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.

PSBA Sponsors


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!


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.