The first attempt to start a club in Cardiff was made by a Mr Colin
Eyres in 1981. There is, in the club library a copy of a leaflet on
bonsaiwhich was taken from a British Bonsai Association club booklet,
with a sticker on it saying Cardiff Bonsai Society, Chairman Founder and
Editor, C.Eyres, with the address 70 Coed Cochwyn, Llanishen, Cardiff.
The club petered out, due to lack of support, but there was still a need
for a club this side of the Bristol Channel.
The next attempt was made by Carl Terry and John Sanger, in
association with the Majoes. Notices were posted in garden centres and
put in the local newspapers, and the first meeting was held in the Beulah
Church Hall, Rhiwbina in Sept 1989. 20 members were signed up.
Dan Barton was invited to talk in Nov 1989, and there was almost
immediately a membership list of 54 people, many of whom are still
members. The club's instant success proves that there was a need.
There have been quite a few fluctuations to the fortunes of the club,
based mainly on the number of members. Other clubs started in South
Wales, and the membership was split, dropping the number of members
in Cardiff to about 20, and making it more difficult to survive. In 1993
problems started to occur, and Mick & Barbara introduced us to the
Bethel Church Hall in Whitchurch, and we have been pleased to meet
there since June 1993.
In 2012 Cardiff Bonsai Club was part of the organizing group for
Bonsai in Wales at Tredegar House, which was a national event,
staging some of the best trees in the country, and holding demos
of international standard. This was the third major show held in Wales
and there was an emphasis on trees of Welsh origin. The support and
enthusiastic participation of the bonsai fraternity made this a very
successful and enjoyable event.
In 2013 the National Trust took over the running of Dyffryn Gardens
and there was some uncertainty about our annual show, but after
a late arrangement being made, we did have a show at the gardens
2014 was another year of change, we moved to the Scout Hall at Christchurch,
on Lake Rd North, adjacent to Roath Park, with a vacancy for a Tuesday
booking, so we changed not only our venue but the evening on which
In 2018 we didn't hold our show at Dyffryn Gardens for the first time
since 2000. We put our efforts towards a larger show at the Riverfront
in Newport, which was a spectacular venue. In 2019 we our Roath Park
which worked surprisingly well - we we had a steady stream of visitors
and everyone enjoyed the day on August Bank Holiday Saturday.
Then Covid and a long gap and 2022 we are at St Isan Church Hall Llanishen.