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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October General Meeting with guest artist Aarin Packard from PBM

Our general meeting this month will be held on October 24th. Our guest artist is Aarin Packard, curator at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Join us Monday night at 7:00PM at the Center for Urban Horticulture near the University of Washington.


2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention - Olympia, WA - October 13-16, 2016

The clock is ticking, people! It’s just a few weeks until the convention.

Last Chance for Workshops!

You may still be able to take advantage of workshop openings with our guest artists:

Cypress or Douglas Fir with Matt Reel (Portland)

Yews, cotoneasters, maples with Boon Manakitivipart (California)

Shimpaku juniper with John Muth (Seattle)

Work on your own tree with Suthin Sukosolvisit (Boston) or Daisaku Nomoto (Japan)

Don’t delay – sign up today!


Last Chance for the Hotel!

The original block of hotel rooms for the convention is already fully booked, but Hotel RL Olympia has set aside an additional 10 rooms for convention registrants.  Rooms will be held until September 23.  Make your reservation directly with the hotel; be sure to use the promo code PSBA1013.  


Top Ten Reasons to Attend the PNBCA Convention in Olympia!

Just a reminder, here’s why you should absolutely earmark a few days and a few hundred bucks to attend this year’s PNBCA Bonsai Convention in Olympia, October 13-16, 2016.

1. Guest artist workshops. A total of 14 workshops with eight priced at $100 or less. Guest artists from out of state and even a visiting artist from Japan. 

All of the following are included in the $255 cost of registration (workshops, critiques and hotel additional).

2. Demos and lectures.  Multiple demos and lectures each day.

3. Vendor Marketplace.  A wealth of bonsai-related materials for sale, often with special convention discounts.

4. Bonsai displays.  Some of the best trees from our region and beyond.

5. Raffles. “I got my favorite tree at my very first convention in a raffle.”

6. Auctions.  Another chance to obtain great trees and bonsai items.

7. Kindred spirits.  Connect with people you already know, and make new friends and connections.

8. Olympia.  An easy road trip to a great little city, ideally placed for access from all points of the compass.  Bring your honey and make it a getaway.

9. Great food that you don't have to cook.  Enjoy breakfast and dinner with some of your new favorite bonsai people.

10.  Support PSBA.  The convention represents a substantial investment of time and money by PSBA, your local club.  Show your support by participating in the convention.

The PNBCA convention moves around the region and is now a biennial event, so it likely won’t be back in the Puget Sound area for years to come.  This is your chance!  Gather up some bonsai buddies, come out to enjoy the convention and support your club.  Don’t delay – sign up today!


September 26, 2016 - Jonas Dupuich - Bonsai Display Presentation

We are pleased to announce Jonas Dupuich as our guest artist for the September 26th general meeting! Jonas will be conducting a presentation on bonsai display from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. As usual, our meeting will be taking place in the main (NHS) hall and there will be plenty of free parking available. If you need directions, please click HERE.

Jonas Dupuich is a Northern California bonsai artist who began his bonsai journey over twenty years ago when he befriended Boon Manakitivipart. Boon is undoubtedly one of the most respected and accomplished bonsai teachers in America. The two encountered each other in 1993 while Jonas was working at the retail nursery his family owned in Alameda, CA. While the ins and outs of bonsai were unknown to Jonas at the time, he was familiar with basic horticulture, as plants had been a part of his life from a young age. He'd been surrounded by bonsai in his parents' garden before he was old enough to know what they were. By the winter of 1994, Jonas had joined a local club and was starting pines from seed with Boon based on a pair of articles in Bonsai Today magazine. Four years later he would become one of the five founding members of Bay Island Bonsai.

In addition to studying with Boon, Jonas has also worked with Japanese professionals Akio Kondo and Daisaku Nomoto, both of whom have won the Kokufu-Sho award, the most coveted prize in the bonsai world. In 2011, Jonas spent two months immersed in the world of Japanese bonsai at the famous Aichi-en nursery in Nagoya, run by fourth generation artist and grower Junichiro Tanaka. During that time, he worked on trees in Tanaka's collection and participated in various high-level exhibitions including GomangokuMeifu-tenTaikan-ten and Sakufu-ten.   

What began as hobby for Jonas has now grown into a full-time profession and he is establishing a name for himself as a purveyor of bonsai tools, supplies and growing media. His business, Bonsai Tonight, is also the name of his online blog, for which he is perhaps best known. Since launching the blog in 2009, Jonas has published over 700 articles on it, all of which are available for free. Bonsai Tonight is widely regarded as one of the best English language bonsai blogs, if not the best. Jonas releases new posts every Tuesday and Friday on a wide variety of topics including care, propagation, development, and styling and shares galleries of various shows in the US and Japan. According to Jonas, his "primary aim in bonsai is to help as many people as possible appreciate good bonsai" and Bonsai Tonight certainly lives up to this goal. To see some of Jonas's trees and read a few of his excellent articles, click HERE.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday September 26th at 7:00pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture! 

Jonas with a Japanese Black Pine he wired at Shimpukuji Temple in Okazaki


2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention - Olympia, WA - October 13-16, 2016

Convention Prizes and Awards

And you thought the Olympics were exciting! Here’s the lineup of prizes that will be awarded to convention exhibitors as part of the Saturday night banquet (included in full registration).

Best in Show

The winner of this award will receive $100 and the chance to dig a tree of their choice from Oregon’s Telperion Farms.


Runner-up Best in Show also gets to visit Telperion Farms  and dig a tree of their choice.

Best Conifer

The exhibitor of Best Conifer will win a $500 gift certificate from Bonsai Northwest. 

People’s Choice (In Memory of Sharon Muth)

Official judges don’t get to call all the shots! $200 in cash will be awarded to the exhibit voted People’s Choice in memory of Sharon Muth, founder of Bonsai Northwest and founding member of PSBA.

Best Shohin

The little guys have a prize of their own! The winner of Best Shohin will receive a bonsai pot.

Don’t delay – register today!


It’s All About the Trees! 2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention - Olympia, WA - October 13-16, 2016

Lining up the dollars

Bonsai lovers, it’s time to get serious about registering for the convention. Workshops and critiques are filling up and you need to sign up before it’s too late.

Here’s a helpful breakdown of what it’ll likely cost you to attend the convention.

Full registration for one person:  $255
Includes demos, workshop observer, exhibit, lectures, marketplace, breakfasts and dinners

Hotel (3 nights) estimated:  $300

Raffles (allowance):  $100

Vendor marketplace (allowance):  $100

1 critique per day:  $  70


That adds up to $825. Now, throw in a workshop registration every day.

Spots still available as of August 30 in the following: #2 Matt Reel/cypress;  #3 Boon/yew;  #4 Suthin/bring your own;  #5A Reel/Douglas fir;  #7 Boon/cotoneasters;  #12 Boon/maples;  #13 Muth/juniper;  #14 Nomoto/ bring your own

Most expensive combo:  $715

Least expensive combo:  $155

Remember that workshop instructors are coming from Portland, San Francisco, Boston and Japan. Just the airfare to those four places would run you at least $1500 (we checked). The convention is bringing them all to Olympia for you!

All told, you’ll spend somewhere between a thousand and fifteen hundred dollars for a weekend of bonsai immersion. You’ll come home energized and inspired, with an armload of bonsai stuff and a bunch of new friends.

Of course, the cheapest option is to stay home, wash out your empty bonsai pots, alphabetize your fertilizer, eat ramen noodles for dinner, and go to bed early. Don’t be that person! Join us in Olympia for professional workshops by visiting artists, a beautiful exhibit, a lively marketplace, fine food, and great company! Register today!


September 3-4, 2016 - PSBA at Japan Fair 2016

The PSBA is proud to be an exhibitor at the inaugural Japan Fair, presented by the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association. Japan Fair 2016 is the successor to the highly popular Aki Matsuri festival, at which the PSBA display had proven a perennial favorite among visitors over the past decade. We will have a large booth where visitors can enjoy the beauty of our members' bonsai, including a special display of mame (mini) bonsai and suiseki (viewing stones). The two day celebration of Japanese culture will take place at Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue on Saturday Sep. 3rd (10am-6pm) and Sunday Sep. 4th (10am-5pm). Admission and parking are free. We invite anyone on the Eastside or in the greater Seattle area that might be interested in bonsai to stop by! For more information please visit

~If you are a PSBA member and would like to volunteer as a docent or to help with setup and/or takedown, please contact Josef Leibfried~