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.


Reminder - Please Renew Your PSBA Membership for 2016!!

PSBA members are reminded to renew their membership for 2016.  Members can renew anytime online by clicking on the Join/Renew tab on the website and following the instructions.  We will also set up a table at our November 23 meeting to accept membership renewals.  We can accept cash or checks at the meeting and we are investigating setting up payment by credit cards there as well.

Thanks for renewing and see you all at the meeting!!


November 23, 2015 - Jim Gremel and Dan Robinson - Last in the Series


See what happens when an artist’s imagination runs wild.  Feel what happens to you when you challenge your well-developed (and well defended) ideas.   It’s bonsai.  It’s art.  It’s an evolution.  First you evolve, then the tree.

Two of the world’s bonsai rock stars will present several trees that have been demonstrated on at PSBA over the past two years.  Jim Gremel is wrapping up his “artist series” for Puget Sound with a final look in 2015 of the Mountain Hemlock he is working on.  Dan Robinson has presented two raw untrained specimens, an azalea in the Spring of 2014, and in the Fall of the same year he carved and wired a large weeping Japanese Red Pine.  These artists are unique in their approach to styling and both have transformed these trees in front of you over the past 24 months.  You can see the potential of a variety of techniques, the result of continued grooming and it all began in front of you as part of your PSBA educational programming.

Jim Gremel will share a long list of decisions as he closes in on this final presentation on the Hemlock.  Dan will explain how the Pine and the Azalea have achieved their bonsai journey, and the direction he will take to continue to help them evolve.  It will be a coalescing of wiring, carving, and the culmination of two exciting bonsai artists.   

Inspiration is just a meeting away.  We will see you at the PSBA annual meeting at 7pm, on Monday, November 23 at the University of Washington Urban Horticultural Center.


October 26, 2015 - Edd Kuehn - Suiseki (Viewing Stones)

Some people have rocks in their heads. Edd Kuehn's Suiseki presentation left us all with a few rocks rattling around in our own heads. His multimedia show included an introduction to different stone styles, from snow-capped mountain ranges to bison- and bear-shaped animal stones. The audience was treated to a slideshow of the stone group's annual rock-hunting excursion to the Stillaguamish River, as well as a video of Edd carving a daiza from a chunk of wood. The actual daiza and mountain stone circulated from hand to hand at the meeting, which also featured an exhibit of stones in varied styles. For more information, check out the Viewing Stones Gallery.

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September 28, 2015 - Dave DeGroot and Robert Cho - Chinese Windblown Demonstration

We were thrilled to welcome Dave DeGroot, former curator of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (now Pacific Bonsai Museum) and Robert Cho, owner of Asia Pacific Gardens in Renton, to our September 28 meeting at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Dave DeGroot is a familiar face to the Puget Sound Bonsai Association. Many in the bonsai community have volunteered at the Pacific Rim Bonsai Museum, and Dave has been a presenter at PSBA club meetings many times over the past 25 years. Robert is knowledgeable about all styles of bonsai and travels internationally to bonsai shows and symposiums. His trees are represented at the Pacific Bonsai Museum. David and Robert collaborated to create a Chinese Windblown-styled bonsai at the meeting. It was a fun and exciting evening!

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October 8, 2015 - Sharon Muth Plaque Dedication at Pacific Bonsai Museum

A plaque honoring Sharon Muth was dedicated at the Pacific Bonsai Museum on October 8.  David DeGroot gave the keynote address during the ceremony, honoring Sharon for her leadership in heading the acquisition committee that selected the bonsai that became the core of the museum collection, her trip to Taiwan to secure trees, her support of the collection, her bonsai teaching skills and her friendship.  A number of her long-time friends also spoke more personally about Sharon.