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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October 12 & 19, 2014 - New Member Workshop: Design & Introduction to Wiring

Two new member workshops, headed by Elsa Durham, were held on October 12 & 19 at Bonsai Northwest. New members developed a design with guidance from Elsa and pruned, wired and took home their new tree.  As usual, all materials were included in the workshop.  Next spring, new members who participated in these workshops will have the opportunity to attend a workshop to repot their new tree.  Details will be publicized as the date approaches.


September 21-22, 2014 - Ted Matson Shohin Workshop and Demonstration

Ted Matson, a master of shohin bonsai (trees no taller than 10-11 inches), returned to visit PSBA to conduct a shohin workshop on Sunday, Sept. 21. At our regular meeting on Monday Sept. 22, he also demonstrated his method for developing a bonsai based on the principles of design that he uses for all his trees. Mr. Matson created a beautiful semi-cascade juniper with techniques both bold and delicate. A real inspiration for us all. About Ted Matson: BONSAI AS FINE ART

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September 6-7, 2014 - Aki Matsuri Festival


Summary of Aki Matsuri: We had another successful weekend at the Aki Matsuri festival.  People were backed up waiting to get into the display when it opened on Saturday morning and it was busy both days.  We had 9 students in the workshop and made over $1,000 between the workshop and bonsai sales.  We also signed up several new members.  The backdrops on loan from the Pacific Bonsai Museum (fomerly Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection) and the new navy blue tablecloths made the bonsai trees look their best.  Thanks to the setup and and take down teams, members who loaned their trees, stones and companion plants, the docents, Elsa, Howard and Sally who ran the workshop and especially to Lynn who did a fantastic job organizing the event.


July 20, 2014 - Annual PSBA member potluck

This year's potluck was attended by about half of the members in the club. There was more than enough good food to go around. The desserts were the best part!

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June 23, 2014 - Greg Brenden and the Idea of Kusamono

Summary of June 23, 2014 meeting: Moss and violets, rusted tuna cans and railroad hardware. At PSBA's June general meeting, Greg Brenden shared his passion for kusamono, a companion art to the art of bonsai. Kusamono simply defined are potted arrangements of wild grasses or flowers in unique pots or trays. Creating kusamono is a bit like painting, using a palette of colors and textures, then framing the composition with a compatible container. His demonstrations ranged from lava rock to a piece of blue-green glass from an electrical transformer.

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