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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 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: Well here we are in “Mighty March” . The calendar says that means Summers over, and that it’s now Autumn. But “Mother Nature” doesn’t necessarily agree or cooperate. Consider the weather we’ve had recently and the contrasts we’ve experienced. A mixture of hot and cooler days, with some wind, and little rain. Before the Autumn colours start to appear there will no doubt be more of the same. This means that bonsai enthusiasts need to continue the constant maintenance of their collection. Late summer and early autumn growth strengthens and increases the size of trunks and branches. and new leaf buds and shoots can still appear, almost daily in some cases. Therefore watering needs to be kept up, although this will be able to be reduced as the weather cools. Wires will also need to be constantly checked and replaced as required. This is to maintain shape and prevent them from cutting into the bark. Trees not only need care now, but also to help them prepare for the long winter haul ahead.  Despite the work involved however, bonsai is a wonderful art form and hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone. Be sure to ” get on board”. Joining our Club would be a great way to get started, and an ideal environment for you to get the ongoing support and assistance required.

Our February Monthly Meeting was a Workshop Night under the very capable guidance of Craig Wilson. Although targeted particularly towards native trees, he was able to give assistance and guidance on all of the species the members brought along. His expertise and friendly, understanding manner is well known around the Club. All participants were appreciative of the advice he gave them. They left with their trees significantly improved or at least with some more specific direction on where to head next.

March’s Monthly Meeting will feature a presentation and demonstration by Howard W. on Semi Cascade & Cascade styles.  Howard is a  member of our Club and brings with him over 35 years of bonsai experience. This will be a particularly interesting session showcasing one of the major bonsai styles, and will be of great benefit to all.

The Saturday afternoon Workshop this month is on March 24th. (this is one week earlier than usual as our scheduled date would fall during the Easter weekend) It will be held at Cire Services, Old Hereford Road, Mt Evelyn from 1:00 – 4:30pm.

Our April Monthly Meeting will be on Tuesday 10th 2018. It will commence with a Bonsai Basics Session on the various Bonsai Styles presented by Rudi J. This will be followed by a ”Team Challenge Cup”. Teams made up of our members compete against each other to create a bonsai from scratch on the night. In the past these Challenges have proven to be a great fun and learning night for all, and this one should be no exception.

The April Saturday afternoon Workshop this month will be on April 28th at our usual Venue from 1:00 – 4:30pm.

Remember, if you are interested in finding out more about our Club, feel free to come along to one of our Monthly Meetings or a Saturday Workshop and check us out for yourself. Just give us a call beforehand, so that we can give you further details on where to find us. You’ll be made most welcome.

And remember we look forward to catching up with you somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2018