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

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

Visit their website for details

Tuesday, February 27 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

6:00 PM 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.

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 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 we will be traveling to the East Bay visiting Dave Chimpky, Boon Manakitivipart, Jonas Dupuich, the Bonsai Collection at Lake Merritt and time permitting the Bay Area Bonsai Associate’s Show. There will buying opportunities at some of the stops. Several destinations are not open to the public and have been arranged especially for this tour. You can sign up and pay at our February meeting or call Sylvia Anderson, (916) 622-4772. The cost is $40 per person, payable at time of registration. Drinks and snacks will be provided, bring your own lunch. Volunteers are needed to shop, provide ice coolers and serve as hosts on the bus. Beginning February 1, available seats will be open to members of other bonsai clubs in the area as well as family and friends.

Start: 8am
3330 McKinley Drive, Sacramento, Ca 95816
101 miles 100 minutes to 22819 Valley View Dr, Hayward, CA 94541-3540
4 miles 10 minutes to 27920 Quercus Ct, Hayward, CA 94542-2215
18 miles 25 minutes to 2057 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501-4214
5 miles 11 minutes to 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
85 miles 85 minutes to 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816-3824
End: 8pm

March 27, ABAS Monthly Meeting

6:00 PM Pre-meeting.
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

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 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

April 24, ABAS Monthly Meeting

6:00 PM Pre-meeting:
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 -

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.