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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: Welcome to 2021. All at YVBS trust that you had a very Merry and Joyous Christmas time, and a happy and safe start to the New Year.

With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we have been able to recommence our Monthly Meetings and Saturday Workshops. These meetings have required some modification to accommodate the necessary protocols, but we have been able to provide our Members with some form of fellowship and an outlet for their hobby. This they have enjoyed after months of being apart.

Not all bonsai enthusiasts are on holiday in January, so to cater for these members, we have scheduled a meeting on Tuesday 12th January at 7:30pm at our usual venue in Chirnside Park. This will take the form of 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. Members are encouraged to bring them along for a possible make-over, or just a tidy-up. There might also be some “new trees” that Santa brought. The recipients of these may require advice and attention on how to care for these “new charges” too. This meeting is the ideal venue at which to get this information, or just to share some time with like-minded enthusiasts.

The Saturday afternoon Workshops also recommence on January the 30th at 1:00pm at our usual Venue in Chirnside Park.

Now that the Festive Season is behind us, another exciting year begins for Yarra Valley Bonsai Society. The New Committee has commenced work on setting an exciting program 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. This website is updated each month to keep them informed.

However, let’s not forget 2020 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.
It will be interesting to follow the progress of some of these projects.
We then enjoyed some Christmas cheer and fellowship to wind up our rather distorted year.

We are lookingvery positively toward a more stable year in 2021, and look forward to catching up with you soon somewhere in the “world of bonsai”.