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

November 28 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM with Doc and Ron Anderson
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Special 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

Join fellow ABAS members for an awesome potluck, gift exchange, bonsai tree decorating contest, and the opportunity to just socialize for an evening. Bring your friends and family. Turkey and ham are provided by ABAS. Bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as, a plate and flatware for yourself and your guest(s). The bonsai tree Christmas decorating contest and gift exchange are optional but lots more fun if everyone participates. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a bonsai related wrapped gift, value not to exceed $20.00. There will be a special prize for the decorated bonsai tree voted best by the audience. Doors open at 5:30 PM for decorating and table set up, drinks and finger food at 6 PM. Dinner begins at 6:30 PM.


---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.