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.


September 12 & 13, 2015 - Aki Matsuri Festival at Bellevue College

Aki Matsuri is an annual festival of Japanese arts and culture, organized by the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association on the Bellevue College Campus in Bellevue, WA. PSBA is proud to participate in Aki Matsuri with an exhibit of trees, a workshop, and the sale of some small donated bonsai.  All profits from the workshop and sales go to PSBA.

PSBA's events at the Aki Matsuri Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday Septmber 12 & 13, 2015. We need docents and help with set-up and take-down. New members are invited to docent too, as you already know more about bonsai than 98% of the visitors. Docents are needed for 2 hr shifts from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday. Set-up is on Friday 9/11 starting at 2pm. Take-down starts at 4:30 on Sunday. Please contact Lynn Paietta if you wish to participate.

We will be offering a beginners workshop again this year. The cost for the workshop is $50.00 and includes the tree, pot, supplies and instruction. Workshop participants can sign up by sending an email to Registration will also be taken the morning of the workshop if openings are available. Find more information on the Aki Matsuri website here.  Anyone wishing to donate trees or other small items to sell can contact Lynn.

Hope to see you all there!


Now is the Time: Hot Weather & Bonsai by Ken Wassum

A sustained spell of hot weather has prompted requests for an article on caring for bonsai when the temperature climbs up into the high 80’s and 90’s. What follows is how I take care of my trees when the weather heats up. High temperatures can sometimes be as brutal to the health of bonsai as sub-freezing temperatures can. The recent run of hot weather is unusual in that it has lasted so long. These sustained temps can put a lot of strain on our trees. There are some things that you can do to help your trees endure these temperatures, even thrive in this hot weather.

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July 19, 2015 - Annual PSBA Potluck and Bazaar

The annual PSBA Potluck and Bazaar was held Saturday July 19, 2015 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Thanks to all the PSBA members & their families who attended and brought food to share and items to sell. Hope to see you all again next year!

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June 21 & 22, 2015 - Jim Gremel 2nd Workshop and Demonstration

Jim Gremel is a bonsai artist and an achiever. His trees are universally praised as beautiful and he has thousands of them in various states of progress at his home deep in the redwoods in California. One of his grafted Shimpaku Juniper bonsai won the top prize in the First National Bonsai Exhibit in New York in 2008. And Jim is a popular guy. When his award was announced he received three standing ovations! His classes and demonstrations are sold out wherever he is, whether it is in the West or in the South. From New York to California to Tennessee, when Jim Gremel speaks, people listen. Jim Gremel was chosen for the PSBA artist series because he has the ability to create a bonsai that transports the viewer to a different time and place. The workshops will be held at Bonsai NW with Jim during his series. In keeping with the investment strategy of the artist series, those who sign up are committing to all three workshops. Mark your calendar now for Jim Gremel's artist series. His first demonstration was held on April 27. His second and third demonstrations will be June 22, and November 23 at the Center for Urban Horticulture at 7pm. His second and third workshops will be held on June 21 and November 22 at Bonsai NW.

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June 6, 2015 - PSBA's 10th Annual Auction at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, Noon to 4 p.m.

PSBA's 10th annual auction was held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way Saturday June 6. The auction was a great success, thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers and chairman Jason Eider. The club also extends special thanks to new museum curator Aarin Packard and executive director Kathy McCabe for being our hosts. PSBA's 2015 auction featured trees created by such outstanding artists as Ryan Neil, the late Peter Adams, Scott Elser and Jack and Genieve Enright, as well as noted collectors of wild trees such as Randy Knight. This year's event again featured both a live auction of more than 80 bonsai and a silent auction with over 100 additional trees, pots, books and other bonsai related material. Photos of just a few of the many outstanding auction trees can be seen below. Many thanks to all of the participants who helped make this year's auction successful. .

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