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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: YVBS IS BACK IN BUSINESS – well we’ve taken the first step anyway.

We are now able to reintroduce our Saturday Workshops from the 27th June, albeit with a few modifications. For the protection of our Members, we will be complying with social distancing and all other Government regulations that are in place at that time.

Our Beginners Training Course can also proceed, and discussions are currently underway to finalize a commencement date. (again in line with Government regulations)

The June 9th Monthly Meeting however, still CANNOT go ahead.

Our Committee is constantly checking the situation, and will advise any further changes as they become known. I’m sure everyone is keen to get back to the “New Normal” as soon as possible, none more so than our Bonsai enthusiasts.

As we move forward, we note that it is June already. It is officially Winter. For the past few weeks, we have been able to enjoy cool, but generally sunny days, whilst admiring the colorful shows of “radiant reds” and “glorious golds”, that the deciduous trees have given us. But now, they have shed their Autumn coats and are bare branched. Fortunately, we still have evergreens and conifers to provide some attractive foliage for our viewing pleasure. A review of the weather forecast indicates that Winter is about to get off to a wet, cold start. Time for bonsai enthusiasts to be sure that their “little trees” are Winter Ready.

With the increase in natural rain we expect from now on, the amount of hand watering of trees may be cut back. Overwatering is to be avoided as potted trees are extremely susceptible to root rot. If possible, watering should be done during the warmest part of the day. This gives excess water a chance to drain away before the cold night air settles down. Keeping deciduous trees on the dry side will promote autumn color in those still holding onto their leaves.

Trees that had been placed in covered locations to protect them from the Summer sun can now be put back into the open. The winter sun will promote bud development and tighten spring growth.

There are always plenty of tasks to be carried out on your trees even though it appears on the surface that there is not much to be done during Winter.

Bonsai is an interesting and rewarding hobby that we love to share with everyone. YVBS welcomes general questions or more specific enquiries about our operation or the art of bonsai. Please email or call us on the numbers provided above. And remember, we look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “World of Bonsai” later in 2020.