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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: Due to the easing of restrictions, normal Club activities will resume from the October Last Saturday of the Month Workshop.

A good turnout of members celebrated the easing of restirctions at the October Last Saturday of the Month Workshop. The November meeting on Tuesday 9th November at 7:30pm will proceed at the Hub, featuring special guest demonstrator Barry Cairns who will speak on Satsuki Azaleas as Bonsai. Barry is a coordinator for the Satsuki Interest Group and has a wealth of experience to share with members. Don't forget to bring along your azaleas for the Display Table, or any other tree which is looking good at the moment.

The Last Saturday of the Month Workshop at 1:00pm on 27th November is our last workshop for the year. Guests are welcome to drop in to share the experience and to check out our Club - there is always something interesting to see as members work on their trees.

We are now well and tryly into Spring, with (some) lovely sunny days and cooler crisp nights. We just have to step outside to be surrounded by glorious fragrances in the air and to see the new fresh green foliage and colourful floral displays. Some trees even still have traces of blossom, and of course there are plenty of beautiful spring flowers in the garden. What a delightful time of the year – colour everywhere, and we can still enjoy every minute of it. Use your “exercise time” wisely. Grab a coffee and walk many different routes, it’s amazing what areas you can cover in the allowed time.

Bonsai trees are also spectacular now as they replicate their “bigger brothers”. But to do this they need a lot of energy to maintain the growth spurt required, especially deciduous varieties. We are currently receiving timely Spring showers from above, but wind can dry out bonsai’s very easily. Now is a good time to set a watering regime in place that will ensure they get enough water not only now but throughout the warmer days to come.

Trees are growing vigorously at present so constant checking of wiring is needed to prevent the wire from digging into the new growth. Frequent pruning and pinching will improve ramification and helps reduce leaf size. Dry dead flowers should also be removed as they weaken the plant and encourage pests. And remember to watch the weather for unusual occurrences which may affect your trees. Attention to these tips will help you care for your bonsai’s and improve your enjoyment of the hobby.