Cardiff Bonsai Club 2002
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In 2002 we again had our annual show at Dyffryn Gardens, in their marquee on the front lawn. Dyffryn Gardens is situated in the village of St Nicholas, just outside Cardiff, and was originally home to the Cory family, of shipping fame. The gardens and arboretum are open to the public during the summer, and are well worth a visit. There is also a special connection with bonsai, as it housed the earliest bonsai collection in Britain outside of London. Unfortunately this collection was lost, but in the grounds there are maples that look as if they were part of the original collection. The weather this weekend was very unsettled, with threats of strong gales and heavy rain. We were worried that it would affect attendance at the show, but in the end we had a steady stream of visitors on both Saturday and Sunday, and everyone involved had a great weekend, As can be seen from the photographs the demonstrations are always popular, both with club members, and other visitors, and the display contained a wide range of trees, with quite a few trees in flower, including the Satsuki Azaleas.
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A cotoneaster in full flower for the show
Next, some pictures of club members enjoying themselves and getting involved in the demonstrations
Finally, Mario busy at his desk before the start of the show.