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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: Over the New Year period and throughout January, the weather has brought many challenges. Hot dry days, with little rainfall early in the month, and some storms and heavy downpours later.This is when “Watering” and “Position” should be the main focus for all bonsai enthusiasts. It’s a good time of year to be on the safe side when it comes to caring for your trees.

Bonsai’s do need constant watering to stay alive, but it must be even and thorough. This encourages the roots to grow at the bottom of the pot improving the general health of the tree. Some trees may need watering twice or even three times a day in extremely hot weather. Some species benefit from morning sun, but avoid exposing them to the scorching sun in the afternoon. When looking for shade, try not to place bonsai’s directly under garden trees. Pests and diseases can be passed onto your bonsai’s very easily from above. Even though we have had some rain and a few thunderstorms, you cannot let your vigilance down. Following these few basic points will help protect your trees and make them more able to survive the warmer weather.

With the Christmas/New Year season behind us, and one month gone already, we are now well and truly into 2020, and Yarra Valley Bonsai Society got off to a flying start. Our January Monthly Meeting was well attended considering it was in the middle of the holiday season. We conducted a General Workshop with our own “team of experts” on hand to offer advice and suggestions. After the holiday break there was plenty of catch-up chatter around the room whilst the various trees that had been brought along were worked on to bring them back into shape.

One of the advantages of belonging to our Club is that members are able to take part in Nursery Trips. On these Trips additional knowledge and experience can be gained from the staff at the various Nurseries we visit, and from our own resident club experts travelling with us. On Saturday 8th February, we will take part in the first Trip for this year. We will leave from Bonsai Sensation Nursery in Narre Warren, in the morning and then progress to the Pearcedale Garden Centre, and finish the day at Plantmark in Langwarrin. Members will see a great range and variety of plants and trees. In the past some members have gone home with a few items, others with almost packed cars. Everyone is usually contented with what they buy during the day and are delighted at the extremely good prices. This trip should be no exception.

Our February Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 11th will be a presentation/demonstration on “Australian Natives as Bonsai” by Craig Wilson. Craig is a great supporter of our Club and regularly runs Workshops and Training sessions for us. His knowledge is drawn from his many years in the Nursery industry, and the wealth of knowledge and experience he has accrued during that time. Craig will precede his main talk with a brief presentation on “Summer Deciduous work”. Given the extreme weather conditions we have experienced recently, this information will be eagerly sought after, and will be of great assistance to all members regardless of their skill level and experience.

The Saturday afternoon Workshop this month is on February 29rd at our usual Venue in the Chirnside Park Hub from 1:00 – 4:00pm.