GSBF Upcoming Events


February 18 - 19, 2017 Oakland, California
GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt
: The annual Mammoth Auction and Sale Fund Raiser will be held at 666 Bellevue Ave. (Garden Center Building). Saturday: Auction preview at noon with Auction starting at 1 PM. Sunday: Vendor Sales start at 9 AM, Plant Sales start at 10 AM, and demonstrations at 1 PM. The date for this year’s event is a week earlier than in the past to let attendees and vendors participate in both the Mammoth and the Bonsai-a-Thon. You are encouraged to submit your bonsai for consideration to be included in the Mammoth Auction as soon as possible. Items will be considered on a first-come-first-considered basis. The Bonsai Garden will be open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday, so you can check out the many changes that have been made this year. For more information or to sell trees, email and visit

Feb. 25 – 26, 2017 San Marino, California
Bonsai-A-Thon XXI at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
, 1151 Oxford Road. This is the annual fundraiser for the GSBF Collection at The Huntington. Event admission is free with Bonsai-A-Thon “early bird” registration between 8 AM -9 AM. Event hours are 8 AM - 4:30 PM both days. Pancake breakfast, demonstrations, lunch, bonsai exhibits, large sales area, raffle and auction. For more information visit

March 4, 2017 Oakland, California
GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: Ryan Neil will conduct a re-styling of the BGLM's Rocky Mountain Juniper to be held at the Lake Merritt Sailboat Boathouse from 1 to 4 PM. Ryan's demonstration will be a fund-raising event in support of the Bonsai Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project. BGLM is raising $100,000 to replace worn out display and seating benches, upgrade water systems and install new pathways and windows.

Tickets are $35 each (tax deductible) and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tickets may be reserved by emailing with the name of purchaser, number of tickets requested, phone number, mailing address, and email address. Once you are confirmed that there is space for you, you will be asked to mail a check or credit card number, expiration date and Zip code to GSBF BGLM, PO Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610. Once purchased, the tickets are non-refundable

March 11 – 12, 2017 Oakland , California

Bay Area Bonsai Associates: 36th Annual Bonsai Exhibit at Lake Merritt Garden Center , 666 Bellevue Avenue , Oakland . Hours are Saturday 5 PM – 9 PM with light dinner at 5:30 PM and demonstration by Bill Castellon, Gordon Deeg, and Jim Gremel at 6:30 PM. Hours for Sunday are 10 AM – 4 PM.

April 1 - 2, 2017     San Jose, California
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club: 46th Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street. Show hours are: Saturday Noon - 5 PM, and Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM with styling demonstrations at 1 PM on both days by Peter Tea. West America Trading Company (David and June Nguy) will provide a full range of bonsai supplies, including pots, wire, tools, soil and many other items helpful to the art of bonsai. Bonsai Fusion (Kanehiro HamaJima) will be offering small rose trees and his small specialty pots. Art of the Daiz (Jerry Braswell) will provide Rocks/W/Daiz along with his unique high quality Bonsai Stands. Soh-Uu-en Satsuki Bonsai (Daren Wong) will be featuring Azalea trees fresh from Japan, as well as many other species of Azaleas. Club trees and pots also for sale. For more information, contact Ken Azuma at or Jim Urhausen at

April 1 - 2, 2017 Sacramento, California

Bonsai Sekiyu Kai: 40th Annual Bonsai show and demonstration at Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstration at 2 PM by Yuzo Maruyama, followed by a benefit raffle both days. There is a bonsai vendor area and a food vendor. Admission and parking are free. For information, email

April 8 – 9, 2017 Sacramento, California
American Bonsai Association, Sacramento: Annual Spring Show at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Show hours are Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM with demonstrations by headliner Jonas Dupuich at 1:30 PM both days. Beginner workshop Sunday morning from 10 AM – Noon. Large member and vendor sales area, plenty of free parking, and free admission. Benefit drawing Saturday and Sunday includes bonsai, bonsai related items, and that days demonstration tree. For additional information contact Renee Seely: (916) 929-2106 & email or visit our website

April 8 - 9, 2017, Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai: 29th Annual Show at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street. Show hours are 10 AM - 5 PM both days with demonstration at 2 PM. Saturday’s demonstrator is Eric Schrader and Sunday’s will be Mr. Katsumi Kinoshita. Demonstration tree and trees prepared by club members will be part of the raffle each day after the demonstration. Sales area will include quality vendor and member trees, pots, and other related bonsai items both days. Admission price of $5.00 includes the Bonsai Show as well as admission to all the Museum exhibits. For more information contact Ed Lambing at

April 8 - 9, 2017 Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Bonsai Society: "Bonsai 45" 45th annual show at the Rose Room of the Tucson Woman's Club, 6245 East Bellevue, near Speedway & Wilmot. Show hours are 9 AM - 5 PM both days. Admission $5 per person (includes one raffle ticket), with children under 12 free. Demonstrations of bonsai technique will be ongoing both days, in the patio areas. Show will feature 45 bonsai selected from member collections, an additional educational display of "not yet ready for prime time" trees, and a raffle to benefit the society. Registration for Basics class in April, instructed by GSBF certified instructors. For further information, contact:

April 22, 2017 Sacramento, California

American Bonsai Association, Sacramento: Bus Trip to 'The Second Annual Fundraising Event for the Clark Bonsai Collection at Shinzen. 12 hour bus trip departing the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center at McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd, at 7 AM and returning at 7 PM. Must have a commitment from 40 people by March 15 to book the bus. For reservations mail check made out to ABAS to: Patti Fletcher, 3901 Don River Ln., Sacramento, CA 95834. For more information contact Renee Seely (916) 929-2106 or via email

April 22 - 23, 2017 Fresno, California

2nd Annual Köen-Nai No Bonsai Fundraiser for the Clark Bonsai Collection at Shinzen. Enjoy a wonderful bonsai weekend in the beautiful setting of the Shinzen Garden at Woodward Park, at Friant and Audubon Roads. Hours are Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM and Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Peter Tea and David Nguy will provide demonstrations for this event. The event will include a huge bonsai auction with a wide selection of trees, complimented by a mammoth vender area. Toko-Kazari Display Competition will provide beautiful artistry together with tours of the Regional Bonsai Exhibit in the garden. Several Shohin workshops will be offered. For more information, contact Bob Hilvers at

April 29 – 30, 2017, San Diego, California

San Diego Bonsai Club: Spring Bonsai Exhibition at the Casa Del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Show hours are 10 AM – 5 PM both days with demonstrations at 11 AM and 1 PM. Free admission. Bonsai pots and trees for sale, as well as other bonsai-related items. For more information visit or contact Janice Hale.

April 29 – 30, 2017, Chico, California

Chico Bonsai Society: Bonsai Exhibit at the C.A.R.D. Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave. Show hours are Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM. Free admission and parking. Plants, tools, and Bonsai materials will be offered for sale. For more information visit

April 30, 2017 Watsonville, California

Watsonville Bonsai Club: 44th Annual Bonsai Exhibit held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St. Show hours are 10 AM - 4 PM, with a demonstration by award winning Bonsai Master Katsumi Kinoshita at 1:30 PM. Over 50 outstanding bonsai, large and small, young and old, will be on display. A raffle of bonsai items, plants and the demo tree will follow. Tea & cookies will be served. Plenty of parking for vehicles of all sizes; even for group outings. A vendor will be available to sate your plant appetite for bonsai or otherwise. For more information contact Michael Anderson at (831)247-9028 or

May 6 - 7, 2017 Sacramento, California
Sacramento Bonsai Club
: 71st Annual Bonsai & Suiseki Show at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Show hours are Noon - 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM - 4 PM on Sunday with demonstration at 2 PM each day. Demonstration by Sam Adina, followed by the demo raffle and more prizes. Free Admission. For more information contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd at or visit

May 20 - 21, 2017 Sacramento, California
Satsuki Aikokai of Sacramento: Annual Bonsai Show will be held at the Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5PM, and 10 AM – 4PM, with demonstrations at 1 PM on both days by Yuzo Maruyama. Class “Create your own flowering azalea bonsai” at 11 AM daily with class fee $20. Satsuki information booth, vendors, raffles, etc. For more information contact Ronn Pigram at (916) 428-8505 or

May 20 - 21, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Akebono Bonsai Club and Kashu Suiseki Kai: 55th and 51st Annual Show held at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd. Show hours are Noon to 5 PM each day with demonstration at 2 PM, followed by demo raffle and door prizes. Free Admission. For more information contact

May 20-21, 2017 Santa Barbara, California
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara: Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Hours are Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM and Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM with demonstrations at 1 PM both days. Plant sale by the Club. Native plants suitable for bonsai in the Botanic Garden's nursery. Books and other gifts in the Garden Shop. For more information, contact Joe Olson 805-964-0869, email, or visit

May 20 - 21, 2017 Oakland, California

Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai (BASA): 22nd Annual Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Show at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Show hours are 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM - 4 PM Sunday. Featuring Bonsai Satsuki Azaleas in full flower bloom! Expert demonstration on styling, educational forums all day, member sales with beginner & Japan imported material, Vendors, Silent auctions, free admission, and public parking available. For more information, contact George Haas at or visit our website

June 3 - 4, 2017 San Mateo, California
Sei Boku Bonsai Kai: 34th Annual Show at the San Mateo Garden Center. 605 Parkside Way (next to Beresford Park). Show hours are 10 AM - 4 PM both days, with demonstration by Matt Reel from 1 – 3 PM on Saturday (tree will be raffled off at the conclusion of his demo). On Sunday Matt will lead an open view workshop from Noon – 3 PM (one of the workshop trees raffled at conclusion). Large club member plant sale, vendors, door prizes and our always popular raffles. Admission is free. Dr. Bonsai will be available to offer styling and care tips. For more information contact Marsha Mekisich at

June 3 - 4, 2017 Van Nuys, California
Sansui Kai of Southern California: Annual Bonsai Show and Sale, Japanese Garden, Tillman Water Reclamation Center, 6100 Woodley Ave. Hours are 10 AM - 4 PM with demonstrations on both days. There will be bonsai trees for sale as well as bonsai related things (pots, stones etc.). For more information contact Jack Reynolds, 805-368-0110.

June 4, 2017 Seaside, California
Monterey Bonsai Club: 54th Annual Exhibition at the Monterey Buddhist Temple, 1150 Noche Buena Street. Show hours are 11 AM - 4 PM. Demonstration at 1:30 PM by Katsumi Kinoshita. Silent auction area will include bonsai, pots and plants. For more information: email Rich Guillen at or Drew Tucker at

June 10 – 11, 2017 La Canada-Flintridge, California

Descanso Bonsai Society: 48th Annual Bonsai Show at Van De Kamp Hall, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. Show hours are 9AM - 4 PM both days with demonstrations at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. Trees from novice to master exhibitors will be on display. A large selection of trees, pots, plants and bonsai related items will be for sale. All events are free with Garden admission. For more information visit our web site,

June 17 - 18, 2016 Livermore, California

Valley Bonsai Society: 9th annual show at Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane. Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM on both days. A demonstration by an expert bonsai artist is planned each day starting at 1PM. The finished tree will be raffled off at the end of the demonstrations. Admission is free. For additional information contact Charles Harder at

June 24 – 25, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Kusamura Bonsai Club: 57th Annual Show will be held at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Hours are Saturday, Noon – 5 PM, and Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM with demonstrations at 1:30 PM each day. Saturday demonstration provided by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai Tonight. Sunday demonstration provided by club members. Free admission. Bonsai trees, pots, and other bonsai-related items will be for sale. For more information contact Charlene Fischer at or