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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: With the Christmas/New Year season behind us, and one month gone already, we are now well and truly into 2018, and Yarra Valley Bonsai Society got off to a flying start.

Our January Monthly Meeting was well attended considering it was in the middle of the holiday season. We began with a Bonsai Basics session entitled Pruning, Pinching and Trimming by our own Lindsay H. He brought along some of his own trees to illustrate and demonstrate the points he made in his presentation. Newer members found this to be a great learning opportunity, whilst the more experienced ones were still able to pick up some valuable pointers. Others were even able to contribute additional value to Lindsay’s talk. This was followed by a General Workshop with our own “team of experts” on hand to offer advice and suggestions. After the holiday break there was plenty of catch-up chatter around the room whilst the various trees that had been brought along were worked on to bring them back into shape.

One of the advantages of belonging to our Club is that members are able to take part in Nursery Trips a couple of times a year. On these Trips we can draw not only on the knowledge and experience of the staff at the various Nurseries we visit, but from our own resident club experts travelling with us. On Saturday 3rd February, we took part in the first Trip for this year. We met at Bonsai Sensation Nursery in Narre Warren, in the morning and then progressed to the Pearcedale Garden Centre, and finished the day at Plantmark in Langwarrin. Members saw a great range and variety of plants and trees and went home with purchases ranging from a few items, to in a couple of cases, almost packed cars. All were contented with what they had bought during the day and were delighted at the extremely good prices they received. Another trip is planned for later in the year to a different group of Nurseries in the southern suburbs.

Our February Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 13th will be a Workshop Night under the guidance of Craig Wilson.  The information and advice he gives is always gratefully received as it is drawn from his many years in the Nursery industry, and the wealth of knowledge and experience he has accrued during that time. He will move around the room offering  assistance to the members present about their trees.  No doubt after the extremely warm days the weather has dished up to us over recent weeks, there will be plenty of advice needed to help members care for their trees in the most appropriate way. This time of the year also particularly suits native trees, so we are expecting them to be predominant amongst those trees brought along.

The Saturday afternoon Workshop this month is on February 24th at our usual Venue in Mt Evelyn from 1:00 – 4:30pm.

March’s Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 13th will feature a presentation and demonstration by our own Howard W on Semi Cascade & Cascade styles. This will be a particularly interesting session which will benefit all.

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. You’ll be made most welcome.

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