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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 Upper Yarra Community House (formerly Morrisons)at Old Hereford Road in Mount Evelyn (Melway Ref 118 B8 or see map here).  Monthly meetings usually begin with a Review/Overview session at 7.00pm, 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 2-5 pm also at UYCH.

For membership enquiries contact info@yarravalleybonsai.org.au or download an application form and send it the PO Box listed above.  Better yet, bring it along to the next meeting or workshop. Though membership has its benefits, such as substantial discounts at selected nurseries and other businesses of interest, visitors are always welcome. 

LATEST NEWS: February and March were packed with numerous club activities. It started with our first nursery trip of the year covering Bonsai Sensation Nursery, Pearcedale Garden Centre and the Plantmark Wholesale Nursery, it was a great turnout and the weather served us well if not a little bit hot.

Our monthly meeting in February was a Workshop night with experienced members on hand to provide advice on the future directions of our trees. It is always good to bring in that tree or two that have been puzzling you for a while with decisions on the future of the tree or just whether to keep that branch or not.

A few of our members took the opportunity in early March to attend the Bonsai Week at NBPCA in Canberra, it was the first time that this event has been put on and it was well organised. The visiting Bonsai Artist was Pavel Slovak from the Czech Republic. Watching him work on trees at the workshops was an amazing experience that stoked the fire of bonsai passion in many attendees.

The March meeting featured Mark Ludlow with a presentation on cascades, the insightful presentation revealed that there were more styles of cascade trees than expected.

The sale day was held on the 13th of March, it was a great success thanks to numerous club members that chipped in with setup and packing up. There were plenty of bargains on offer and a lot of smiling faces at the end of the day.

The bonsai calendar is again filled with Shows and Displays across the state for the Easter weekend, Waverley Bonsai Club has a display at the Garden Show in Carlton Gardens, Mornington Peninsula Bonsai Club has their exhibition in Mount Martha as well as the Bendigo Bonsai Club in Bendigo.

Our monthly workshop will be on Saturday 2nd of April due to the Easter Weekend. Venue for all club meetings/events is Upper Yarra Community House (formerly Morrisons) in Mt Evelyn. Contact Rudi on 0418 369 852 or Lindsay on 0403 800 671 for enquiries, or email yarravalleybonsai@gmail.com.