PSBA - Who We Are

Puget Sound Bonsai Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Club members have bonsai experience that ranges from beginner to recognized experts in the art. PSBA holds regularly scheduled club meetings featuring demonstrations and educational programs by national and international bonsai artists. The club also stages public shows and participates in community events where members' trees are showcased. PSBA was formed in 1973.

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PSBA General Meeting - Mon. Sep 23 7-10 pm at CUH - Bill Valavanis Guest Artist

We are proud to announce Bill Valavanis as our guest artist for the September 23rd general meeting! Valavanis is one of the most recognized names in the Western bonsai world and our highest-profile guest in recent years. Bill has been practicing bonsai for almost sixty years and in that time has had a tremendous impact on the development of bonsai in America and around the world.

Bill began bonsai at age 11, and eight years later was studying in Japan with master Kyuzo Murata of the famous Kyuka-en garden in Omiya and with Toshio Kawamoto at the Nippon Bonsai-Saikei Institute in Tokyo. After graduating from the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College, he returned to Japan to study with Kakutaro Komuro and Toshio Kawamoto. In 1976, he earned a degree in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University, on the heels of several months’ study at Yuji Yoshimura’s School of Bonsai.

Around this time, Bill began teaching bonsai classes and wrote the first two volumes of theEncyclopedia of Classical Bonsai Art. He then published the first volumes of International Bonsaimagazine in spring 1979. It was the world’s first (and now longest-running) English-language bonsai periodical. He has since authored several more books, countless articles and made TV appearances around the world. In addition to a staggering number of demos & workshops nationally and internationally, Bill has made over 50 trips to Japan, including leading dozens of his world-famous group tours.

In June 2008, he organized the first biennial U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. Hailed as a great success, there’ve been five more national shows between 2010 and 2018. In June 2017, Bill held the first U.S. National Shohin Bonsai Exhibition, the successor to which was held in June this year. In October 2017, he became the third inductee into the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s Bonsai Hall of Fame. A year later, he achieved another milestone by becoming the first American to evaluate a Japanese bonsai show at the Nippon Bonsai Taikan exhibition.

One could go on and on about Bill’s accomplishments and importance in the bonsai community, but suffice it to say it’s an honor for the PSBA to host him. We look forward to seeing you at 7pm on Monday September 23rd at the Center for Urban Horticulture. If you are interested in participating in a workshop with Bill, please contact workshop chair Lynn Paietta asap.

To learn more about Bill and see some of his work and travels, please visit or


Congratulations to the winner of our Bonsai Fest People's Choice Award!

Lynn Paietta's root over rock Japanese Maple won this year's People's Choice Award at our annual Bonsai Fest!  The People's Choice Award is given to the recipient of the most votes by visitors to our annual Spring Show and excludes professional displays.  Lynn is a long-time PSBA member, former board member and a sponsor of PSBA through her business Bonsai by Lin.  Congratulations!


PSBA General Meeting - Monday June 24, 2019 7-10 pm at CUH David De Groot guest artist 

Our upcoming June 24, 2019 general meeting will feature a demo by David De Groot.  David is an award-winning bonsai artist that served for 25 years as curator of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (now Pacific Bonsai Museum) in Federal Way, WA. He has been studying, practicing and writing about bonsai since 1972. David studied bonsai in Japan with master Yasuo Mitsuya and has also studied satsuki (azaleas) with Tatemori Gondo and Hayata Nakayama. In addition, he has studied the art of bonsai display with Uhaku Sudo. Sudo is a second generation master of the Keido school of bonsai display. David's educational journal articles have been published throughout the U.S. and in eight other countries. He is the author of two highly regarded and often recommended books: Basic Bonsai Design and Principles of Bonsai Design. Both are published by and available from the American Bonsai Society. In addition to presenting programs across the U.S., David has taught in Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa and Venezuela. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn from one of the best!


DON'T MISS THIS!! PSBA's Annual Bonsai Auction - June 1st, 1:00PM at PBM


Our annual auction will be this coming Saturday, June 1 from noon to about 4 pm.  The auction features both a live auction of trees and a silent auction which includes trees and other bonsai-related items.  Members are encouraged to bring unwanted bonsai items to enter into the silent auction.  Sellers in the silent auction should arrive as early as possible.  Silent auction items will be accepted starting at 10 am and no items will be accepted after 12:30pm.  There are a few changes to the silent auction this year.  There is a $25 minimum for auction lots (lesser value items can be combined to reach the minimum) and there is a maximum of 5 lots per person. Pre-registration including paddle purchase of $5 is available on the PSBA website here: (  Paddle proceeds are donated to PBM.  All sellers and buyers must purchase a paddle, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Sellers are reminded that unsold items in the silent auction are still subject to the 10% seller fee and must be picked up by the end of the day.  Any items left may be considered as donated to PSBA.
We encourage all members to come to the auction, even if you are not planning to buy or sell anything.  It is a good opportunity to meet other members, see some great trees and see exciting auction action.
We look forward to seeing all of you there!!




Upcoming: PSBA's Spring Show in conjunction with PBM's Bonsai Fest - May 11th - 12th

Join us at the Pacific Bonsai Museum for Bonsai Fest. Our Spring Show allows PSBA members to display their own works in a setting of bonsai splendor. The show opens on Saturday May 11th at 10AM and runs thru PBM closing on Sunday, Mother's Day May 12th at 4PM.

It's not too late to participate in the show by bringing a tree or volunteering with the PSBA team to set up or talk with the public! Message our facebook page to get involved! 

Share the event with friends and family and find all the latest Bonsai Fest news at the Facebook event page here. We hope to see you there!