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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 7.30pm, 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 2-4:30 pm also at UYCH.

For membership enquiries contact 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. 

Club Meeting 2016 04 LATEST NEWS: The Spring is here! And our plants are springing back to life from the winter dormancy. As the weather warms up the trees are quick to respond and start pushing out the strong spring growth. That busy repotting season has turned into a busy maintenance season and for those with species like Japanese maples, pinching shoots early means shorter internodes and more compact trees.

Our August meeting featured Michael Simonetto with a presentation on cedars. While busy styling a demonstration cedar he was sharing his styling and growing knowledge to the members in attendance. Importance of sketching your ideas ahead and styling choices specific to the species were discussed.

The next event in our Bonsai Calendar is a club lead Nursery Trip on Saturday the 10th of September. It is a great opportunity to visit bonsai and wholesale garden nurseries as a group. Advice and help is always on hand about the suitability of different species grown as a bonsai from other club members. Every now and then a bargain or a tree with great potential is spotted and snapped up, and by the end of the day some car boots are brimming with new purchases (even those that say that they have no more room in the collection).

The monthly meeting is the AGM on Tuesday the 13th of September, free trees will again be distributed for those attending like last year. It would be great to see some of the last year’s trees progress so please bring them in so we can see how they are developing. Display table is Japanese Maples and Members choice.

Our monthly workshop will be on Saturday the 24th of September. 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