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

August 19 - BYOB (Bring Your Own Bonsai) Workshop RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 16

August 22 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting with Doc at 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member Steve Cozens presents the program 'All About Oaks'. His talk and brief demo will cover 3 types of oaks, similarities and differences, propagation, pruning, styling and seasonal care. He may have some acorns for us to take home to start our own tree. Steve also donated a beautiful Coast Live Oak (photo above) for our raffle grand prize.

August 26, 27 - Redwood Empire Bonsai Society Annual Show, Santa Rosa

Visit their website for details.

September 16 - BYOB (Bring Your Own Bonsai) Workshop

This workshop will be at Renee Seely's home, 9:00 AM to approximately 1:30 PM. Members are invited to sign up at the August meeting. There are 6 spots. Members bring 3-4 trees to work on. Timm Johnson, Phong Nguyen, Kathleen O'Donnell, and Renee Seely will be there to help with styling, wiring, and answer questions. Trees that we worked on in April will most likely need a follow up at this time. If it is hot, we will be inside to stay cool. For more information contact Renee at or phone (916) 929-2106

September 26 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member Doc Ward creates a 'root over rock' for raffle.

October 7, 8 - Sacramento Garden and Arts Center Fall Festival

The SGAC Fall 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

October 21, 22 - Capital City Bonsai Show

The Capital City Bonsai Show is a collaborative show put on by all four Sacramento area bonsai clubs to raise funds to support the GSBF Gardens primarily at Lake Merritt in Oakland. The focus of this show is on Fall in the bonsai garden. This is an opportunity to show trees that are fruiting and in Fall color. John Cota is our club representative on the planning committee and will be contacting members to show trees and assist with the show.

October 24- ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Member John Cota creates a saikei for raffle.

November 28 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

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

December 3 - ABAS Introduction to Wiring Bonsai

Workshop lead is Bob Bugay, location Renee Seely's home, 9:00 AM to approximately 1:30 PM. Details to follow.

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.