Over 150 trees & related exhibits from more than 30 Bonsai Societies nationwide, representing some of the most beautiful Bonsai trees in private collections. 

The main exhibition area will be set in a formal

display style as seen in this example

from a Japanese exhibition. 

Co-organisers of the show 'The Federation of British Bonsai Societies' represent over 50 Bonsai societies helping them to promote and inform the public and bonsai enthusiast alike about activities on the British bonsai scene.


F.o.B.B.S. helped establish a National Bonsai Collection at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, (our registered charity and co-hosts)  and over the years, has organised a number of national and international conventions and exhibitions.


The 'British International Bonsai Show'  (BiBs) is aimed at placing Bonsai on a far larger stage than ever before in this country, bringing together talented artists and Bonsai professionals together from across the world.  If successful, the Federations' intention is to make this a bi-annual exhibition. 

The organisation also maintains a high profile by exhibiting at selected horticultural events, most notably the R.H.S. Chelsea Flower Show at which it has achieved numerous Gold Medal Awards for its’ bonsai displays.

The GOLD MEDAL winning FoBBs display stand at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show. 


FoBBs Bonsai Society registration

Member societies simply need to register their intention to provide a display and to reserve the exhibition space they will require. There will be no cost to the society, providing each can provide at least two personnel to act as part-time show marshals once their set-up is complete. We would ask these attending societies to undertake volunteer work during each of the show days, whilst also overseeing the clean and correct display of their own established exhibition. 

2 exhibitor/volunteer passes are provided with each society display of 2 tables. 

Additional society passes are available at reduced rates through to December 31st 2020. Each society will be encouraged to sell public tickets at these reduced rates to gain valuable additional income for themselves. 

Each society is responsible for their own costs in putting on their display at the venue and for any 'out-of-pocket' expenses and accommodation related to the event.   

FoBBs members 

Please see your committee to discuss participation.

Non-FoBBS affiliated clubs 

Open or European society application form

Open or European society applications for display

Non-aligned societies or Clubs from European countries (subject to any future/applicable plant passport and health legislation) are welcome to request 'guest' display space on a 'limited availability' basis as already reserved within the event space.


Simply complete the application form below and include a description of your planned display with at least 3 example images of trees you intend to bring.  Space will then be allocated by an event committee meeting to consider all interested parties and forms submitted by August 1st 2020. The chosen 'guest' display societies will then be confirmed no later than October 1st 2020 to allow sufficient planning. All guest societies will not be expected to offer any event volunteers and will be solely responsible for covering all of their expenses in setting up the display.  Exhibiting guest societies are entitled to the maximum of two standard exhibitor passes with any additional passes being charged at normal rate.   

Individual artist's submission for consideration

Individual Open display applications

We welcome applications from any individual in Britain or Europe (subject to any future/applicable plant passport and health legislation) and request you complete the application form below to include a description of your trees together with suitable images. Space will then be allocated by an event committee meeting to consider all individual applications submitted by August 1st 2020. The chosen individual exhibitors will then be confirmed no later than October 1st 2020 to allow sufficient planning. Individual entries receive one exhibitor pass - any additional being charged at cost.  

Individuals are limited to a maximum display area of 2 running metres (2000mm) of dispay table width and should ensure their final planned display fits within this limitation.  

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