Attendee Cost: $20 per student (to cover cost of materials)
Included with Workshop:

Experienced instructor(s)
Refreshments & snack (water, soda, etc)
Bonsai wire to support the class
Hand outs
What’s not included:
Bonsai Trees (Suggestion: bring one juniper & one deciduous tree to work on in the class)
Bonsai tools

December 21 - 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.

Visit the Lotus Bonsai Nursery, Placerville, website for their schedule of workshops and events.