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. The 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.


July 20, 2014 - Annual PSBA member potluck

Just a reminder that the annual member potluck is almost around the corner. It a time to meet old bonsai friends and make new friends, savor great food prepared  by some really good cooks, and shop for all kinds of bonsai related items at our bazaar. 

The potluck runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday July 20 at the Center for Urban Horticulture in our usual meeting room.

Remember this is potluck so please bring a dish that corresponds to your last name per the list below:

A-F  Hot dish
G-K  Dessert
L-R  Appetizer
S-Z  Salad

Looking forward to seeing you!


June 23, 2014 - Greg Brenden and the Idea of Kusamono

Summary of June 23, 2014 meeting: Moss and violets, rusted tuna cans and railroad hardware. At PSBA's June general meeting, Greg Brenden shared his passion for kusamono, a companion art to the art of bonsai. Kusamono simply defined are potted arrangements of wild grasses or flowers in unique pots or trays. Creating kusamono is a bit like painting, using a palette of colors and textures, then framing the composition with a compatible container. His demonstrations ranged from lava rock to a piece of blue-green glass from an electrical transformer.

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June 7, 2014 - 9th Annual PSBA Bonsai Auction


Summary of 2014 PSBA Bonsai Auction: The ninth annual PSBA bonsai auction turned out to be the best ever, attracting bidders from all over the region. Connoisseurs seized the opportunity to see and bid on extraordinary trees from some of the oldest, deepest collections in the Pacific Northwest.  Lucky bidders found affordable offerings in both live and silent auctions. Still others, drawn by curiosity, found themselves with paddle in hand, getting into the spirit. Everything sold, and everyone went home happy. 

The majority of each item's selling price goes to the seller. PSBA's commission covers auction expenses and serves as a fundraiser for club activities. 

The PSBA auction is always the first Saturday in June. See you next year! 


May 3 and 4, 2014 - Annual Spring Show

    Summary of 2014 Spring Show: May showers couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of attendees at PSBA's spring show at the Pacific Rim Collection. Visitors enjoyed displays of both trees and viewing stones, while the occasional puddle was perfect for stomping, according to show co-chair Pat Negron. Starter trees and handmade pots sold briskly. See you next year!


April 28, 2014 - Bonsai trailblazer - Kathy Shaner

Summary of April 28, 2014 meeting: Bonsai trailblazer Kathy Shaner was the guest speaker to a packed house at PSBA's April general meeting. Kathy shared tips, techniques, and her own philosophy of bonsai.

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