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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 2-4:30 pm also at UYCH.

For membership enquiries contact or download an application form and send it the PO Box listed above.  Better yet, bring it along to the next meeting or workshop. Though membership has its benefits, such as substantial discounts at selected nurseries and other businesses of interest, visitors are always welcome. 

Club Meeting 2016 04 LATEST NEWS: It's hard to believe, but there are only 3 weeks left until Christmas. Like every year, it manages to sneak up on us. Probably more so this year, as we had a fairly cold and wet spring with no stretch of warm sunny days, it feels like we have missed out on some Spring.

Our plants should be powering along by now and some would have been defoliated as well. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is recommended especially around this time of the year. It pays being prepared for the occasional 30 plus or windy day when bonsai are quicker to dry out. If you haven’t thought about your watering regime over the warmer months coming please do so now before the warmer weather comes along. For those working throughout the day an automated system might be necessary to keep your trees properly hydrated.

November was a busy month for our club with plenty of activities and events held, culminating in our Sale Day and club workshop. It was another successful event, with plenty of bargains had on the day. Thank you to all of our club members that volunteered their time to make it a great day.

Earlier in the months our club meeting featured Craig Wilson, where he presented/demonstrated on several figs, showing plants in various stages of development and the work done on the roots. Our club was also represented at the “Japan – Australian Cultural Afternoon” event with a lovely display of member’s trees.

For December, our club is holding the Christmas Break-Up Night and Informal Discussion on the 13th, an Informal/social night where you are encouraged to bring along a tree for some advice and discussion, please bring along a plate of food to share with others and enjoy the night. The club has produced some calendars again for the new year and some spare copies will be available to purchase on the night. This year the calendar features members’ own trees. We hope to see you all there.

There will be no Saturday Workshop in December, the next event will be our January meeting on the 10th with a presentation on Fertilization by Lindsay followed by a workshop night. Enjoy the festive season, after the shopping run around is done with it is a great time of the year to relax, spend some time with the family and loved ones.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Yarra Valley Bonsai Society and we hope Santa brings you lots of nice presents.