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The Puget Sound Bonsai Association was formed in 1973 and 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. 


June 4, 2016 - 11th Annual PSBA Bonsai Tree and Suiseki Auction

Please keep your calendar open for the 11th ANNUAL PSBA BONSAI TREE AND SUISEKI AUCTION~~SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016. 

PSBA's 11th annual auction will again be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way Saturday, June 4 from noon to about 4 pm.  We will need lots of helpful volunteers to make this happen.


New this year:

This year there will be a $5.00 fee per bidder/seller paddle.

All proceeds from the paddle fee will go to help support the Pacific Bonsai Museum, and the care of the beautiful trees in their collection.

Planning Information:

  1. 1. For the Silent Auction. Please consider making a donation of a bonsai related items to the club for inclusion in the silent auction and all sales proceeds will be donated to the club. Alternatively, you may also submit items to the silent auction with 10% of the proceeds going to PSBA as a donation. There will be no charge for reserves that are not met in the silent auction, however, we are limiting silent auction reserves to less than $100 per item.

If you have silent auction items, you can bring them on the day of the auction, but please arrive early, you will need to fill out an auction slip for each of your items with a description of the item, the reserve price if applicable (minimum bid), buy-it-now price if applicable, and seller id (paddle number) and give to the silent auction intake person.

  1. 2.  For the Live Auction. We need about 70 trees and no more than 5 viewing stones for the live auction. This year we are accepting no more than 5 items per club member for the live auction. Please note that 10% of the final auction price will be retained by the club as a donation. This is much lower than most auctions. Again, while you may set a reserve price for your tree, you will need to make a $15 donation to the club if your tree or stone does not meet the reserve price.

Those of you who wish to submit trees for the live auction may do so by e-mailing Jason Eider at (

Please also submit photos of your item with a short description of the tree, including any outstanding characteristics, such as age, where collected, how long in bonsai training, pot, etc. Please do so before May 15th.  Please note that the live auction may fill up before May 15th, so provide early notice to ensure inclusion of your trees in the live auction.

You can contact Jason @ with any questions.


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

Featured artist: Daisaku Nomoto

We are thrilled to welcome Japanese bonsai artist Daisaku Nomoto on his first visit to the Pacific Northwest.  From Miyazaki City, on the Southern island of Kushu, Japan, Daisaku-san comes from a bonsai family. After only four years’ apprenticeship with bonsai master Kihachiro Kamiya, Daisaku had a client’s white pine accepted into Koku-Fu, the most important bonsai show in the world. He then went on to win the prestigious Koku-Fu Prize in 2004 with a Japanese Black Pine. In 2005, Daisaku opened his own bonsai garden Nomoto Chinshoen and now works with private clients and bonsai customers, and exhibits in premier bonsai shows throughout Japan.

For more on Daisaku’s work, see Jonas Dupuich excellent blog:

To catch Daisaku and others, register now at the convention website.   Remember, workshop priority goes to Early Bird Full registrants and then to other Full registrants. 


Stone collecting trip

Mid-October is peak leaf season in the Puget Sound region. With rivers at low levels before the rains, it’s a great time to play rock hound for a day. Get out there in the beautiful Northwest scenery and search for suiseki amid the dizzying variety of stones carried downriver by last winter’s storms. The Puget Sound Bonsai Association Viewing Stone Interest Group will host this one-of-a-kind stone hunting expedition. Find out more at the convention website.

Early Bird Deadline approaches

The early bird deadline for convention registration is only 2 weeks away (June 1, 2016) and our guest artist workshops are beginning to fill up. Don’t delay, register now to be sure of a workshop spot. Remember, workshop priority goes to Early Bird Full registrants and then to other Full registrants. Early birds also get a free convention tote bag ($20 value). 


April 24 & 25, 2016 - Mike Pistello Workshop and Demonstration

We were fortunate to welcome Mike Pistello as our guest artist for the April 25th general meeting. Mike Pistello began practicing bonsai twenty-three years ago at just thirteen years old. His grandfather had begun cultivating bonsai in the early Seventies after attending the Fuji Bonsai Club's first-ever show, and he introduced Mike to the art. Mike is a member of the Bay Area Bonsai Associates and the East Bay Bonsai Club. He has conducted workshops at the Golden State Bonsai Federation in Sacramento and also volunteers at the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. There, he has been entrusted as the custodian of a special juniper styled by the legendary Masahiko Kimura in 1987 during his first visit to the United States. Mike has performed demonstrations for many clubs throughout the Bay Area and enjoys teaching bonsai as often as his schedule allows. Mike also conducted a workshop on Sunday April 24th. All the attendees were very happy with the workshop.

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In Memory of Genieve Enright

Former PSBA president and vice president Genieve Enright passed away on April 18 after a long illness. She was 98.

She and her late husband Jack Enright were long-time members of PSBA and both were accomplished bonsai artists. One of Genieve’s trees, a semi-cascade ponderosa pine, received the prestigious Ben Oki design from Bonsai Clubs International in 1992 and was featured on the cover of the organization’s magazine later that year.

For more than two decades the Enright’s also hosted a study group affiliated with PSBA in the basement of their Tacoma home. Their backyard was filled with benches and a small greenhouse covered with a superb bonsai collection. Many of those trees were sold in the last five years at PSBA’s annual auction. Genieve once said the two loves in her life were her husband and bonsai.

Aside from her bonsai skills, she was a gourmet cook, mother and grandmother, hostess and friend. She is survived by three children, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The family requests that any remembrances be made to PSBA at PO Box 15437, Seattle, WA 98115-0437.

Funeral services for her are scheduled on April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, 5212 70th St. W, Tacoma, 98467.


April 23 - 24, 2016 - Annual PSBA Spring Show at Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Annual PSBA Spring Show was held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum on Sat. and Sun. Apr. 23 & 24. In addition, the annual viewing stones show at PBM overlapped with the Spring Show, visitors had a chance to see the beautiful stones and custom-made display stands from the PSBA Suiseki Interest Group. The show was a great success with strong attendance by both the general public and PSBA members. This year’s Spring Show Chair, Mark Epping-Jordan would like to thank all of those who showed trees, volunteered and attended the show. Special thanks goes to David DeGroot for his beautiful arrangement of the show. Finally, thanks to the staff at Pacific Bonsai Museum for all their help.

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