Welcome to the Victorian Native Bonsai Club

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.

Monthly Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month commencing at 7:30pm at the Newlands Senior Citizens Centre, 49-53 Murray Road, Coburg.

Workshops are held from 10:00am at the same venue on several Saturdays in the year, as shown in the club calendar.

Visitors are always welcome at club meetings and workshops.


  • Club meeting Tuesday 14th May

    The club’s monthly meeting on 14th May 2024 will feature a presentation by Damian Bateson on bonsai potting mix composition, and the importance of microbial activity in soils. This is an element which is often neglected in our thinking about potting mixes, and so it is certain that we will be challenged in what we do with our bonsai mixes.

    Damian has a strong background in landscape garden design and construction, with a wide-ranging experience and interests in different garden and landscape styles.

    As usual, the meeting will be at the Newlands Senior Citizens Centre, 49-53 Murray Road, Coburg, commencing at 7:30pm.

  • Club meeting 9th April – Group Plantings

    The April club meeting was a very interesting night, with quite a few members bringing along examples of group plantings with a range of different native species for display, including Eucalypts, Leptospermums, and Melaleucas.

    Some of the group plantings on display
    Eucalyptus polyanthemos, Red Box

    The main part of the meeting included a demonstration of a group planting of Melaleucas by Quentin, while several members also brought in groups to establish or to gather advice on.

    The group plantings being developed by members at the meeting included quite a range of possibilities, and we are looking forward to some interesting bonsai in future exhibitions.


  • Change of club meeting venue from January 2024

    As of January 2024, we have a new venue for all club meetings and Saturday Workshops this yearThe venue is now the Newlands Senior Citizens Centre, located at 49-53 Murray Road, Coburg, approx 1km to the east of our previous meeting rooms.

  • VNBC 2024 Exhibition: Shining a Light on Australian Plants as Bonsai

    The 2024 VNBC Exhibition – 15th March and 16th March, in the Preston Town Hall – what a great show of Australian native plant species as bonsai, and what a good crowd of visitors to enjoy the exhibition, both on the Friday night and most of Saturday.

    Altogether, we had nearly 70 trees and tree groups on display, ranging in size from the very small to the very large, and with such a diversity of species in the show. The range of species included representatives of Acacias, Banksias, Eucalypts, Sheoaks, Figs, Melaleucas, Leptospermums, and many more.

    Setting up the exhibition


    One of the quieter times, but still plenty of interest

    As usual, we had an award for the Best Eucalypt in Show, sponsored by Eucalypt Australia as part of the lead-up to National Eucalypt Day on March 24th. The winning tree was selected by our guest judge, Prof Ros Gleadow, the Chair of EA Board, and the prize this year went to a 40-year-old Red Box, Eucalyptus polyanthemos.

    Best Eucalypt in Show – Eucalyptus polyanthemos, Red Box

    We also continued the very popular Public’s Choice Award, with very strong voting over the two days by the visiting crowds. While there was quite strong numbers of votes for several of the trees, this year the winning number of votes went to a magnificent Coastal Tea Tree, Leptospermum laevigatum, the “Three Headed Monster” hanging from a cliff face.

    Public Choice Award – Coastal Tea Tree, Leptospermum laevigatum

    The sales area was also well patronized over the weekend, demonstrating that there are many people who want to start and/or continue to develop their enjoyment of the art of bonsai.

    Our thanks to all who participated – members, supporters, family and friends, and the cheerful crowd of visitors, who all came to enjoy seeing outstanding specimens of bonsai featuring many of our Australian native plant species. We will be back again next year, of course, to continue the story.


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    Access to support, new ideas, knowledge of others, regular Club newsletters, a database of information, and much more, all come as benefits of club membership.
    The Victorian Native Bonsai Club is keen to hear from you if you are interested in membership.
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