The Puget Sound Bonsai Association is a non-profit corporation
dedicated to the education of its members and the general public
in the art and culture of bonsai. Formed in 1973, it now has
close to 300 members whose experience ranges from beginner to
recognized experts in the art.
The PBSA holds regularly scheduled
club meetings featuring demonstrations and educational programs
by national and international bonsai artists. As a member of
PSBA, you will have the opportunity to learn from and work with
some of the world's best bonsai artists and horticultural specialists,
and to develop and extensive network of friends, colleagues and
vendors that will enrich your interest in bonsai.
PBSA meetings are held the fourth Monday of the months of February,
March, April, September, October, and November. The meetings
are held at 7:30 p.m., in the main auditorium of the Center for
Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle, located northeast
of Husky Stadium. At most club meetings a guest bonsai expert
presents a demonstration, converting a tree into a quality specimen,
well on its way to becoming a beautiful bonsai. Meetings also
provide opportunities to share advice concerning the growth,
training and propagation of specific plants for bonsai, and to
view and critique members' trees on display. Bonsai plant material,
books, pots, and tools are also available for purchase from vendors.
Guests and inquiring visitors are welcome to attend a single
PSBA meeting with no charge for admission. Parking is free.
Shows and Activities
In addition to the regular scheduled meetings noted above, PSBA
hosts two exhibitions each year. During the Seattle Flower and
Garden Show, PSBA puts on an exhibit and has done so for numerous
years. In May, the club hosts its annual Spring Show at the Center
for Urban Horticulture. In both exhibits, club members display
trees that have been in development for many, many years. These
shows demonstrate the clubs commitment to its mission of
educating the public in the art and culture of bonsai.
PSBA also holds its annual Summer
Potluck in July. This event pulls together the club to meet informally
for an afternoon potluck that features club members selling &
trading pre-bonsai, finished bonsai as well as pots and other
bonsai related materials.
Workshops and Study Groups
Each new member of the PBSA is eligible for a free introductory
bonsai workshop. Participants are furnished with a tree, pot,
soil, and wire, and are taught basic bonsai techniques and principles
for the care and development of their tree.
For aspiring beginners and bonsai
veterans alike, guest artist workshops are held on the Sunday
and Monday prior to each regular PBSA meeting in which participants
can enjoy a hands-on experience with our guest bonsai artist.
These workshops are one of the PBSA's greatest benefits, and
you must be a member to participate. Here, a member has the opportunity
to design and train a newer tree, or refine a bonsai already
under construction, with the supervision of some of country's
most talented bonsai artists. Participation in the workshops
is limited in number and requires an advance reservation. Typically
a fee of $20 is charged and participants must bring their own
bonsai material, tools and wire.
Small study groups, sponsored by
PBSA are located within the region. You can get more information
on these groups and about those located in your area from the
Study Group Coordinator. Contact Mike Miller
at the next meeting.
All members receive the PSBA Quarterly. This newsletter contains
thoughtful articles and tips on northwest bonsai horticulture,
artist profiles, a calendar of coming events (including regional
and national shows and demonstrations), and general membership