The Pacific Bonsai Expo is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, formed in 2023. We aim to promote bonsai learning, and encourage bonsai practice and display at a high level. The organization runs a biannual bonsai show with entries from around the United States juried by a panel of accomplished artists. Accepted exhibitors for each show become the judging panel. PBE believes that by promoting bonsai excellence that more people will be inspired to learn and create bonsai.
Originally formed as a joint project of Bonsai Tonight, LLC and Bonsaify, LLC, the now non-profit organization has three board members: Jonas Dupuich, Eric Schrader and Andrew Robson. While returning from a bonsai event, Jonas and Eric spent the trip discussing the creation of a regional bonsai show that would showcase top-quality trees from a diverse group of people. The discussion has been wide ranging, and years-long, but from that start the organizers decided that creating a high-quality regional show would be a way to bring the bonsai community together for a wonderful event.
Eric and Dory Schrader are the co-founders of Bonsaify.com Eric started bonsai in 2002 after attending a show from the Bonsai Society of San Francisco. Eric grew up in rural Mendocino county, and loves hiking among the oaks and redwoods. While studying with Boon Manakitivipart for ten years, Eric developed a passion for starting bonsai trees from seed and cutting. In 2019 Eric and Dory started Bonsaify to offer bonsai for everyone to experience and enjoy. Bonsaify is focused on connecting people to nature through informational and fun content, and on selling bonsai trees, containers, supplies, and related products through an online store. To keep up-to-date on Eric's pursuits, please visit bonsaify.com and sign-up to receive the newsletter; follow Eric on Instagram (@
Jonas Dupuich runs Bonsai Tonight, LLC, a Northern California bonsai nursery where he teaches and writes about bonsai. He is the author of The Little Book of Bonsai and the Bonsai Tonight blog, a weekly publication featuring how-to articles and photographs of bonsai around the world. His trees have been selected for display in local and regional exhibits, including the US National Bonsai Exhibition. Jonas grows a variety of different species and specializes in developing black pine bonsai from seed. Learn more at bonsaitonight.com.
Andrew Robson is an award-winning deciduous artist in the American bonsai community. He completed a 3 year apprenticeship with Michael Hagedorn, after graduating from Yale University. Andrew also studied shohin bonsai display with Daisaku Nomoto, an award-winning Japanese shohin master and judge at Gafu-ten. Andrew is the President of the Bonsai Society of Portland, the largest bonsai club in the United States. He regularly exhibits work at the Portland Japanese Garden and lectures at the garden's Japanese Arts Learning Center. Andrew is a host of the Bonsai Wire Podcast. Andrew resides at his deciduous garden RAKUYO-en with his golden retriever Bailey, where he teaches and shares the art of deciduous bonsai.