The Sri Lanka Bonsai Association (SLBA)

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The Sri Lanka Bonsai Association (SLBA) was started in 1989 by a few Bonsai enthusiasts. The Association was formed to promote the art of Bonsai as a hobby in Sri Lanka, which we trust will stimulate friendship and bring peace through the common bond of love of beauty. Our membership is diverse ranging from housewives to horticulturists and professionals employed in various fields. We have a wealth of knowledge within our membership, with some of our senior members being undoubtedly among the best in the country. Over the years, the Association has been instrumental not only in improving the standard and quality of this art form, but also in promoting the art and introducing it to a wider sector of society. The Sri Lanka Bonsai Association holds exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops every year.

From small beginnings 20 years ago, the members of the Sri Lanka Bonsai Association have developed the art of Bonsai in Sri Lanka to a high standard. We have also, largely through demonstrations, exhibitions, newspaper articles and TV programs, made the art of bonsai popular in the rural areas of Sri Lanka. We have achieved this level of success in the first two decades of our existence by pooling together our own resources of time, effort, skill and dedication. We have developed a good network of people with bonsai throughout the country. Our Face Book Page also has become very popular, with thousands of followers.

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A Guide for the Beginner

“Bonsai” or the Art of Miniature trees is one of the most popular arts in Japan. Although the origin of Bonsai was in China, it was only after this art was introduced to Japan thousands of years ago, it was introduced to the rest of the World.

බොන්සායි නිර්මාණකරණයට අත්වැලක්

බොන්සායි යනු ජපන් වචනයක් බව අපි හැම දනිමු. සායි යනු ගසකි. බොන් යනු පැතලි බඳුනකි. එබැවින්, බොන්සායි යන වචනයේ සරල අදහස වන්නේ පැතලි බඳුනක සිටවූ ගසක් යන්නයි. එහෙත් අප විසින් තේරුම් ගත යුතු මූලික කරුණක් වන්නේ පැලයක් ගෙන පැතලි බඳුනක සිටවූ පමණින් එය බොන්සායි ගසක් නොවන බවයි.


Few Useful Hints for Bonsai Exhibitors

When we display our Bonsai creations in an Exhibition, we should be mindful about few matters, concerning the quality of the product we are going to display. As it is a special occasion, ...



  • Anyone wishing to apply for membership must attend one general meeting as a Guest.
  • After which membership form will be given on request.
  • After a receipt of application form which shall be tabled and on acceptance of membership at a executive committee meeting, a membership number will be allocated.
  • All members of executive committee should be a member minimum of one year.
  • No executive committee member can hold office if she/he is already an executive member of an association/society with similar aims and interest.
  • No member can vote at the Annual General meeting unless she/he has attended a minimum of three general meetings and paid subscription for current year.

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Our Team

  • Patron:
  • His Excellency Ambassador for Japan in Sri Lanka
  • President:​
  • Ms. Druki Martenstyn
  • +94 77 748 9932
  • Vice President:​
  • Ms. S. A. D. Manori
  • +94 77 760 2741
  • Secretary:​
  • Mr. Janaka Basuriya
  • +94 77 692 5200
  • +94 11 744 4724
  • +94 11 744 4102
  • Assistant Secretary:​
  • Ms. Rohini De Mel
  • +94 71 804 4805
  • Treasurer:​
  • Mr. Vinnie Gunaratne
  • +94 77 244 4131
  • Assistant Treasurer:​
  • Ms. Oshadhi Wickramasinghe
  • +94 77 732 6855
  • Committee Members:
  • Ms. Salome Botejue
  • Ms. Shanthi Fernando
  • Mr. H D Ariyasena
  • Ms. Pauline Herath
  • Mr. M.A. Pemasiri
  • Mr. Naveen Sooriyarachchi

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Talk on Grafting Techniques

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Bonsai Presentations/Workshops at Universities

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SLBA Annual Exhibition-Reflections 2015-Living Images

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Reflections 2012

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Donation by The Sri Lanka Bonsai Association

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