Ed Trout

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Florida, USA


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 of the clubs in the area, he has served two terms as president, and is a lifetime member of his local club, Gold Coast Bonsai Society, one of the oldest clubs in Florida. He is a charter member of 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 volunteers to handle BCI’s audio, visual program. In 2006 Ed was proudly elected to serve on the Board of the American Bonsai Society.

Ed has traveled the USA, Canada and the Caribbean, lecturing and teaching his art. He has been asked, each year since it’s inception in 1994 to exhibit his trees in “Japan” at EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival. His trees were exhibited in the 1993 World Convention, in Orlando, the 2005 World Convention in Washington, D.C. and have won awards at many other Florida conventions.

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.

Ed considers it an honor to be asked to share his knowledge with others and travels to programs, whenever time allows, too promote his passionate hobby.

He specializes in Tropical material like Buttonwood, Ficus, Bald Cypress, Bucida, and also works with Pines, Junipers & various deciduous species. His personal collection of 50 or so trees contains 25 different species. Ed is continually searching for new and interesting stock.

He & his wife, Tina, are very active in many Bonsai activities.


  • 1994 Finalist for the Ben Oki Award
  • 1999 Top 100 World Bonsai Contest
  • 2001 Top 100 World Bonsai Contest
  • 2002 Top 100 World Bonsai Contest
  • 2005 Top 100 World Bonsai Contest
  • 2005 Sensai Legacy Award – Bonsai Societies of Florida
  • 2006 Top 100 World Bonsai Contest
  • 2006 Presidents Award – Bonsai Societies of Florida
  • 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award – Bonsai Societies of Florida

I will drive to programs within 100 miles, with advance notice. I have, and will travel anywhere to do programs.

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