Ed Trout was raised in Key West, Florida, and became interested in the Art of Bonsai in the early 70’s. He is a Past President & a Lifetime Member of The Gold Coast Bonsai Society, one of the first clubs established in Florida, and is an Honorary Member of several other Florida and Texas bonsai clubs. He is also a Past President, and Lifetime Member of The Bonsai Societies of Florida, a current Board Member of The American Bonsai Society, a past Board Member of The National Bonsai Foundation at The US National Arboretum, and a past Board Member of Bonsai Clubs International. Ed has contributed many articles to several different publications over the years, including Bonsai Today and Bonsai Focus, and some of his trees were used in the current Sunset Book edition on bonsai.
Ed has traveled the USA, Canada, and The Caribbean to lecture and share with others what he has learned. He has exhibited his trees at many conventions, including the 1993 World Bonsai Convention in Orlando, the 2005 World Bonsai Convention in Washington, DC , and the 2012, 2014, and 2016 National Bonsai Exhibitions in Rochester, NY, and has been invited to display trees every year in The Japanese Pavilion at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida, since 1994. He was honored to be a finalist in the 1994 Ben Oki Award, and to have trees selected in the Top 100 of The World Bonsai Contest in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2006. Although he specializes in Tropical bonsai material like buttonwood, ficus, bucida, and bougainvillea, his private collection also includes pines, junipers, and several deciduous species that all do well in his Zone 10C environment. Ed and his late wife Tina have always been very active in their local clubs.
- 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.