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Welcome to ABS

Founded in 1967, the American Bonsai Society, Inc. is the pioneering national bonsai organization. As a non-profit corporation, our purpose is to promote knowledge of and interest in bonsai and to serve as a national focal point for bonsai fanciers. We publish a Bonsai Journal, hold conventions for our members and provide a variety of educational and support services to the bonsai community. The Officers and Directors of ABS are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to spreading the word about this wonderful, satisfying and challenging hobby.
 

Clubs affiliated with ABS share a variety of resources in the area of educational development, membership recruitment and organizational structure.
Membership - New/Renew

Yearly memberships in the American Bonsai Society include an annual subscription to BONSAI: Journal of the American Bonsai Society, free membership to the ABS Forum, discounts on purchases through the ABS Store, and eligibility to participate in ABS Bonsai Events and Contests. In addition to the Journal, members receive a 4-5 page electronic monthly newsletter (you can opt out if desired).   Read More and Become a Member >

Joshua Roth Competition

The Joshua Roth/American Bonsai Society New Talent Bonsai Competition

The Joshua Roth New Talent Bonsai Competition is an annual competition to recognize and promote new bonsai talent in North America. First prize is no more than $1,000 toward an exclusive course of instruction with an approved bonsai teacher.  Learn More >

John Naka Award Program

 The John Y. Naka Design Award program is designed to recognize ABS members that are either hobbyists or professionals who exhibit an excellence in Bonsai design. The American Bonsai Society invites you to submit your bonsai for one of our annual awards given in honor of John Y. Naka. These awards will be given to North American bonsai artists and hobbyists who exhibit the spirit of artistic design taught by Master Naka using North American native material or material grown entirely in North America as exhibited by one of his or her bonsai.   Enter Now >