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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.


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

We are pleased to announce Mike Pistello as our guest artist for the April 25th general meeting! We look forward to seeing you on Monday April 25th at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. 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 will be conducting a workshop on Sunday April 24th. This is a great opportunity for hands-on learning with an expert. If you wish to take part, please contact workshop chair Lynn Paietta.

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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 will be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum on Sat. and Sun. Apr. 23 & 24 from 10 am - 4 pm, both days. We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, break-down, to act as docents and to help with the sale table. All members, including new members, are welcome to come out and lend a hand. This is a great opportunity to learn more about bonsai, to engage the public and perhaps welcome potential new members, to interact with your fellow bonsai enthusiasts and to show off your trees that you have worked so hard to develop. In addition, the annual viewing stones show at PBM, which begins on Sat Mar. 26, will overlap with the Spring Show, so volunteers will have a chance to see the beautiful stones and custom-made display stands from the PSBA Suiseki Interest Group. The Spring Show set-up will be on Friday Apr. 22 from 1-4 pm. Trees for the exhibit should be delivered on Saturday morning, Apr. 23 from 8-9:30 am. Trees must be picked up promptly at 4 pm on Sunday Apr. 24 when the exhibit closes. Information about preparing trees for the show is detailed below. Break-down will also be at 4 pm on Sunday. We would also like to have some informal demonstrations during the show. Members who have a tree that they could work on are asked to volunteer to bring it and spend an hour or two during the show working on it. This is a great way to generate interest and for newer members and the visiting public to see bonsai artistry in action. Sign-up sheets will be circulated at the Mar. 28 General Meeting, but anyone interested in volunteering or exhibiting trees are kindly asked to send a message to this year’s Spring Show Chair, Mark Epping-Jordan indicating when they would like to volunteer so we can start filling tree and volunteer slots right away. Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered. We look forward to seeing as many trees and volunteers as possible to make this year’s show a success!

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March 26 - April 24 - Stone Images VII at Pacific Bonsai Museum

Viewing stones, large and small, collected by PSBA members in Washington State rivers will go on display at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way starting March 26 in the Viewing Stone Interest Group’s annual exhibit. The show will run from March 26 to April 24 with the final two days being held in conjunction with PSBA’s spring show. The show, Stone Images VII, is the seventh annual exhibit staged by the group at the museum and the group’s 10th show since it was founded in 2006. The Viewing Stone Interest Group is a study group affiliated with PSBA. Viewing stones have a long tradition in Asia where they are called suiseki in Japan, gongshi in China and suseok in Korea. The stones are often displayed with bonsai but also can be exhibited by themselves. This year’s exhibit features a number of stones collected in 2015 when record low water levels caused by last year’s drought exposed river stones that had not been exposed for decades. Stone Images VII features stones from the collections of Rick Klauber, Patrick Metiva, Edd Kuehn, Kathy Blanchard, Joel Schwarz and Dick Benbow. Many of the stones are displayed in daizas, or wooden bases, carved by group members. Individuals who would like to learn more about viewing stones or join the stone group, which goes on collecting trips, may contact Joel Schwarz.

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