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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 Cire services (formerly Upper Yarra Community House) at 20 Old Hereford Road in Mount Evelyn (Melway Ref 118 B8 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 1-4:30 pm also at Cire.

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: Welcome to 2018. All at YVBS trust that you  had a very Merry and Joyous Christmas and a happy New Year  with your families and friends.

Maybe you received a bonsai tree as a Christmas present, or made a New Year’s resolution that in some way involved becoming more interested in bonsai in 2018. If so, we’d be very pleased to have you join us at a meeting in the near future. Our Club is ideally suited to help you enjoy this wonderful past time. We’re not yet ten years old but our Club boasts a bunch of friendly members with a wide variety of experience and ages Some brand new to bonsai, right through to those that have been practising for over  thirty years, and many degrees in between. It is a great place to learn in a friendly and welcoming environment.  So, if you live near Mt. Evelyn, or don’t mind a drive to this beautiful part of the world, why not contact us and arrange to come along and check us out soon.

Now that the Festive Season is behind us, another exciting year begins for Yarra Valley Bonsai Society. We have planned  an exciting program for our members crammed with a good balance of demonstrations, guest speakers and practical hands-on opportunities. Our association with other Bonsai organisations and Clubs also ensures that our members are kept up to date with the latest, and are able to attend various other activities outside our own Club. The website is updated each month to keep our members informed.

However, let’s not forget 2017 too soon. Our December meeting took the form of an Informal Discussion Night. A number of our members brought along their own trees of varying species and styles, and gave a short presentation to the group on how and why they styled it the way they had. At the conclusion of each talk the other members  present were able to ask questions and make constructive comment. It was a very informative and learning experience for all with many good ideas being shared, some of which will no doubt be implemented. We then enjoyed some delicious Christmas cheer and fellowship to wind up our very successful year.

Not all bonsai enthusiasts are on holiday in January, so to cater for these people as well as interested new comers, we have scheduled a meeting on Tuesday 9th January at 7:30pm at our usual venue in Mt Evelyn.  We will commence with a Bonsai Basics session entitled Pruning, Pinching and Trimming presented by our own Lindsay H. Bonsai Basics are an ideal learning opportunity for those with little or no experience, and can also be a good refresher for those that thought they may have known it all. This will be followed by a General Workshop with our own “team of experts” on hand to offer advice and suggestions. After the holiday break there are no doubt many trees out there that could use a little New Year TLC, so members are encouraged to bring them along for a possible make-over.

The Saturday afternoon Workshops also recommence on January the 27th at 1:00pm also at our usual Venue in Mt Evelyn.

We look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2018.