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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 Cire services (formerly Upper Yarra Community House) at 20 Old Hereford Road in Mount Evelyn (Melway Ref 118 B8 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 1-4:30 pm also at Cire.

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: November is here already! It may be the  last month of Spring, but what a fantastic last couple of months we have enjoyed. And there is still plenty of new growth, flowers and colours around to be appreciated. The commencement of Daylight Saving time has also helped by making available precious extra hours to get out and about, not only to see what’s happening in the garden, but to check up on our “little treasures” as well.  It makes it more possible to give them some of the extra care and attention they need at this busy time in their development. One thing to watch out for is that potted plants and trees are being watered properly. The weather can be very unpredictable, as we have experienced in the last couple of weeks. One day can be sunny and warm, the next cold and wet. Although plants and trees need all of these elements, too much of one and not enough of another can have serious consequences. For instance pots can be dried out very quickly by the wind, or they can become too soggy if the soil is not draining properly. Bonsai’s need to be constantly checked to see that they have all the right conditions available. Especially watch those that have been recently re potted. A good care and maintenance regime should be established and maintained throughout the warmer months, and in fact kept in place for the whole year.

The October Monthly Meeting commenced with a Bonsai Basic session entitled “Branch Selection and Placement”. Lindsay H  explained the general concepts of ideally how the branches should be placed when styling a tree or considering nursery stock as a potential bonsai. A General Workshop night followed.  As our Club has a number of newer members, and some of those totally new to bonsai, these types of informative and instructive hands-on sessions are proving extremely popular and beneficial to all. Our more experienced members also seem to appreciate the opportunity to share their ideas and knowledge with the newer ones as well as being reminded of some of the basics of the art.

At our November Monthly Meeting we will welcome Steve Jarrold as our guest presenter. His subject will be “Olives”. Steve is a very talented and accomplished bonsai artist with over 30 years experience.  We haven’t had the privilege of having him at our Club for a couple of years, and are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing what he will share with us on this night. The meeting will be on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm at CIRE Services – Mt. Evelyn - Old Hereford Road (Melway Ref: 118 B9)

Our next regular Monthly Saturday afternoon Workshop will be held on Saturday 25th November 2017 at 1.00pm at CIRE Services – Mt Evelyn. Although these workshops run until 4:30pm it is not necessary for participants to stay for the whole time. They are encouraged to drop in, with or without a tree, and to enjoy some fellowship with other like-minded bonsai enthusiasts for as long as they can spare..

There is plenty of other action happening in the Bonsai world for you to enjoy. Maybe a visit to one of the Bonsai Shows in the Melbourne metro area or a day trip to country Victoria!