Next Event

Saturday 20th August at 9.30am
at Bud Garden Centre.

Bud Garden Centre, Bunratty – click here for details

Click here for directions to Bud Garden Centre

We were unable to hold meetings during Covid-19 although we did manage to have an informal gathering on 1st August, 2020. As restrictions have begun to be lifted we are now able to have meetings again and held our first one in July 2021.

If you are interested in learning about Bonsai and talking to like-minded people then pop along and see what we're all about. You can stay as long or as short as you like and if you would like to bring a Bonsai with you then that would be great. It can either be a tree that you're particularly proud of or it can be one that you need help with.

Hopefully meetings will continue, once a month, at Bud Garden Centre at Bunratty Village Mills, Bunratty, County Clare and are headed up by Bud's owner, Ray Egan. Meetings cover absolutely everything you need to know about keeping your Bonsai healthy.

bud bonsai group meeting

Topics include:
•  Selecting suitable trees to train into Bonsai
•  What to look for when buying a Bonsai
•  Wiring
•  Repotting
•  Suitable pots
•  Feeding
•  Adding nutrients
•  Watering
•  Pruning
•  Tools
•  Pinching
and much much more.

Meetings are held on a Saturday from 10am till 4pm but you can pop in and out as often as you like throughout the day.

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Bud Bonsai group meeting                   

Meeting held on 21st May, 2022

Carrying on from the March meeting we were shown how to defolitate - both fully and partial - our Maples


Meeting held on 27th March, 2022

The main theme of this meeting was to learn how to pinch out buds on Maples and we were also shown how to repot a maple.



Meeting held on 12th March, 2022

We concentrated on repotting some of our trees as March is the window for carrying this task out. Some trees were repotted in the same pot (having trimmed the roots) whilst others were put into new pots. On Steven's photos you will see him air layering a Bonsai.

General Photos








Meeting held on 30th October, 2021


Meeting held on 25th September, 2021


Meeting held on 28th August, 2021


Meeting held on 24th July, 2021

As restrictions have been considerably lifted we were able to hold our first meeting of 2021 where 13 Bonsai enthusiasts met up at Bud Garden Centre. Ray Egan went through some of our trees individually to offer help and suggestions and then we started to work on our trees if required. We also learnt a lot from each other about our Bonsai and it was an informal, friendly and informative meeting.


Informal meeting/workshop – 11th July, 2020

As restrictions have gradually been lifted, following Covid-19, a few of us met up in the garden of one of our members (Shane) to have an informal hands-on. We have touch a couple of trees and helped each other to do work on them to prepare them for the Bonsai Gathering to be held at Bud Garden Centre on 1st August, 2020.


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