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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 Hub 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: YVBS 2022 Show will be held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May at the Chirnside Park Hub. Download Show Flyer here!

The YVBS Bonsai Show for 2022 has been confirmed for 28th and 29th May at the Chirnside Park Community Hub. We just squeaked the 2021 Show in before Covid lockdown, so let’s hope that things run much smoother this year. The above link contains a promotional flyer with additional details.
In May, bonsai trees continue to grow, albeit slower than other times of the year. With the arrival of some cooler days and the colder nights that we are currently experiencing, it appears that they have finally got the message that it’s Autumn. Some deciduous trees are showing signs of putting on their “colourful coats” of fiery red or golden yellow, and the foliage on the other species has freshened up after the warmth of summer dried some of them out. It’s great to see our bonsais are doing the same as their larger “cousins”. Deciduous trees that have been kept in sheltered positions over summer can now be brought out into the open for a little sunshine. This will encourage autumn colour throughout the foliage. Remember also to turn your bonsai pots around fortnightly if they are in an area where they get uneven light. This will ensure that branches and next year’s buds will develop more evenly around the tree. Other tasks you’ve employed over summer to protect your trees can be relaxed a little now too, but they still need constant attention.
The April Monthly Meeting featured a presentation by special guest demonstrator Chris Xepapas, a Visiting Tutor with the AABC and a bonsai professional from Tasmania. He demonstrated initial styling techniques on two Japanese Black Pines, with the assistance of Nock and Simon.  This was a very well-presented, entertaining and informative demonstration that was well-appreciated by all attending members .
The upcoming May monthly meeting will be a Show Preparation Workshop.  Bring along your Show trees for a final “tune up” or for advice and assistance.
The May Saturday afternoon Workshop will be cancelled this year due to the overlapping Show date.
We look forward to catching up with you at our Show or somewhere in the “world of bonsai” in 2022.