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

September 26 - ABAS Monthly Meeting

Pre-meeting 6:00 PM with Doc. Questions about your trees? Bring your trees and let Doc help answer questions you might have.
Regular meeting 7:00 PM. Doc Ward presents a program on creating a 'root over rock' style composition which will be the main raffle prize for the evening. For 'Show and Tell', bring root over rock trees or something that happens to look good right now.

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

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.