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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: Welcome to 2020. All at YVBS trust that you had a very Merry and Enjoyable, Christmas, and a happy and safe start to the New Year.

Maybe you received a bonsai tree as a Christmas present, or made a New Year’s resolution that in some way involved becoming more interested in bonsai in 2020. If so, we’d be very pleased to have you join us at a meeting. Our Club is ideally suited to help you enjoy this wonderful hobby and past time. We are a relatively new Club, just eleven years old, but we boast a bunch of friendly members with a wide variety of experience and ages Some brand new to bonsai, right through to those that have been enjoying it for over forty years, and many degrees in between. It is a great place to learn in a friendly and welcoming environment.  So, if you live near Chirnside Park, or don’t mind a drive to this beautiful part of the world, why not contact us and arrange to come along and check us out soon.

Now that the Festive Season is behind us, another exciting year begins for Yarra Valley Bonsai Society. We are in the process of finalizing an exciting program for our members, crammed with a good balance of demonstrations, guest speakers and practical hands-on opportunities. Our association with other Bonsai organisations and clubs also ensures that our members are kept up to date with the latest, and are able to attend various activities outside our own group. This website is updated each month to keep everyone informed.

Let’s not forget 2019 too soon. Our December meeting took the form of an Informal Discussion Night. A number of our members brought along their own trees, each giving a short presentation to the group on how and why they styled it the way they had. A wide variety of trees were shown in various styles and stages of development. This drew plenty of questions and comments from the audience.  It turned out to be a very informative and learning experience for all, with many good ideas being shared, some of which will no doubt be implemented. We then enjoyed some delicious Christmas cheer and fellowship to wind up our very successful year.

Not all bonsai enthusiasts are on holiday in January, so to cater for these people as well as interested new-comers, we will be meeting on Tuesday 14th January at 7:30pm at our usual venue, the Chirnside Park Community Hub in Kimberley Drive.  This will be a General Workshop with a team of our more experienced members on hand to offer advice and suggestions. After the holiday break there are no doubt many trees out there that could use a little TLC. All members are therefore encouraged to bring them along for further advice on their care or possibly a make-over.

The Saturday afternoon Workshops also recommence on January the 25th (Australia Day weekend) at 1:00pm, also at our usual Venue in Chirnside Park.

On Saturday February 8th. our Club will hold its first Nursery Trip for 2020. We will be visiting three Nurseries in the southern suburbs. Bonsai Sensation in Narre Warren, Pearcedale Garden Supply, and Plantmark Wholesale Nursery in Langwarrin. On this trip members will have the opportunity of purchasing from the wide ranges on display, at very reasonable prices, as well as receiving expert advice from the Nursery staff. This is also a great way to become more acquainted with our fellow Club members in a more social atmosphere.

We look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2020.