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.