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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UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday
May142018

PSBA's Annual Bonsai Auction - Saturday June 2nd, 2018 at Pacific Bonsai Museum

Mark your calendars!

PSBA's annual auction will be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way on Saturday, June 2nd from noon to about 4 pm. Special thanks go to the Pacific Bonsai Museum for being our host. 

The annual auction is PSBA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and also a great way to lighten, build or refresh your collection. Here are ways to contribute:

Contribute a Tree to the Live Auction. Got a tree that’s too big for you to carry? Looks just like another one in your collection? Looks great but you’re out of ideas? This is your chance to pass it along to a knowledgeable buyer, with a professional auctioneer working to ensure the best price for you.

We will accept about 70 trees and no more than 5 viewing stones for the live auction. Reserve pricing allowed; $15 fee on any items that do not meet reserve. 10% of selling price will be retained by PSBA as a commission.  To submit trees for the live auction, e-mail Aaron Pollock at PSBAauction@gmail.com no later than May 18th. Please provide a short description of each tree, including age, where collected, how long in bonsai training, pot details, etc.  Photos strongly recommended (may be used in promotional material). 

Contribute to the Silent Auction. Want to cull your stack of bonsai pots or your row of bonsai books? Got a cute little tree that’s not quite good enough for the live auction? Bring these items on the day to sell in the silent auction (be sure to come early and have the items labeled). Maximum reserve price $100; limit 5 items per club member. 10% of selling price will be retained by PSBA as a commission. 

Donate. To maximize your support of the club, please consider donating your items to the live or silent auction.  All sales proceeds will go to support PSBA activities.

Volunteer!  Bonsai may be slow, but the auction moves fast. Teams of volunteers work on Friday set up, Sunday take down, refreshments, registration/cash desk, silent auction, live auction, and security. We need muscles too, for moving trees.  Get up close and personal with a variety of great trees, make friends with other club members, and support your club. To join our happy band of volunteers, contact Aaron Pollock at PSBAauction@gmail.com.

SPREAD THE WORD AND JOIN THE FUN!

Sunday
Apr152018

April 23rd General Meeting - Round-Table Workshop: B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Tree)

As part of our ongoing effort to make meetings more interactive, our April 23rd general meeting will be a round-table workshop. This meeting will replicate the informal atmosphere of a study group and provide a great opportunity to work on bonsai in the company of fellow members. Everyone is invited to bring in a tree (or two, or three!) to work on and/or discuss. This is a great chance for new and intermediate practitioners to receive personalized advice and direction from members with decades of experience. It will also be an opportunity for more experienced folks to bounce styling ideas off their peers and/or help out our newer members. We encourage everyone to bring at least one tree regardless of quality, condition or development. If you've been debating on whether to remove a certain branch, pondering which pot would be the best fit, or wondering how to mix your soil, this is the meeting for you. Please bring your own tools and wire if necessary. Several highly experienced members will be available to provide input and advice on the care and styling of your tree(s). We look forward to seeing you on Monday April 23rd at 7pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture!

Monday
Mar192018

March 29 - April 1, 2018 - PSBA display at Sakura-Con Anime Convention

Seattle Sakura-Con Anime Convention is one of the largest anime conventions on the west coast.  Seattle was the first to include cultural groups by request of convention goers.  It is an honor to be invited each year.  This is PSBA’s 10th year of participation.  We are included as part of the Art Show which provides excellent security for your trees. Docents get the added bonus of a convention pass for the day, so you can enjoy the displays, vendors and costumed attendees before or after your shift.

We need trees and docents for the convention:

Setup & tree drop off:

Seattle Convention Ctr:             March 29th, 3:00 to 7:00pm

Convention:                              March 30th and 31st

Tear down & tree pick up:          April 1st, 1:00 to 3:00pm

Regarding Trees: Contact Jeannine Rakos

For Docents: Contact Sally Montejano

Docents work three hour shifts and require no experience. Even as a beginning PSBA member, you know more about bonsai than the convention goers, so new members are most welcome!  Docenting is fun and easy – we are always happy to teach.

We display trees of all ages and styles, including a couple of trees from recent new member workshops.  All trees must be display ready.  Quality trees of different variety and ages always makes a great display and are greatly appreciated by the convention goers.

We will be there to help you get your tree(s) into the convention.  We will also have your trees ready for pick up on Sunday.  

If you have any questions, the Chairperson, Jeannine Rakos , would be happy to answer.  She has been co-chairing and chairing this display since PSBA started at this convention – so ask away!  Sally Montejano has many years experience at conventions and is a wonderful resource person who is always happy to help.

Thursday
Mar082018

March 25 & 26: Workshop and General Meeting with Guest Artist David DeGroot 

 

For nearly 25 years, David DeGroot curated one of the most diverse, well-maintained and inspiring public bonsai collections as the former curator of the Weyerhaeuser Company’s “Pacific Rim Collection” (now the Pacific Bonsai Museum). DeGroot started practicing bonsai in 1972, and has studied under several Japanese bonsai artists. His educational journal articles have been published throughout the U.S. and eight other countries, and he has published two books, widely regarded as seminal books in any bonsai artist's collection - “Basic Bonsai Design” and “Principles of Bonsai Design. He travels widely to lecture, and has presented in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa and Venezuela. His diverse knowledge of Asian and native species of trees and their varying natural forms is a product of his long tenure as curator, and he continues to innovate and transform the art of American Bonsai.  

 

Dave DeGroot, will conduct a workshop for a maximum of eight participants on Sunday March 25 at Bonsai Northwest in Tukwila. The workshop will run from 11:30am-3:30pm. The cost is $55.  Participants are expected to bring a mature, vigorous tree with good potential (bring a second tree in case there is only minimal work to be done on your first choice), bonsai tools and wire. Bonsai Northwest 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 are interested in participating, please contact our workshop coordinator, Lynn Paietta via the PSBA website (http://www.pugetsoundbonsai.org/workshops/). Payment by credit card is available, just ask Lynn.

 

 

Sunday
Feb252018

February 25 & 26: Workshop and General Meeting with Guest Artist Matt Reel 

We are pleased to announce Matt Reel as our guest artist for the February 26th general meeting! Our meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm on Monday February 26th at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Matt will be presenting a demonstration on repotting techniques. Repotting is a fundamental aspect of bonsai and key to ensuring healthy trees, yet it's very rarely taught or demonstrated. We will rectify this by having Matt repot a tree in front of us and address everything from soil mixtures to pot selection. Matt will also be conducting a hands-on workshop the day prior (Sunday February 25) for a limited number of participants. Please scroll down for details and book your spot ASAP before it sells out!

Many of us will remember Matt as one of our headliners at the last PNBCA convention held in Olympia, WA in the fall of 2016. He began his bonsai journey at just 14 years of age in Portland, Oregon. After finishing high school, Matt moved to Japan to begin a formal apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Mr. Suzuki was the last apprentice of master Motosuke Hamano of Touju-en nursery in Omiya and is now widely regarded as one of the top three of four bonsai artists in the world. He holds more Prime Minister awards than anyone else and is profoundly respected among his fellow professionals. Matt's full-time apprenticeship lasted a staggering eight years, during which he wired and styled many trees for the Kokufu-ten and Taikan-ten, the two most prestigious shows in the world.

Matt returned from Japan in 2014 to begin his professional career and joined the Portland Bonsai Village. His is known for his broad expertise in a wide range of conifers and deciduous trees, as well as his knowledge of bonsai display, especially in a tokonoma setting. Matt’s highly refined styling of trees has gained worldwide attention and made him in very high demand as a presenter and as a caretaker of bonsai collections for serious aficionados. He travels around the country and the world teaching workshops, performing demonstrations, and styling trees for private and public collections. He has been a headliner at Generation Bonsai in Germany and Brussels' Bonsai Rendezvous and will be headlining at Gateway to Bonsai and the MABS Spring Bonsai Festival this year, among others. We are very pleased to have him visit us!

To see some of Matt's work, you can visit his website at: http://www.reelbonsai.com
Or his blog at: https://reelbonsai.wordpress.com  

WORKSHOP:
Matt will conduct a workshop for a maximum of eight participants on Sunday February 25th at Bonsai Northwest in Tukwila. This is an excellent opportunity for personalized, hands-on instruction from a master. The workshop will run from 11:30am-3:30pm. Participants are expected to bring a mature, vigorous tree with good potential (bring a second tree in case there is only minimal work to be done on your first choice), bonsai tools and wire. Bonsai Northwest has a wide selection of trees available if you wish to purchase one for the workshop. The cost per participant is $75. Silent observers are welcome at a cost of $15. 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 are interested in participating, please contact our workshop coordinator, Lynn. Payment by credit card is available, just ask Lynn.