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. 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. 


2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention - Olympia, WA - October 13-16, 2016

Convention Featured Artist: Matt Reel

Following an eight-year apprenticeship in Japan with Shinji Suzuki, Matt returned to the US in 2014 and is now located in Portland as a member of the Portland Bonsai Village. Matt is known for his broad expertise in a wide range of conifers and deciduous trees, as well as his knowledge of bonsai pots and bonsai display aesthetics. Matt is increasingly in demand as a presenter, due to his highly refined styling of trees, combined with his appealing manner. He also serves as a caretaker of bonsai for serious aficionados. Matt’s work on a large juniper was featured in the January 2015 issue of the Japanese bonsai magazine, Kinbon (http://crataegus.com/tag/matt-reel/). 

As of July 7, there’s still a chance to register for Matt’s convention workshop on Tsukomo Cypress. Register now for a chance to learn from Matt!

Convention Innovations 2016

Stone collecting trip

This year’s convention features for the first time a full-day stone hunting expedition to the nearby Skokomish River on Thursday October 13.  Organized by PSBA “stoners” and led by well-known daiza carver Patrick Metiva, this trip is your chance to play rock hound for a day. Explore amid beautiful Northwest fall scenery and search the riverbed for suiseki in the rough. Participation is limited to the first 20 registrants, so sign up now for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Bring-your-own Tree

No, not BYOB, bring your own tree! Following the success of these sessions at the Portland PNBCA convention, workshop attendees will have the chance to bring their own material. This is a great opportunity for advanced practitioners, who may not normally sign up for workshops. Even trees that are fully refined can benefit from another point of view.

As of July 7, we still have openings in bring-your-own-tree sessions with two of the convention’s featured artists. Daisaku Nomoto is a Koko-Fu prizewinner, people! Suthin Sukosolvisit “is really gifted with shohin; he can take a normal looking little juniper and turn it into a sweet little tree.”

Don’t miss out on the chance of personal input from leading artists. Register today!


June 26 & 27, 2016 - Bob Shimon Workshop and Demonstration

Bob Shimon was our guest artist for the June 27th general meeting and also be conducted a workshop on Sunday June 26th. Bob had several of his nationally recognized yamadori (collected from the wild) redwoods available for use in the workshop and attendees were all very pleased. Bob also styled one of his collected Redwoods at the June 27th General Meeting and a lucky PSBA Member won an outstanding tree in the raffle!

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2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention - Olympia, WA - October 13-16, 2016

Convention Featured Artist: Boon Manakitivipart

One small juniper started Boon on his journey and would end up having a huge impact on his life. Becoming fascinated with bonsai, Boon joined the Bonsai Society of San Francisco and studied with as many teachers as he could find in California, including bonsai master Akio Kondo, first apprentice of award-winning bonsai master Kihachiro Kamiya. Later, Boon would himself apprentice to master Kamiya, as well as working and studying at famous Japanese bonsai nursery Kihachi-En. In April 2000 Boon (the only non-Japanese contestant) won the Grand Prize in Japan’s Kindai Bonsai Styling Contest. He has since won numerous other national and international awards and recognition for his work. Boon is the founder and Sensei (primary teacher) of Bay Island Bonsai, and has had his own business, Bonsai Boon, since 1998.

Boon will offer several workshops and critiques at the convention. Register now!



Top Ten Reasons to Attend the PNBCA Convention in Olympia!

For the benefit of newcomers and undecideds, we polled some convention loyalists for the inside scoop on why you should absolutely earmark a few days and a few hundred bucks to attend this year’s PNBCA Bonsai Convention in Olympia, October 13-16, 2016.

1.   Guest artist workshops. A total of 14 workshops with eight priced at $100 or less. Guest artists from out of state and even a visiting artist from Japan.

All of the following are included in the $255 cost of registration (workshops and hotel additional).

2.   Demos and lectures.  Multiple demos, lectures and critiques each day.

3.   Vendor Marketplace.  A wealth of bonsai-related materials for sale, often with special convention discounts.

4.   Bonsai displays.  Some of the best trees from our region and beyond.

5.   Raffles.  "I got my favorite tree at my very first convention in a raffle."

6.   Auctions.  Another chance to obtain great trees and bonsai items.

7.   Kindred spirits.  Connect with people you already know and make new friends and connections.

8.   Olympia.  An easy road trip to a great little city ideally placed for access from all points of the compass.  Bring your honey and make it a getaway.

9.   Great food that you don't have to cook.  Enjoy breakfast and dinner with some of your new favorite bonsai people.

10.  Support PSBA.  The convention represents a substantial investment of time and money by PSBA, your local club. Show your support by participating in the convention.

The PNBCA convention moves around the region and is now a biennial event, so it likely won’t be back in the Puget Sound area for years to come. This is your chance! Gather up some bonsai buddies, come out to enjoy the convention and support your club. Don’t delay – sign up today!


2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention - Olympia, WA - October 13-16, 2016

Featured artist: Suthin Sukosolvisit 

Born in Thailand, Suthin has been involved in Bonsai since 1970. His bonsai are known for their proportion, refinement and detail. With extensive experience with tropical bonsai, Suthin’s expertise also includes Japanese maples, black pines and juniper, as well as many other species. Shohin and root-over-rock are among his favorite styles. Winner of several International Bonsai Awards, Suthin teaches his bonsai techniques throughout New England and the United States. With his wife, Suthin operates the Royal Bonsai Garden in Stoughton, Massachusetts  http://www.suthinbonsaistudio.com

Suthin will offer several workshops and critiques at the convention. Register now! Remember, workshop priority goes to Early Bird Full registrants and then to other Full registrants.


Why Olympia? How the PNBCA annual convention landed in the South Sound area

Wondering how convention co-chairs Linda Breeden and Douglas Bradley came to pick Olympia as the host city for the 2016 PNBCA convention? Just check out a recent feature in AAA Washington’s Journeys magazine:  http://aaawashingtonjourney.com/magazine/2016_0506/next-stop.asp

Author Haley Shapley calls Olympia “a central gathering place”. Midway between Seattle and Portland, Washington’s state capital is conveniently placed, accessible, and charming. This “All-American City” boasts a restored waterfront, active downtown, immediate access to nature, and superior shopping – all at reasonable small-city prices. The newly-renovated Red Lion Hotel offers affordable luxury and copious parking, overlooking Capitol Lake within easy reach of downtown.

Contact the Red Lion Hotel now to book your convention stay at a great low rate!


June 4, 2016 - 11th Annual PSBA Bonsai Tree and Suiseki Auction

Please keep your calendar open for the 11th ANNUAL PSBA BONSAI TREE AND SUISEKI AUCTION~~SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016. 

PSBA's 11th annual auction will again be held at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way Saturday, June 4 from noon to about 4 pm.  We will need lots of helpful volunteers to make this happen.


New this year:

This year there will be a $5.00 fee per bidder/seller paddle.

All proceeds from the paddle fee will go to help support the Pacific Bonsai Museum, and the care of the beautiful trees in their collection.

Planning Information:

  1. 1. For the Silent Auction. Please consider making a donation of a bonsai related items to the club for inclusion in the silent auction and all sales proceeds will be donated to the club. Alternatively, you may also submit items to the silent auction with 10% of the proceeds going to PSBA as a donation. There will be no charge for reserves that are not met in the silent auction, however, we are limiting silent auction reserves to less than $100 per item.

If you have silent auction items, you can bring them on the day of the auction, but please arrive early, you will need to fill out an auction slip for each of your items with a description of the item, the reserve price if applicable (minimum bid), buy-it-now price if applicable, and seller id (paddle number) and give to the silent auction intake person.

  1. 2.  For the Live Auction. We need about 70 trees and no more than 5 viewing stones for the live auction. This year we are accepting no more than 5 items per club member for the live auction. Please note that 10% of the final auction price will be retained by the club as a donation. This is much lower than most auctions. Again, while you may set a reserve price for your tree, you will need to make a $15 donation to the club if your tree or stone does not meet the reserve price.

Those of you who wish to submit trees for the live auction may do so by e-mailing Jason Eider at (psbaauction@gmail.com).

Please also submit photos of your item with a short description of the tree, including any outstanding characteristics, such as age, where collected, how long in bonsai training, pot, etc. Please do so before May 15th.  Please note that the live auction may fill up before May 15th, so provide early notice to ensure inclusion of your trees in the live auction.

You can contact Jason @ psbaauction@gmail.com with any questions.