Who We Are...

The Purpose of the Cleveland Bonsai Club

The purpose of the Cleveland Bonsai Club is to study the development of trees and shrubs as Bonsai, and to share the joy of a close, ongoing connection to nature in the creation and nurture of these living works of art.

Bonsai is a continual learning experience, and the Club provides a setting for people of all ages, from beginners to skilled designers, to participate in the rewarding pursuit of this lasting beauty.

Cleveland Bonsai Club History

The Cleveland Bonsai Club is the second oldest English-speaking Bonsai club in the United States. It was founded in 1956 by a group of about half a dozen individuals who shared similar horticultural interests. Some of these people held high level positions at the original Cleveland Garden Center, now known worldwide as the Cleveland Botanic Garden Center. The Club's first president, Mr. Alex Appanius, was then the assistant director of the Cleveland Garden Center

Over the years the CBC grew into one of the most successful and prestigious clubs of its kind, with more than 125 members at one point, and earning recognition in Bonsai circles worldwide.

The Cleveland Bonsai Club has had the distinction of having several Bonsai Masters in our midst from early on. One such Master was Mr. Keith Scott, who joined the club in 1963. Under his wing several members flourished and developed their skills as apprentices, later achieving master skill levels. At present we have about six such individuals in our membership.

The CBC has been associated with the Cleveland Botanic Gardens from the beginning and is currently also associated with the Rockefeller Park Garden Greenhouse. We are also affiliated with the National Bonsai Foundation and Bonsai Clubs International.