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Our club specialises in Australian Native Plants and Trees as Bonsai. We’d love for you to be part of our club. Feel free to browse our content rich website and for more information on how to join so you can be part of our community and gain access to other specialised videos, events and our species database, please click here.


  • July 2022 Club Meeting


    This is the term adopted for collection of plants for bonsai from wild, or open-grown garden settings, building on the established growth patterns of the plants to provide the structure for future bonsai. The club’s July meeting provided a focus on the experiences of a number of members in developing bonsai from collected yamadori.

    We had an interesting range of native species put forward for discussion on the night, each of which presented their own particular challenges in ensuring survival from the collection process, as well as looking to the future to develop them into successful bonsai. The species discussed included Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider Gum), Kunzea peduncularis (Burgan), Leptospermum laevigatum (Coastal Tea Tree), Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia), Leptospermum continentale (Prickly Tea Tree), and Melaleuca styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark). All of these were quite different in the manner in which they were collected, and there was an interesting range of sizes and ages amongst the trees discussed.

    These are just some of the trees presented on the night.

    Eucalyptus gunnii, Cider Gum
    Kunzea peduncularis, Burgan
    Kunzea sp
    Banksia marginata, Silver Banksia
    Leptospermum laevigatum, Coastal Tea Tree

    The next club meeting will be on Tuesday 9th August, and is scheduled to be a Workshop / Critique night, for members to bring trees along for working on during the evening, and for broader discussion, suggestions and critique as needed.

  • VNBC Exhibition 2022

    The Club’s annual exhibition of Australian native plants as bonsai was held successfully once again at the Preston City Hall on Friday evening and Saturday, 18th and 19th March, 2022.

    And what a great exhibition it was, with more than 70 of members’ trees on display, covering a wide range of species, ages and styles. We had a continuing stream of visitors over the two days, representing both regular bonsai enthusiasts and the wider public.

    The bustle of the display and the sales areas

    The level of public interest was very strong, and there was plenty of enthusiasm amongst visitors for voting in the Peoples Choice Award. As always, it was very interesting to see what the wider public really liked most amongst the trees on display, but in the end, the clear winner in first place from the voting was tree no. 36, Kunzea peduncularis, or Mountain Burgan. The others of the top six in the voting were, in second place, Acacia howittii, or Sticky Wattle “Green Wave”, third place, Melaleuca bracteata, “Golden Gem”, fourth place, Kunzea peduncularis, Mountain Burgan, fifth place, another Kunzea peduncularis, and in 6th place, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, River Red Gum.

    This year, the club also partnered once again with the Eucalypt Australia organisation to participate in the promotion of eucalypts as part of National Eucalypt Day on March 23rd. The exhibition this year featured a number of eucalypts as bonsai, and a trophy was sponsored by Eucalypt Australia for the Best Eucalypt in Show. This trophy was awarded for a Eucalyptus regnans, or Mountain Ash, which was quite fitting, as a nation-wide vote conducted by EA in the month prior to National Eucalypt Day also resulted in Mountain Ash being voted as national Eucalypt of the Year for 2022. It’s a great tree, both as one of the tallest trees in the world, and, at the other end of the scale, as a very special bonsai.

    Best Eucalypt in Show award – Eucalyptus regnans, or Mountain Ash

    Photos of all of the trees in this year’s exhibition are now available for viewing in the Photo Gallery section of this website.

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