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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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


Happy Holidays from PSBA!!!

Hello. We are currently on holiday hiatus. Please check back in 2017 for upcoming events. Don't forget to keep your outdoor bonsai protected during extremely harsh winter weather events. Happy Holidays!


November 28, 2016 - General Meeting with guest artist John Muth

We are pleased to announce John Muth as our guest artist for the Monday November 28th general meeting! John will be conducting a demonstration from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

John Muth has been a key figure in the Seattle bonsai community and the greater Pacific Northwest bonsai community for several decades. John is best known as the proprietor of Bonsai Northwest, the largest and most comprehensive bonsai nursery in Washington State. Part of a relatively small class of second-generation American bonsai artists, John became involved in the world of bonsai at an unusually young age. In the early-mid seventies, when John was just nine years old, his late mother Sharon Muth began making pots for her personal use and then for sale to local club members. As a teenager, John helped her make countless bonsai pots that eventually made their way all across the country. In 1985, Sharon founded Bonsai Northwest and began doing pottery and bonsai full time. The nursery steadily grew over the years, and in 2000 John officially joined the business. He began importing trees from Japan as well as pottery from China, Japan and Korea. John also began collecting yamadori from the wild and field-growing large quantities of stock. Since then, John has taken over Bonsai Northwest and continued to build his reputation as a highly skilled grower of pre-bonsai. John works on a variety of trees and styles, teaches classes, and is in demand as a speaker at regional clubs for his knowledge, skills, and humor. Over the years John has taught hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people the art of bonsai.  He is a natural teacher with a relaxed and straightforward approach. On a constant quest to expand his knowledge and improve his bonsai, John is also a student. In recent years he has worked with internationally recognized artists Michael Hagedorn, Ryan Neil and Boon Manakitivipart to push his bonsai to the next level.

John will be conducting a demonstration for the PSBA on one of his field-grown cedars. The "finished" tree will be raffled off to a lucky winner! We look forward to seeing you on Monday November 28th at 7:00pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture!


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.