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 28, 2015 - Dave DeGroot and Robert Cho - Chinese Windswept Demonstration

We are 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 will be collaborating to create a Chinese Windswept styled bonsai at the meeting. Be prepared for a fun and exciting evening!

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PSBA Fall Programs

As we transition away from summer, PSBA has a great lineup of fall programs featuring local and out of state artists scheduled at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

On Sept. 28 David DeGroot, the curator emeritus of the Pacific Bonsai Museum, will demonstrate how to create a Chinese-style windblown penjing with the assistance of Robert Cho, owner of Asia-Pacific Garden.

Viewing stones, or suiseki, will be in the spotlight at our Oct. 26 when Edd Kuehn, one of the leaders of the PSBA affiliated Viewing Stone Interest Group, takes us on a visit to the world of stones, showing how they can enhance bonsai and be appreciated on their own.

We’ll end 2015 on Nov. 23 with our annual meeting, election of officers and part three of Jim Gremel’s developmental demonstration on that beautiful double-trunk, collected mountain hemlock.  Dan Robinson will be on hand to provoke questions and comments from the audience.

All three programs will start at 7 p.m.


October 8, 2015, 4-6 pm - Remembering Sharon Muth 

Kathy McCabe, Executive Director of Pacific Bonsai Museum has invited PSBA members to attend the dedication of a plaque in memory of Sharon Muth at the museum.  Please note that they would like attendees to RSVP.  Please send your RSVP to the linked e-mail below by Oct. 1.

From: Kathy McCabe

          Executive Director

          Pacific Bonsai Museum    

 David De Groot, Pacific Bonsai Museum and the Puget Sound Bonsai Association invite you to join in dedicating a plaque in memory of Sharon Muth.

 Thursday, October 8, 4-6 pm 

at the Pacific Bonsai Museum 

Please RSVP to by October 1


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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