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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: June is officially Winter, so after a few wonderful weeks of showing us their “radiant reds” and “glorious golds”, most deciduous trees have now shed their Autumn coats.
Bonsai enthusiasts must be sure their “little trees” are Winter Ready. With all the natural rain we should be getting now, the amount of watering may be cut back.. The surface of pots should be kept clear of moss and debris that may prevent good drainage. Soil that is constantly wet can encourage root rot. It is also a good time to review the tree’s branch structure. With the limbs bare, wiring and shaping can be done more easily, and as the tree is not actively growing during this time, the wire will not cut in and scar them.

The really BIG NEWS this month is of course our Club’s Bonsai Show. This is to be held on Saturday 23rd of June and Sunday 24th of June at the Wandin North Public Hall. This is located on the Warburton Highway Wandin North opposite the roundabout at the Clegg Road intersection. (Melway Reference 119 C11 & C12). The show will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm both days.  This is the first show we’ve had for a few years and our members are enthusiastically preparing their trees to show off their talents and the products of their labors. There will be a great range of beautifully prepared and manicured trees on display as well as a range of our beginners trees. This is designed to show the potential bonsai artist what is possible with the right inspiration, guidance and encouragement that can be gained by joining a club such as ours. We will of course have a well stocked trade area selling trees, pots and other accessories, and the ever popular Children’s Workshop at 1:00pm Sunday . Children wishing to take part in this will need to book, so please contact us before the starting time. On Saturday at 1:30pm we will also be featuring a demonstration by Tien from Bonsai Sensation Nursery, and on Sunday at 10:30am, an Ikebana presentation (the art of Japanese flower arranging), Entry is Free but we would appreciate a  gold coin donation to help cover costs. There is a promotional poster further advertising this Event displayed elsewhere on our website. Be sure to make a note in your diary now and plan to attend.

DOWNLOAD SHOW PROMOTIONAL FLYER HERE.

At our Monthly Meeting on Tuesday June 12th, our members will be busy preparing for the Show so the whole meeting has been set aside for this purpose. Rudi and Marlene will give a Bonsai Basics Session on Show Preparation, and this will be followed by a Workshop titled “Getting Trees Ready To Show”.

The next Monthly Workshop is on June 30th at 1:00pm at our usual Venue in Mt Evelyn.

Remember, if you are interested in finding out more about our Club, feel free to come along to one of our Monthly Meetings or a Saturday Workshop and check us out for yourself. Please contact us beforehand for further details on where to find us. You’ll be made most welcome.

And remember we look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2018