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Club hosts auction of collectible bonsai

American Bonsai Association, Sacramento, welcomes public to bid at Shepard Center

This little maple was among the winners at the 2023 American Bonsai Association, Sacramento, bonsai show. Take home your own bonsai at the ABAS auction on Tuesday, Sept 26.

This little maple was among the winners at the 2023 American Bonsai Association, Sacramento, bonsai show. Take home your own bonsai at the ABAS auction on Tuesday, Sept 26. Courtesy American Bonsai Association, Sacramento

These little trees in pots can go for big money. Here’s your chance to own your own collectible bonsai while helping this hobby continue to flourish in the City of Trees.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the American Bonsai Association, Sacramento, hosts a live auction of bonsai at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Admission to the auction is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a preview of the trees to be sold. The bidding starts at 6:30 p.m.

Expect to find top-class trees, some of them decades old and carefully tended. Others are just getting started. The auction benefits the club, which has been active since 1958.

This sale also helps individual members. Several trees will be offered on consignment by club members from their own collections.

Although these trees are little, they can add up; these avid collectors thin their forests – to make room for more bonsai. The winners are the bidders who take home great trees at good prices.

“Don’t miss a great opportunity to purchase good-quality bonsai material,” says the club.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.

Details: https://www.abasbonsai.org/.

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