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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 Hub 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: Sale Day! Saturday 26th November from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Hub.

The October Club meeting featured our own Tracey F with a very interesting presentation on the art of making bespoke bonsai pots. supplemented by Steve M on bonsai pot selection for individual trees.

The upcoming November Club meeting on Tuesday 8th November at 7:30pm will feature a special guest presenter - Scott Martin from Bonsai Matsu. Scott is a well regarded Bonsai professional with many of our members taking his classes. Scott will present on Spring defoliation featuring some maples. He will also be joined by some surprise guests. Scott's presentations are always highly valued, so don't miss out.

We are now well and truly into Spring, with an increasing number of sunny days. We just have to step outside to be surrounded by glorious fragrances in the air and to see the new fresh green foliage and colourful floral displays. Some trees even still have traces of blossom, and of course there are plenty of beautiful spring flowers in the garden. What a delightful time of the year – colour everywhere, and we can still enjoy 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. We have had a lot of rain, but bonsai dry out very easily. Now is a good time to set a watering regime in place that will ensure they get enough water not only now but throughout the warmer days to come.

Trees are growing vigorously at present so constant checking of wiring is needed to prevent the wire from digging into the new growth. Frequent pruning and pinching will improve ramification and helps reduce leaf size. Dry dead flowers should also be removed as they weaken the plant and encourage pests. And remember to watch the weather for unusual occurrences which may affect your trees. Attention to these tips will help you care for your bonsai and improve your enjoyment of the hobby.