2019 American Bonsai Society Convention Co-Hosted by HBS

April 11 – 14, 2019

Houston Texas

Location – Marriott Westchase: 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX  77042. 713-978-7400

Ask for your “American Bonsai Society” $95/Night Special – Click here for more details.


Featured Guest Artists 

Boonyarat Manakitivipart Ryan Neil Enrique Castano de la Serna


 Click here for full artist’s information. 

Registration – (Early Registration: Before February 1, 2019 – ABS/LSBF Members $265, non-members $275; Registration (After January 31, 2019 – $295) – Includes meals, access to all seminars, vendor and exhibit areas, demos, raffles, silent and live auctions, and silent observation of workshops.  With the free Visitor Pass, one may access the Exhibit Hall and the Vendor Area, but the seminars, demos, raffles, auctions and workshops are restricted to those with a full registration.  Workshop participation involves additional fees – see the registration website and/or download the registration brochure for details.

Registration is handled online and opens at 12:00 Midnight CDT on September 15th. 

Click Here to Go to the Registration Website

Exhibition Entries – Any full registrant may submit a tree for the juried exhibit and there is no limit to the number of trees that may be entered.  A $25 entrance fee will be charged for any tree accepted for the display.  At least one photo of the tree is required. 

Click Here to Download the Exhibitor Entry Form

Exhibition Awards – ABS will be awarding the prestigious John Naka award along with a check for $500 for the best American native tree styled and maintained by the exhibitor as well as the ABS Medallion. The LSBF Excellence in Bonsai recognition will go to:  Best in Show — $500, Best Conifer — $150, Best Deciduous – $150, Best Shohin Tree — $150, Best Tropical — $150, Best Broadleaf Evergreen — $150, Best Texas Native Bonsai — $150, and Best Shohin Display — $150.  Awards will be presented at the Saturday night banquet.

Raffles – Raffle tickets can be purchased by full and single-day registrants.  The raffles will be held just before lunch and dinner each day.

Silent Auction – The silent auction will be held in the Grand Pavilion Foyer on Saturday night.  Bidding on silent auction items is restricted to full registrants.

Live Auction – A live auction of trees and merchandise will take place after dinner at the Saturday Awards Banquet.  Bidding on live auction items is restricted to full registrants.

Demonstrations – Headline artists will conduct demonstrations after dinner on Friday evening in the Grand Pavilion Foyer.  Each of the demonstration trees will either be included in a raffle or the live auction.

Workshops – Register early as many workshops will fill quickly.  Registering on-line will help ensure your spot in workshops.  For paper registrations, acceptance into the workshops will be determined by the date payment is received.  Click here to see the full schedule of workshops and seminars.

Joshua Roth Contest – The Joshua Roth/ABS New Talent Contest recognizes and promotes new bonsai talent in North America.  Participants will work on designing similar trees Thursday afternoon and evening, April 11th.  The winner receives $1000 for use in study with a bonsai professional, and a check for $500.  The runner up receives $500 in credit toward bonsai tools and supplies from the Joshua Roth catalog and a check for $500.   Winners will be announced on Saturday during the Awards Banquet.

Click here for additional information and the contest entry form.    

Sponsorship Opportunities – Promote your business and help support the art of bonsai.  HBS has various opportunities at all budget levels for you to help support this great event.  Click here for more information.

Shipping – Boxing and shipping of purchases will be available on Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm in Briarpark 1&2.  Shipping costs will be determined by the shipping company.


Visit the American Bonsai Society website.