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.

PSBA Sponsors


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.


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