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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 Hub 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: World Bonsai Convention 8th to 16th October - virtual, online, no travel required! Visit https://www.worldbonsaiconvention2022.com/ for information and registration.

The July Club Meeting featured the ever-popular Team Challenge - members divided into teams with the task to create the best bonsai possible on a given tree within the time available on the night. The pressure was on, but the results were excellent - congratulatins to the winners and all participants!

The Club Meeting on Tuesday 9th August will feature a special guest presenter - Peter Fewster is a very experienced and well regarded Bonsai practitioner from here in Melbourne. He has traveled to Japan and is well known for his speciality of producing excellent Shohin trees and root over rock maples. The demonstration will be a root over rock maple planting, he will also be discussing results of some of his experiments in how to create a thicker trunk and everything to do with growing trees.

Winter rolls on, but we are now at least in August, a little closer to the start of spring and the promise of some better weather. Most of us are hoping to see some finer, warmer days, but I guess that depends on your perspective.

Bonsai enthusiasts realize winter is inevitable, and a necessary part of the growth cycle of a tree. It is also a time when they need to keep up the watchfulness and care of their babies. Deciduous trees are waking from their winter dormancy, and little green shoots are starting to appear along the branches. Pruning and reshaping of these trees should be finished by now, leaving the way clear for the busy spring repotting and root pruning time. Some trees have started shooting already! Let your trees guide you as to when they are ready for repotting ... when the buds swell and just before they open.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings and workshops, so feel free to come along and check us out. We look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the world of bonsai in 2021. And remember to keep enjoying the Little Things in life, they bring Big Joy.