The Bonsai of Ed Trout
Bonsai and photographs by Ed Trout.
Ed's love of nature, which he attributes to having grown up in Key West, Florida, inspired him to become interested in bonsai when first introduced to it in the early 70's.
A member of many clubs in the area, he has served two terms as president, is a lifetime member of his local club, Gold Coast Bonsai Society which is one of the oldest clubs in Florida and is also a charter member of the Chishiki Gawa Study Group. He is past president of Bonsai Societies of Florida, a board member of the National Bonsai Foundation at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C., as well as a board member of Bonsai Clubs International and the American Bonsai Society. Ed has traveled the USA, Canada and the Caibbean, lecturing and teaching his art. He has been asked each year since its inception in 1994 to exhibit his trees in "Japan" at EPCOT's Flower and Garden Festival. His trees were exhibited in the 1993 World Convention in Orlando, the 2005 World Convention in Washington D.C. and at many other Florida conventions.
Ed was extremely honored to have had one of his trees selected in the top 100 of the world in the JAL World Bonsai Contest, not only for 1999, but for 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 as well. He was also a finalist in 1994 for the coveted Ben Oki International Design Award. Ed has appeared on several local television programs and was asked to do a bonsai program for PBS-Tv, "At Gardens Gate", filmed at Cypress Gardens in 1999.
An avid writer, he has contributed numerous articles over the years to many different bonsai publications. Several of his trees were used as examples of tropical bonsai in the new Sunset Bonsai book edition. He recently authored a booklet titled "Bonsai, Before and After" for the American Bonsai Society.
He and his wife Tina are very active in many bonsai activities.