Restoring the Theatre Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

Edith Adie watercolour of the Theatre Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

This year we're fundraising to restore the bonsai collection to the Theatre Garden. The collection adorned the stage over a hundred years ago and its reinstatement will add new life to the garden.

Reinstating a historical collection

Over a hundred years ago a large collection of 50 bonsai trees adorned the stage of the Theatre Garden, containing many species it filled this area with form and vibrant colour.

We're fundraising to reinstate this collection ready for summer 2021. We need to raise £20,000 this year to acquire many different species of bonsai that will withstand the Welsh climate along with a variety of plant pots in an array of colours and designs. 

Historical records

Dyffryn does not own any original documents or manuscripts relating to the garden. After the last member of the family died all records were destroyed.

We do however have access to a selection of photographs taken in the 1910s and 1920s which are held by the Glamorgan Archives and a series of watercolour paintings by Edith Adie from 1920. These are owned by the RHS Lindley Library.

We are using these fragments of history to piece together the look and feel of the garden. Although we can assume some artistic flair these watercolours are invaluable in determining the style of the garden.

How to get involved

To restore the collection we need to raise £20,000. Any donation you can give us, large or small would make a dramatic difference to our gardens for generations to come.

Please donate today.

Edith Adie watercolour of the Theatre Garden at Dyffryn Gardens

Help us revive Dyffryn's Theatre Garden 

Help us reinstate a missing bonsai collection that graced the gardens a hundred years ago.