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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 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. 


The YVBS Bonsai Show for 2021 has been confirmed for 22nd and 23rd May at the Chirnside Park Community Hub. This is a much-anticipated event after the forced cancellation of the 2020 Show due to Covid restrictions. The above link contains a promotional flyer with additional details.

In April, bonsai trees continue to grow, albeit slower than other times of the year. With the arrival of some cooler days and the colder nights that we are currently experiencing, it appears that they have finally got the message that it’s Autumn. Some deciduous trees are showing signs of putting on their “colorful coats” of fiery red or golden yellow, and the foliage on the other species has freshened up after the warmish summer dried some of them out. It’s great to see our bonsais are doing the same as their larger“cousins”. What a joy to see all this action being duplicated in miniature amongst our very own bonsai collection. Deciduous trees that have been kept in sheltered positions over summer can now be brought out into the open for a little sunshine. This will encourage autumn color throughout the foliage - but watch the weather forecast for the odd unexpected hot day or warm wind. Remember also to turn your bonsai pots around fortnightly if they are in an area where they get uneven light. This will ensure that branches and next year’s buds will develop more evenly around the tree. Other tasks you’ve employed over summer to protect your trees can be relaxed a little now too, but they still need constant attention.

The March Monthly Meeting featured a presentation by our own Lindsay H. He covered two Bonsai Basics subjects - Pot Selection and Basic Bonsai Wiring techniques. Of interst to both newcomers to our hobby and experienced mambers alike, the information was well received and generated a lively discussion with the audience.

The upcoming April monthly meeting will feature a special guest speaker - Scott Martin from Bonsai Matsu, a very experienced bonsai practitioner who has trained in Japan. He will present and demonstrate on Pines for Bonsai, with specific reference to Scots Pines (Pinus sylvestris). An event not to be missed!

The April Saturday afternoon Workshop will be on April 24th at our usual venue from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

And remember we look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2021.