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.
- August Club Update
The 2021 year has so far been quite challenging for our community, with movement restrictions and other requirements to manage COVID changing continually through the year. We have had to cancel or modify several of our club meetings so far this year, and our ability to plan ahead for a club program is constantly being tested.
Our southern winter season has been quite chilly, wet and windy this year, but early Springtime is becoming more evident to us from mid-August, with new growth and some flowering stirring in many of our trees. Some of the species which are starting to flower now include the Acacias, Callistemon, Grevilleas and Leptospermums. As the weather continues to warm, we can expect to have much more time outdoors now to deal with the busy spring potting season and tree management for our bonsai.
The VNBC Committee is working to see what we can do to replace our lost club meeting programs, but in the meantime, we hope all of our members and readers stay safe, and that the community COVID lockdowns give everyone the opportunity to keep working on our trees. Keep in touch with the Victorian Native Bonsai Club Facebook pages, to see some of the trees being developed by club members. Another great Facebook page to look at is Eucalypt Australia, which frequently shows photos and great examples of Eucalypts in the wild from across Australia – well worth a look!
- VNBC Exhibition 19-20 March, 2021
The VNBC Exhibition for 2021 has now run its course, and produced another great show of Bonsai with Australian native species grown by club members. We had a total of 68 trees on display, covering a wide range of separate species, including species of Acacia, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Leptospermum, Hakea, Ficus, Angophora, Allocasuarina, Banksia, Nothofagus, Callistemon, Kunzea, Baeckea, Tristaniopsis, Syzygium, Agonis and Podocarpus.
The full set of photos of all of the trees on display can now be viewed in Photo Gallery section of this site, under the heading “2021 VNBC Exhibition”.
The show attracted many visitors, including quite a few people from surrounding suburbs who had little or no previous experience with bonsai. The well-stocked sales area, with a very good range of plants, pots, and bonsai materials, also attracted plenty of activity over the weekend.
And congratulations to Ken for winning the Public Choice Award voting for his beautiful Coastal Tea tree, Leptospermum laevigatum, inspired by the tea trees of the golf courses of Melbourne’s sand belt area.
- Interested in becoming a member of VNBC?
Membership of the Victorian Native Bonsai Club is a great avenue for anyone who wants to develop their understanding and skills in growing bonsai using Australian native plant species.
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.
Just click on the “Joining” tab in the menu list, and follow the prompts.