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 6 and 7 - Aki Matsuri festival at Bellevue College

View the Aki Matsuri website for basic information about the festival.

This "Fall Festival" celebrates the rich culture of Japan and our club is an annual participant.  PSBA's involvement includes a workshop by Elsa Durham, tree display, and trees for sale. The exhibit attracts a couple of thousand visitors over the weekend.

Volunteers are still needed for the display and workshop. Setup is Friday the 5th at 3-7 pm, and take down is Sunday the 7th at 5 pm.  Docents are needed for both Saturday and Sunday.  PSBA member Lynn Paietta is chairing the exhibit this year, and asks for your help.   Contact Lynn for more information.



September 21, 2014 - Ted Matson Shohin Workshop

Ted Matson, a master of shohin bonsai (trees no taller than 10-11 inches), will be making a return visit to PSBA in September and will conduct a workshop on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bonsai Northwest. The workshop will be limited to 8 participants and the cost will be $50. Observers are welcome to attend for a $5 fee. To register as a participant please contact workshop coordinator Dick Benbow. His e-mail address is in the club directory. Mr. Matson also will do a shohin demonstration starting at 7 p.m. on Monday Sept. 22 at our regularly scheduled meeting at the Center for Urban Horticulture. About Ted Matson: BONSAI AS FINE ART.

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July 20, 2014 - Annual PSBA member potluck

This year's potluck was attended by about half of the members in the club. There was more than enough good food to go around. The desserts were the best part!

Thanks for coming!


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!