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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 info@yarravalleybonsai.org.au 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: Welcome to Autumn, the season that brings out wonderful colours in our trees, the deciduous: trident and Japanese maples, elms and oaks and many others. Getting that vibrant yellow to red colour depends much on the weather, colder nights especially will bring them out. The downside is that the days are getting shorter and for those working on our trees after work there isn’t as much time to spend as we would like.

It’s a good time to adjust your watering, as less sunlight and generally lower temperatures reduce the plants watering needs. Make sure that you rotate your pots too, don’t overcrowd your benches and get fertilising to set your trees up for the next season.

Our monthly meeting in February was a workshop under guidance of Craig Wilson, members meticulously worked on their trees with many improvements made on the night. It was a great night to work on trees and set them up for a bright future ahead.

March is another busy month on the bonsai calendar, not just for our club but for the wider bonsai community as well. Our club will be participating at the Benvenuti Festival by having a small display in Seville East on the 12th of March, entry is by gold coin donation. The monthly meeting on the 14th of March will feature a presentation by Trevor McComb of Bonsai Art Nursery, the presentation/demonstration will be on “Shimpaku”.

Towards the end of the Month we have another big event for our club, YVBS sale day on the 25th of March. As always, expect great bargains and sellers with excellent stands, pots and trees alike. Following the sale, we will be holding our monthly workshop at the same venue from 2:30pm until 4:30pm, it is an excellent opportunity to work on the trees purchased hours earlier. This is open to ALL who wish to attend and not just members.

Outside of our club some of the other events for March are couple of exhibitions, Victorian Native Bonsai Club on the 4th and 5th of March, Ballarat Bonsai Club on the 11th and 12th of March and Waverley Bonsai group display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show on the 29th of March to 2nd of April. If all these local events are not quite enough then there is also an option of a “quick” car trip to Canberra where the Bonsai Week is being held at the NBPCA between 20th and 26th of March.

Get involved by attending some or all of the events put on by Yarra Valley Bonsai Society and grow your trees and knowledge!