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
Saturday
Mar212015

PSBA Annual Spring Show - May 2-3, 2015

The Spring Show was held May 2-3 at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Thanks to all those members who exhibited trees and for the volunteers who help set up, break down and the docents. The show was well attended with over 300 people on Saturday and nearly that many Sunday. Special thanks to Pat Negron for organizing a beautiful and successful show.

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Thursday
Feb262015

April 3 - May 3, 2015 - Viewing Stones VI Exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Viewing Stone Interest Group held their Stone Images VI exhibit from April 3 through May 3 at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. All stones in the show were of North American origin and had not been exhibited in a previous Stone Images show. Stones included in the show were judged by an expert group consisting of David De Groot, the retired founding curator of the museum; Aarin Packard, museum curator; and Joel Schwarz, one of the founders of the Viewing Stone Interest Group.

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Thursday
Feb262015

March 23, 2015 - Arthur Joura lecture - "Naturalism and American Bonsai"

There is much conversation lately about American bonsai. This talk ranges from people who deny that such a thing exists, to people who talk as if the idea is something new and they just invented it. Arthur Joura, bonsai curator of the North Carolina Arboretum, is certain that American bonsai exists because the public collection he manages is entirely American. It is American in its origins, its philosophy and its presentation. But Arthur does not think the concept of American bonsai is anything new. Rather, he believes it is an idea that originated a long time ago but is still in the process of being defined, and is in need of better understanding by the very audience that should be most attracted to it. At this well-attended meeting, PSBA members were treated to an inspiring talk encouraging members to expand their thinking about American bonsai, the incorporation of Naturalism into American bonsai and how these concepts might influence their own collections. This visit to PSBA was Arthur's first foray into the west coast bonsai scene. Thanks to all those who came out in force and gave Arthur a warm welcome to the world of west coast bonsai!

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Sunday
Feb152015

Now is the Time - February 2015 by Ken Wassum

Here's the first entry for 2015 from Ken Wassum's series, Now is the Time - It has been a warmer than usual winter and time is drawing short to complete repotting. Buds are swelling on maples, elms and other deciduous trees, and once they get to a certain point it is best to wait until the next year to repot. For this reason it is best to start repotting with deciduous trees, followed evergreens. Chinese junipers usually the most forgiving and can be done last.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

February 23, 2015 - Three Bonsai Artists - Round Table Demonstrations

At our Feb 23 meeting we presentied three artisans who brought you information you will not find elsewhere. There was a time when teaching bonsai was constrained - you had to be an associate or student to learn its secrets. This program breaks through all those restrictive approaches by providing you access to artists who are experienced and willing to share. Vickie Ridgeway demonstrated how to prepare your tree for a show, Eric Ridgeway showed us how to transform a shiny, new pot into a unique piece full of character that will enhance the beauty of your trees and Dan Robinson showed us the technique of air-layering which will allow you to create new trees from existing ones in your collection or even in your yard.

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