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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Check out the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous, PNBCA Convention

In case you didn’t know, there's a PNBCA bonsai convention occurring near Portland in September. PNBCA (Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association) member club Bonsai Society of Portland is putting on the 2018 Northwest Bonsai Rendezvous in Milwaukie, Oregon from September 14 – 16. See more details at:


Monday June 25, 7-10 pm - General Meeting with Aarin Packard of the Pacific Bonsai Museum

PSBA's general meeting in June will feature Aarin Packard. Aarin is the Curator of Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, WA.  Aarin received his MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. In 2006 Aarin was hired as the assistant curator of The National Bonsai and Penjing at The U.S. National Arboretum in Washington D.C.  In 2014 Aarin became the curator of Pacific Bonsai Museum.  As curator Aarin oversees the horticultural and artistic care of the bonsai collection while creating new exhibits that honor the tradition of bonsai while advancing the art form in the 21st century.

Elements of Design

In connection with Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2018 exhibition, Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design. Aarin will break down major design elements of bonsai art — line, shape, form, space, and color— exploring each element in detail and how these design elements are used in bonsai.  Aarin will also showcase Pacific Bonsai Museum’s LAB (Living Art of Bonsai), an experimental collaborative for bonsai design innovation.

The project will reimaging traditional bonsai practices by resequencing the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist, and standmaker.



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 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



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!


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.