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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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.


April 24, 2017 - Michael Ryan Bell - Japanese Bonsai Pots

We are pleased to announce Michael Ryan Bell as our guest lecturer for the Monday April 24th general meeting! The meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm in the NHS Hall at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Ryan will be covering bonsai containers and their identification. In lieu of a demo tree, we will have many sundries for the raffle including a fine Japanese container generously donated by Ryan himself. 

Ryan Bell is America's foremost expert on Japanese bonsai pots and also recognized as one of the top experts outside Japan. Ryan has devoted himself to the study of bonsai ceramics since 2011 and now travels across the US to lecture at various clubs and conventions. Ryan's stated mission is to "encourage appreciation of the art of bonsai pottery through accurate information, images, and history." In keeping with this goal, Ryan has developed the premier English-language resource for information on bonsai containers in the form of his website, Ryan's blog is centered around profiles of various potters, all of which feature copious images. He has also compiled the world's largest database of Japanese and Chinese kiln and potter marks relevant to bonsai. This incredible resource is available for free on his website and is constantly expanding and improving. His database currently consists of nearly 800 different marks and ranges from kilns over 200 years old to contemporary potters. Ryan is also in the process of developing a similar database for Western ceramicists. By definition, the pot is an integral part of the art of bonsai. Those who wish to elevate their bonsai to the highest levels must learn to discern high-quality pots from their lesser counterparts. We hope you will join us for an evening of information on this topic!

[photo credit: Eric Schrader] 


PSBA Will Be At Sakura-Con 2017

It’s Sakura-Con Convention time again, April 13 through 16.  For those not familiar with Sakura-Con, it is an Anime Convention with lots of costumes. It is held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Attendees are always interested in the bonsai and want to learn how they are made, from start to show quality.  This is one of the most fun events PSBA participates in and an honor for PSBA to be invited into the convention every year.  Our display will be located in the Art Show area. PSBA members, we need show trees and docents. Contact us about submitting a tree.