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The Yarra Valley Bonsai Society, based in the 'far east' of Melbourne, caters for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels, from the simply curious and absolute beginner to the advanced practitioners. 

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Chirnside Park Community Hib at 33 Kimberley Drive in Chirnside Park (Melway Ref 37 F3 or see map here).  Monthly meetings usually begin with a Review/Overview session at 7.30pm, followed by a short business section and then a feature event: usually a demonstrator or speaker on a topic of interest.  In addition to our monthly meetings, we hold informal workshops on the last Saturday of each month from 1-4:00 pm also at Chirnside Park Community Hub.

For membership enquiries contact info@yarravalleybonsai.org.au or download an application form and send it to the PO Box listed above.  Better yet, bring it along to the next meeting or workshop. Membership has its benefits, such as substantial discounts at selected nurseries and other businesses of interest, but visitors are always welcome. 

Club Meeting 2016 04 LATEST NEWS:Well here we are in “Mighty March”. StatisticallySummer is over, and it’s now Autumn. But “Mother Nature” apparently doesn’t agree or co-operate. Consider the weather we’re experiencing, certainly doesn’t seem like Summer has left us just yet. We are still having some very hot days, with some wind, and little or no rain. Before the Autumn colors start to appear there will no doubt be more of the same. This means that bonsai enthusiasts need to continue the constant maintenance of their collection. Late summer and early autumn growth strengthens and increases the size of trunks and branches. and new leaf buds and shoots can still appear. Therefore, watering needs to be kept up, although this will be able to be reduced as the weather cools. Wires will also need to be constantly checked and replaced as required. This is to maintain shape and prevent them from cutting into the bark. Trees not only need care now, but also to help them prepare for the long winter haul ahead.  Despite the work involved however, bonsai is a wonderful art form and hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone.

The great news this month is that we have a NEW HOME. After meeting for many years in Mt. Evelyn, our Club is moving. From March 12th 2019 our meeting place will be the Chirnside Park Community Hub located at 33 Kimberley Drive, Chirnside Park. (Melway:37 F3 )
This is a larger facility that is well appointed to meet the needs of our ever- growing Club. Our old venue served us well for a number of years, but now we are all looking forward to this move, and more room to spread out. We will however continue to focus our attention on the Yarra Valley and the far eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Our February Monthly Meeting was a Workshop Night under the very capable guidance of Craig Wilson. Although targeted particularly towards native trees, he was able to give assistance and guidance on all of the species the members brought along. His expertise and friendly, understanding manner is well known around the Club. All participants were appreciative of the advice he gave them. They left with their trees significantly improved or at least with some more specific direction on where to head next.

March’s Monthly Meeting will feature a presentation and demonstration by Mark Le titled Bonsai – Progression from Novice to Intermediate. Mark is relatively new to bonsai, but has some great insights to share from his personal journey and experience along the bonsai trail so far. This session will be of particular interest to our newer members, and will also bring back many memories to those that have been down this path before.

The Saturday afternoon Workshop this month is on March 30th It will be held at our NEW Venue in Chirnside Park from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Our April Monthly Meeting will be on Tuesday 9th 2019. It will be a ”Team Challenge Cup” night. Teams made up of our members compete against each other to create a bonsai from scratch on the night. In the past these Challenges have proven to be a great learning night whilst being fun for all those involved, and this one should be no exception.

The April Saturday afternoon Workshop will be on April 27th at our NEW Venue in Chirnside Park from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

And remember we look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2019.