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

Join us on Saturday June 1st at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way for our annual bonsai auction. Over 200 bonsai and related materials will be sold at auction, live and silent. The live auction of high quality, refined bonsai will happen from 1:00 to 3:30PM. The silent auction will begin at 1PM with item checkin from 10AM to 12:30PM. For more details and to prepurchase your auction paddle (required to sell or buy), see our auction page.


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!


PSBA Workshop and General Meeting - March 24 & 25 - Guest Artist Scott Elser

Our guest artist for March is Scott Elser. He will be doing a workshop on Sunday, March 24th at Bonsai NW in Tukwila from 11:30-3:30. The workshop is limited to 8 participants at a cost of $55. Participants are expected to bring a mature tree with good potential (bring more in case there is only minimal work to be done on one of the trees) and tools and wire. Bonsai NW has a wide selection of trees available if you wish to purchase one for the workshop. Silent observers are welcome at a cost of $10. This is a great opportunity for those new (or not so new) to bonsai to pay a small price to learn by observing. If you elect to participate, please be on time so the workshop is not disrupted. 

If you wish to sign up for the workshop you can do so by emailing workshop coordinator Lynn Paietta.  Lynn can provide you a mailing address to send your check or a link to pay by credit card online on our secure online payment system.

Our general meeting featuring a demo by Scott will be held Monday March 25 at 7 pm at CUH.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Scott started early down the bonsai path by studying the trees of his grandfather, Mark Emmert. Bonsai was a natural marriage of his love of the outdoors with his graphic design background. Combining his outdoor experience and passion for native Northwest species, he began gathering trees from the wild to build his collection.

Scott took his bonsai skills to another level when he began studying with Boon Manakativipart, graduating from Boon’s three year Intensive course in 2005. Armed with this in-depth instruction, Scott began entering trees in the US National Bonsai Show.  He won Best Conifer in 2008 and 2010, and Best of Show in 2012. His pursuit of bonsai as an artistic endeavor continues with Ryan Neil at Bonsai Mirai.

Scott draws on his profession as a graphic designer to create Northwest inspired bonsai and now teaches the same throughout the region.


PSBA General Meeting - February 25th at CUH - Guest Artist Austin Heitzman

Austin Heitzman is a furniture maker based in Portland Oregon. He specializes in custom furniture and bonsai stands made from locally salvaged city trees. His pieces are influenced by a deep love of nature and an appreciation for Japanese art cultivated through his exploration of bonsai. Austin likes to contrast refined carving and clean lines with the natural defects in the tree making each piece a collaboration between himself and nature. 

Austin's presentation will detail traditional bonsai display; how to pair an appropriate stand with your tree and pot, and correct use of a jita for an accent. It will also go over contemporary American bonsai display and creative use of wooden material to make your display stand out.


Happy Holidays to all!

We have a great program coming up next year!

  •  In February, our meeting on the 25th will be highlighted by a discussion on displaying bonsai by Austin Heitzman from Portland. 
  • Our March 25th meeting will feature a demonstration by Scott Elser who will also host a workshop on the 24th. 
  • On the 22nd of April, we'll have a study group style meeting where members are encouraged to bring and work on their own trees and get styling suggestions from advanced members. 
  • In May, we have the Spring Show at PBM on Mother's Day weekend. 
  • June 1st is our annual bonsai auction at PBM. 
  • On June 24th we have a meeting with guest artist yet to be announced. 
  • June 29th and 30th we have a club display at Japan Fair held in Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue. 
  • July 14th is our pot luck. 
  • Bill Valavanis will headline our September 23rd meeting. Bill will also be hosting one or two workshops. 
  • Our October 28th meeting will again be a work on your own tree study group syle meeting. 
  • November 25th, Todd Schlafer of Denver will put on a bonsai demonstration and workshop.

Please remember, dues for 2019 are due by January 1st, 2019.