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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 Hib 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: With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent restrictions in place, it is still not possible for us to recommence Club meetings. We are however constantly watching every new development, and will get back into business as soon as possible. When this happens details will be notified on this site, so watch this space.

We may need to restart in a modified format, but we are keen to provide our members with the knowledge, fellowship and enjoyment they gain from meeting together. Even though they are unable to do this at present, they are still able to continue working on their trees at home. Those requiring advice or assistance can refer to the many resources available to them, even the odd phone call to another member can bring much needed advice.

Winter rolls on, but we are now at least in August, a little closer to the start of Spring and the promise of some better weather. Most of us are hoping to see some finer, warmer days.  But I guess that depends on your perspective. Many people will be missing the ski season and ‘Winter Wonderland” holidays this year.

Bonsai enthusiasts realize winter is inevitable, and a necessary part of the growth cycle of a tree. It is also a time when they need to keep up the watchfulness and care of their “babies”. Deciduous trees are waking from their Winter dormancy, and little green shoots are starting to appear along the branches. Pruning and reshaping of these trees should be finished by now, leaving the way clear for the busy Spring repotting and root pruning time.

Now is the time to check that you have stock of all the pots, tools, wire, soil and other items needed for this busy period. Being well prepared will make you feel more satisfied with your work, and the trees will thank you with healthier foliage and more colourful blossoms and flowers in Spring, and all year round.

We still however need to be cautious, and not let our guard down just yet. There may be some remaining “winter wildness” to be thrown in our direction that our bonsai’s may need protection from, so stay vigilant. 

And remember to keep enjoying the “Little Things” in life, they bring “Big Joy”.