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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: We’re now well and truly into Spring, with lovely sunny days and cooler crisp nights. We just have to step outside to be surrounded by glorious fragrances in the air, lovely new fresh green foliage, glorious colourful blossoms, and beautiful spring flowers in the garden. What a delightful time of the year – I hope you are enjoying every minute of it.

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. With new growth the need for water and fertilizer increases. Trees need to be observed individually to establish the amount and frequency of water that is necessary. With little rain from the sky at present there may be a need to supplement with the garden hose or watering-can, but care must be taken not to over water. Slow release fertilizers can be applied in combination with liquid varieties, and it is to be noted that it is better to fertilize regularly and in small weak doses, than to give stronger doses now and then. With flowering species, fertilizing should commence after the flowers have finished. Trees should be watered with plain water before applying liquid fertilizer. With the rapid growth of foliage frequent pruning and pinching improves the shape of the tree, and helps to reduce leaf size throughout the growing season. Regular care and maintenance, especially now will ensure that bonsai trees continue to grow healthier and happier, delighting not only their owners but all that see them.

The September Monthly Meeting featured the Annual General Meeting. Our Club has had another very successful year which was verified by the reports presented by the various Committee members. Membership continues to grow as more and more people join our band to take up the art of bonsai, and to enjoy the fellowship and friendships that club membership brings. Congratulations to those Members who were elected to the “new” committee for 2018/19.. It is great to see we have some “”new talent” joining us this year. Another feature of the evening was a presentation by some members that had brought along the tube stock trees given out at last year’s AGM. They spoke of the progress they had made toward creating a bonsai from them. Most had shown significant growth over the year, and we look forward to seeing the progress of this year’s give-aways next year. As a Club we look confidently toward the type of continued success and growth that we have enjoyed to date, as we enter the next decade with great expectation.

As this meeting also coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the formation of our Club, we were privileged to have the Clubs Inaugural President Bill, and Vice President Neil present, to celebrate with us on this memorable occasion. It was great to catch up with them over a lovely supper after the formalities were concluded. and to share a few recollections from the past. A lovely climax to a great evening.

At the October Monthly Meeting on the 9th we will be treated to a presentation by Peter Fewster entitled “Maples On The Rocks”. Peter is well known in Bonsai circles as an experienced presenter and demonstrator. He has an extensive knowledge of the art that he has gained from numerous visits to Japan and his other connections both there and in Australia. Many of our members are familiar with Peter’s work and are looking forward to his return. Those that haven’t seen Peter in action in the past are in for a real treat, in fact we all are.

The next Monthly Saturday afternoon Workshop will be held on Saturday27th October 2018 at 1.00pm at CIRE Services – Mt Evelyn. Members and guests are encouraged to drop in, with or without a tree, for a coffee and a chat. They can choose to stay for the whole time or part of it, depending on time availability or the tasks they wish to complete. Some of our more experienced members are always available to assist or share ideas with. This is a great way to check us out and be introduced to bonsai in a non-threatening environment. We hope to see you there. All those bonsai lovers should remember to keep enjoying the “Little Things” in life.