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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March 27, 2017 - David De Groot - Bonsai Display and Show Prep Demonstration

We are pleased to announce David De Groot as our guest artist for the Monday March 27th general meeting! The meeting will take place from 7:00pm to approximately 9:30pm in the Douglas Classroom at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. David will be covering bonsai display and show prep in anticipation of our annual spring show on Mother's Day weekend. If you have a show-worthy tree, you are welcome to bring it and (if time allows) Dave will discuss how it might be best prepared/displayed. 

David De Groot is an award-winning bonsai artist that served for 25 years as curator of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (now Pacific Bonsai Museum) in Federal Way, WA. He has been studying, practicing and writing about bonsai since 1972. David studied bonsai in Japan with master Yasuo Mitsuya and has also studied satsuki (azaleas) with Tatemori Gondo and Hayata Nakayama. In addition, he has studied the art of bonsai display with Uhaku Sudo. Sudo is a second generation master of the Keido school of bonsai display. David's educational journal articles have been published throughout the U.S. and in eight other countries. He is the author of two highly regarded and often recommended books: Basic Bonsai Design and Principles of Bonsai Design. Both are published by and available from the American Bonsai Society. In addition to presenting programs across the U.S., David has taught in Brazil, Canada, China, England, South Africa and Venezuela. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn from one of the best!


February 26 & 27, 2017 - Workshop and General Meeting Demo with Owen Reich

We are pleased to announce Owen Reich as our guest artist for the Monday February 27th general meeting! The meeting will take place from 7:00 to 9:30pm in the Douglas Classroom at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Space is still available in Owen's workshop on Sunday Feb 26. If you're interested in experiencing hands-on instruction from a nationally recognized professional, please contact workshop chair Lynn Paietta  

Owen Reich is a full-time bonsai professional and owner of Bonsai Unearthed ( A native of Georgia and resident of Tennessee, Owen has spent a great deal of time in the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains and has a passion for deciduous and broadleaf evergreen species. Since he was old enough to work, Owen has been involved in the green industry and has participated in internship programs at the famous Iseli nursery in Boring, OR and a retail garden center in Athens, GA. Owen holds a degree in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia and after graduation spent 5 years as the nursery manager of Samara Farms, one of the largest nurseries in the Southeastern US. Owen spent two years as a formal apprentice at Fujikawa Kouka-en in Ikeda City, Japan. Fujikawa Kouka-en is regarded as the top bonsai nursery in the Kansai region and specializes in the highest quality bonsai. His sensei, Keiichi Fujikawa, is a second generation bonsai artist and has exhibited at the Kokufu-ten and Taikan-ten shows for the past 21 years. Owen travels to Japan on a regular basis to continue his studies and to help others learn more about the world of Japanese bonsai. Owen is particularly fond of maples, fruiting tress and winter flowering bonsai and also has a love for rare and unusual species. Of his teaching style, Owen says the following: "The best way to describe my teaching style is laid back and practical. There are many gray areas when learning about bonsai, but navigating these murky waters is possible. The most important thing when working with bonsai is that this activity should be fun. While styling and caring for exhibition quality collections is something I’m capable of, some people just want to improve their skill sets without all the pomp and circumstance. An ideal end to any workshop I lead involves a room full of students worn out from information overload, not guessing what the next step is for their bonsai."


PSBA Member Honored by Japan

Long-time PSBA member Tom Brooke has been honored by the government of Japan for his work in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. Late last year he was awarded the Imperial Decoration: Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays and will be honored Feb. 9 at private reception at the residence of Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura in Seattle. The award cited Brooke's significant contributions in introducing Japanese culture in Washington state.

Brooke was a founder of Aki Matsuri, a Japanese cultural festival held at Bellevue College for 20-some years and invited PSBA to participate in the event where the club staged bonsai displays and held workshops to teach the basics of bonsai.  The event became a prime recruiting tool for the club and many current PSBA members were first exposed to bonsai at Aki Matsuri.  


February 19 and March 27, 2017 - Get-Your-Tree-Ready Spring Show Workshops with Dave DeGroot

       The Spring Bonsai Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, 2017 at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way.
       We need your trees!  Please look over your trees and pick one or two to submit to the Spring Show. We want trees at all levels.  You do not need to be a pro to have a tree in the Spring Show.  In fact, we'd love to feature trees from all levels of artists in order to show the breadth of our membership and encourage more people to join PSBA.
       New this year, PSBA is offering two opportunities for you to get your trees ready for the show.  World renowned bonsai artist David DeGroot will host a Get-Your-Tree-Ready workshop on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 1-4 PM at Bonsai Northwest. David will discuss how to prep your bonsai for shows, including pot and stand selection. To RSVP for this workshop, email Kyle Funakoshi here.
       Can't make it to that workshop?  No worries.  Mark your calendar for the PSBA general meeting on Monday, March 27, from 7-10 PM at CUH.  March's meeting will be devoted to how to prepare your bonsai for a show.  Come to the meeting and please consider entering your tree in the show.  Even if you are not submitting a tree to the 2017 Spring Show, come to watch and learn about prepping your trees for next year's show!

Let's make this year's Spring Show the best ever!!

Stone Images VIII at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

Stone Images VIII will be coming to the Pacific Bonsai Museum soon and it promises to be an all-star show.

The display staged by the Viewing Stone Study Group, which is part of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association, will run from February 16 through March 27 in the pavilion at the museum.  This year’s show will feature the “best” stones exhibited at one of the previous seven shows staged by the group at the museum.  Only stones that were selected for one of the previous shows are eligible for consideration by a panel of three judges. The judges will select approximately 20 stones or shelves (display stands that hold a number of small viewing stones) in late January for the show.

The museum is located in Federal Way and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.

The Viewing Stone Study Group was founded in 2007 to foster the appreciation of viewing stones, which are often exhibited with bonsai, as an art form.  The group conducts a number of collecting trips annually to Washington rivers and streams.  For more information about the group contact Joel