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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Mike Pistello Demonstration on a Juniper at the November General Meeting

Here's a photo of Mike, his demo Juniper and the winner of the tree as raffle prize. Thanks, Mike, for the wonderful demonstration.

At the meeting, our annual business meeting, we voted in Josef Leibfried as PSBA President, Tony Fajarillo as Vice President, a new treasurer and three new board members. Thanks to all for your commitment!

And, a special thanks to Edd Kuehn our new past President for all your hard work over the last two years!


Nov. 26th & 27th - Guest Artist Mike Pistello Puts on a Workshop and Demonstration

We are pleased to announce Mike Pistello as our guest artist for the November 27th general meeting.

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PSBA 2018 Membership Dues Are Due Before January 1st

PSBA members are reminded that 2018 dues are due by December 31st, 2017. 

For the first time in many years, dues have been increased to $50 per individual and $70 per couple/family.  By renewing prior to December 31st, save $10 and pay only $40 per individual or $60 per couple/family. 
The dues increase was discussed and approved by the entire board, with the following in mind:

- Rental rates at the Center for Urban Horticulture have increased 78% since 2015. 

- Travel costs and fees have increased for guest artists. 

- Aki Matsuri has been replaced by Japan Fair, which offers excellent exposure but at increased cost, with no opportunity for paid workshops or tree sales.

- Membership dues cover less than 50% of our operating costs, with the remainder coming from our annual auction and miscellaneous revenue such as raffles. 

The board works hard to control costs and balance the annual operating budget. VP Josef Leibfried has looked at alternative venues but so far has not found the same combination of accessibility, parking, facilities and staff support offered by CUH.  Josef has worked to contain cost increases by targeting West Coast artists where possible and re-introducing a "member roundtable" format for at least one meeting per year. Lynn Paietta's campaign to increase participation in guest-artist workshops has helped offset workshop costs.

Meanwhile, the board continues working for the future. 2017 saw the reinvention of the Spring Show under the leadership of Kyle Funakoshi. With the help of Edd Kuehn, Tony Fajarillo and Mark Epping-Jordan, we have invested in new exhibit stands that are easier to handle and will be reused over and over again at future events. The annual auction chaired by Aaron Pollock maintained its upward revenue trend. Thanks to the financial success of the 2016 PSBA Convention led by Linda Breeden and Doug Bradley, PSBA has for the first time established a convention savings account to grubstake our next major event. 

Be a part of our ongoing success by renewing your membership. Cash and check payments will be accepted at the upcoming General Meeting Monday November 27th. Or, renew online today. Click on the Join/Renew tab, and follow the prompts through our simple and secure payment system.

Thank you for your support of PSBA!


In Memoriam Glenn Gardner

Past PSBA President Glenn Gardner passed away in early August 2017 following an accidental fall. He was 88.

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Oct. 22 & 23 Workshop and Demo by Guest Artist Tyler Sherrod

We are pleased to announce Tyler Sherrod as our guest artist for the October 23rd general meeting! Tyler is our highest-profile guest artist of 2017 and it is an honor to have him visit the PSBA. A native of Hickory, North Carolina, Tyler is one of the most talented and promising young artists to return from Japan in recent years. He first became interested in bonsai while at the University of Tennessee and after graduating began working at the Bonsai Learning Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2009, after spending a year there, he started attending Boon Manakitivipart's famous Intensives. In 2011, Boon assisted Tyler in securing an apprenticeship with Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan. Mr. Suzuki is widely regarded as one of the best bonsai artists working today. Tyler spent five years studying in Japan and received his professional certification from the Nippon Bonsai Association in the Spring of 2016. During his apprenticeship, he was responsible for refining both deciduous and conifer bonsai and preparing them for exhibit in the Kokufu-tenTaikan-ten and Sakufu-ten, the three premier bonsai shows in the world. Several of the trees Tyler worked on received top awards. Tyler returned to North Carolina in June of last year to establish his nursery, Dogwood Studios. Since then he has been traveling across the United States and to countries like Germany to perform demonstrations and teach. Tyler wants to "celebrate the vast landscape of America" by "capturing the emotions of the changing landscape through bonsai." The meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. We look forward to seeing you there!  

See a journal of his time in Japan at:
Visit his main website at:


Tyler will be conducting a workshop for a limited number of members on Sunday October 22nd at Bonsai Northwest. This is an excellent opportunity for personalized, hands-on instruction from an acclaimed professional and one of a small handful of American practitioners to be certified by the NBA. If you are interested in participating, please contact our workshop coordinator, Lynn Paietta.

 The workshop will run from 11:30am-3:30pm. It is SOLD OUT of participant seats. Participants are expected to bring a mature tree with good potential (bring a second tree in case there is only minimal work to be done on your first choice) and 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.