About Us


Since the first informal contacts between European Bonsai enthusiast in Heidelberg (1980), the European Bonsai Association (EBA) has acted as a coordinating body for bonsai organisations within its member countries.

The primary aim of the association acting as a non-profit making organisation, has been to promote bonsai art and culture, stimulating its members and teaching them all aspects of the art and science of bonsai.

Much of this has been and continues to be achieved through the bonsai associations and federations within the nineteen member countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Replublic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

It is by virtue of the efforts of these member countries that bonsai in Europe today is enjoying such a high degree of popularity. Within each of these countries, Bonsai groups and societies meet on regular basis, holding exhibitions and small conventions. In most instances, the societies join together under the auspices of their national association to put on a major event, often in the form of a national convention, which includes an exhibition bringing together a wide range of quality bonsai specimen from that country.

Ever since its establishment, EBA has held annual conventions by a different member country and has equally ensured that the 4th World Bonsai Convention was held in München in 2001.

Finally, it would a pleasure to receive your comments on these pages: after all, they were put together for you and they must included efficient and effective information.

What we aim to do

  • Enhance cohesion between member clubs
  • New links with Eastern Europe and to expand further
  • Ensure promotion towards the amateurs
  • Continuous search for talents through quality events at International level
  • Cost-Effective Participation affordable for all bonsai enthusiasts
  • Promote the Art of Bonsai
  • Create a European platform for co-operation between amateur associations
  • Enhance international exchanges of knowledge and artists
  • As such, ensure permanent vocational training of the individual amateur
  • 19 National Member Associations
  • Offering the Art to more than 25.000 individuals

 

 

 

 


 

EBA History

2015 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM, Vilnius - Lithuania (L)
2014 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention, Wroclaw, Poland (PL)
2013 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM, Audincourt - France (F)
2012 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM, Ljubljana - Slovenia (SLO)
2011 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM, Ratingen - Germany (D) Hungary new member
2010 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM in Zurich (CH)
Lithuania new member
2009 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM Lorca (E)
New bylaws, registration in Austria
2008 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM in Vienna (A)
2007 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM in Ostende (B)
Portugal new member of EBA
2006 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM in Castle Kiasz (PL)
Slovenia new member
2005 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM in Arco (I)
2004 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at San Marino (SM)
2003 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Jihlava (CZ)
Austria and Poland new members of EBA.
2002 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Trévarez (F)
2001 uropean Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at München (D)
4th World Bonsai Convention in München (D)
2000 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Arco (I)
1999 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Stratford-upon-Avon (UK)
1998 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Fermo (I)
1997 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Bruges (B)
3rd World Bonsai Convention in Seoul (South-Korea)
1996 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at München (D)
1995 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Monaco
First attempt to set up a European Bonsai Exhibition
First European New Talents Contest NTC©
1994 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Valencia (E)
1993 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Zoetermeer (NL)
2nd World Bonsai Convention in Orlando (USA)
1992 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Luxemburg (GDL)
1991 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Lenzburg (CH
1990 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Turin (I)
Alteration to EBA’s bye-laws laid down by notarial deed on 12.1.1990
1989 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Nantes (F)
1st World Bonsai Congress at Omiya (Japan)
EBA is co-founder of the World Bonsai friendship federation (W.B.F.F.)
1988 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Heidelberg (D)
1987 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM at Birmingham (UK)
Advisory meeting in Osaka (Japan) about the World Bonsai Convention and the structure and constitution of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation.
1986 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM held in Valencia (E), mainly focused on the theme 'For a Western Aesthetic of Bonsai'.
1985 European Bonsai Association Annual Convention and AGM in Apeldoorn (NL)
Joined Nippon Bonsai Association and European Bonsai Association meeting at Heidelberg, discussing NBA's intention to organise a World Bonsai Convention, to be held in Japan in April 1989, as well as the founding of a World bonsai friendship federation which had been proposed already in 1980.
1984 The first Annual General Meeting of EBA at Mannheim decided to appoint a Committee (Peter Brown as President, Marc De Beule as Secretary, Cees Doppenberg as Treasurer) with the aim to take care of EBA's formal constitution.
On 24 September 1984, EBA's bye-laws were officially laid down by notorial deed (see NL 9 of December 1984).
European Bonsai Association Annual Convention hosted by a Member Association involving Masters from all over the World.
1983 At the occasion of the 2nd British bonsai Convention - Keele University - a general concept for the future association was accepted. On the basis of a rough outline of a constitution, the co-ordinator Mr. Marc De Beule was invited to finalise EBA's bye-laws.
1982 At the invitation of Paul Lesniewicz, representatives of bonsai clubs from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Belgium came together during the 1st European bonsai Convention at Heidelberg with a view to informally discuss the possibility of founding a European Bonsai Association. Further contacts on the project during the 1st Bonsai Congress of Asociacion Espagnola Bonsai at Valencia showed great enthusiasm amongst the delegates and draft bye-laws were offered for discussion.
1980 Informal contacts between prominent Bonsai-ka , from different EU-countries

Rules, Guidelines, Regulations and Contracts

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The World Bonsai Friendship Federation wasformed to promote international friendship and understanding of Bonsai.

The fascination and love of nurturing a small piece of nature in a bonsai forms a common bond between people throughout the world, irrespective of class, race or creed.

Bonsai combines the knowledge of horticultural science with that of an aesthetic sense of design. When successful this produces a healthy and dynamic living sculpture, always changing as does nature, sometimes gradually, sometimes dramatically.

In many ways its often time-consuming techniques make it a very personal and contemplative recreation. Yet discussion on designing a bonsai rather than just a potted tree, and its appreciation, always provokes lively debate amongst fellow enthusiasts.

We believe that an international exchange of ideas, by fostering friendship and understanding, can only be for the common good. This is the motivation for establishing the WORLD BONSAI FRIENDSHIP FEDERATION (WBFF).

WBFF welcome you to join us.

         THE EBA BOARD

  • President: Marc Noelanders
  • Vice President 1: Pierre Bedes
  • Vice President 2: Vaclav Novak
  • Treasurer: Jürgen Carocci
  • Secretary: Detlef Mostler
  • Webmaster: Nigel Wright