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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September General Meeting and Guest Artist Workshop with Jonas Dupuich

 Bring a Tree Constructive Critique with Guest Artist Jonas Dupuich

Our September 25th general meeting will be an interactive critique where members have an opportunity to bring in trees for suggestions and constructive criticism by bonsai professional Jonas Dupuich. Please see the post below for Jonas's bio if you haven't already. Our guest artist will provide suggestions on improving the health of your tree, applying an initial design, reworking established bonsai, refining for show, etc. Those who wish may even bring tools and wire if they care to make some of the suggested changes on the spot. The better the material, the more Jonas will have to discuss but we welcome pre-bonsai, raw material, and yamadori as well. This is a great opportunity to receive advice and insight on any tree(s) you've struggled with or aren't sure how to take to the next level. It's also an important time of year to be thinking about work on pines, so those with any questions on pine care or maintenance are welcome to bring them. 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!


Jonas Dupuich is a Northern California bonsai professional who began his bonsai journey over twenty years ago when he befriended Boon Manakitivipart. Jonas is the owner of Bonsai Tonight and the author of a blog by the same name. His blog has become the most successful English-language bonsai blog in the world. Created in 2009, it features well over 700 free articles on a wide range of topics with new posts published every Tuesday and Friday.
Jonas is a founding member of Bay Island Bonsai and has studied with Boon for many decades. He has also worked with award-winning Japanese professionals Akio Kondo and Daisaku Nomoto.
In 2011, Jonas spent two months immersed in the world of Japanese bonsai studying with fourth-generation bonsai grower and artist Junichiro Tanaka of Aichi-en nursery. During that time, he worked on trees in Tanaka's collection and participated in various high-level exhibitions including Gomangoku, Meifu-ten, Taikan-ten and Sakufu-ten.
Jonas now travels across the country doing demos and workshops and is widely respected as an excellent teacher.

Jonas will be holding a workshop on Sunday (currently full except for observers), September 24th from 1-4pm at Bonsai Northwest in Tukwila. The workshop is limited to eight PSBA members at a cost of $55.00 each. Participants are expected to bring a mature tree with good potential, their own tools and wire. If you wish to purchase one for the workshop, Bonsai NW has a wide selection of trees available. Silent observers are welcome at a cost of $10.00. This is a great opportunity for those new (or not so new) to bonsai to pay a small price to learn by observing.



Japan Fair is Right Around the Corner

PSBA will be have a bonsai display at Japan Fair again this year. The event will be early this year, July 7-9th at Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue Washington.


Join us on July 16th for our Annual Potluck


Potluck and Bazaar

Date & Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017   1:00-3:30 PM

Location: Center for Urban Horticulture
All PSBA Members and their families are welcome for fun and fellowship! A great opportunity to enjoy the company of the other members in an informal setting. Remember to wear your name badge.
Activities - 1:00 PM
Bazaar: Sell your unwanted trees, pots, tools, books, and keep 100% of the proceeds or you can find you're looking for at great prices.
Appetizers served at :2:00
Main dishes and salads at 2:30
Dessert - to follow
There will be coffee, tea and punch available.
Please bring a dish according to last name:  
A-F.......Main Dish
Please deliver your food contributions no later than 1:30 PM
Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.  Be sure to bring serving utensils for your dish and remember to take your belongings home when you leave.


See you there!!



It's Auction Time

Mark your calendars!


PSBA's annual auction will be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way on Saturday, June 3rd.  Check-in and tree preview at Noon.  Live Auction starts at 1:00 and goes 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 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. Limit 5 items per club member. 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 17th. 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, Saturday 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

 Download the Reminder Flyer here.



PSBA's Spring Show - Mother's Day Weekend at Pacific Bonsai Museum 

Tired of taking mom to the same old brunch spot for Mother’s Day? Fear not! Something uniquely beautiful is on the horizon for Mother's Day weekend. And it's FREE.

Introduce mom and the whole family to bonsai, the art form of growing trees in pots, at the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA) Spring Show. This annual event features a diverse collection of beautifully shaped and artistically presented trees created by PSBA members, and displayed at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, a cultural gem featuring world-class bonsai from around the globe elegantly displayed in a woodland setting.

This is the first year the PSBA Spring Show will take place both on World Bonsai Day (Saturday, May 13, 2017) and Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017). World Bonsai Day is held around the world every second Saturday in May in honor of bonsai master Saburo Kato and his belief that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace.

"We're dedicated to educating people in the art and culture of bonsai," said Edd Kuehn, President of the PSBA. "This year, we're especially excited to have the chance to introduce many more people to bonsai by hosting our Spring Show on World Bonsai Day and Mother's Day."

Moms, dads, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and people of all ages will have the opportunity to view and vote for their favorite tree in PSBA's Spring Show, as well as stroll through the Pacific Bonsai Museum's world-renowned collection of trees.

The Spring Show takes place 10 AM - 4 PM on May 13-14, 2017 at the Pacific Bonsai Museum at 2515 S. 336th St. in Federal Way, WA, 98003 (just a 30-35 minute drive from downtown Seattle). The show is free and open to the public. The Pacific Bonsai Museum is admission by donation. For more info about the location, visit


This event is being cosponsored by Swanson's Nursery.