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23631 AL Hwy 24 Trinity, AL

Living Art Bonsai Society

Goals of the
Living Art Bonsai Society

To promote knowledge, interest, education, and the enjoyment of bonsai and other living plant materials.

To encourage members’ collections and exhibitions of bonsai.

To develop learning opportunities to assist members in the preparation and care of bonsai.

To raise awareness of bonsai in the community through public service communications and operations as well as demonstrations to the general public.

If you are interested in learning more, would like to visit us, or are interested in becoming a member, please attend one of our meetings! 

Check out the details on the Meeting Schedule  page for information about
our next scheduled meeting or contact an Officer in the Society.

Living Art Bonsai Society is a registered Non-Profit organization.

A Message from Our President Mr. Terry

Summer deepens and high temperatures continue to stress our trees, water them and protect them from the direct intense summer sun.

We at the Living Art Bonsai Society have an amazing resource that is I am sure, not unique to our group. During the warm weather months, one Saturday a month we gather at a local meeting place to participate in a work session. Both newer, and experienced members attend these sessions. Newer members find it to be an excellent source of knowledge. More experienced members bring trees and share constructive criticism and ideas about the next step in attaining the perfect bonsai. The novice finds the resources to be invaluable. The experienced gain confidence and additional experience as they often answer a myriad of questions. All would do well to remember the old adage “it’s better to learn from someone else’s mistakes”. And we can all attest to that, if you are an experienced Bonsai artist you have made many mistakes and sadly have killed a few innocent trees.        

(By the way the perfect Bonsai does not exist, someone somewhere can find something that could improve the tree). It is my firm belief if it looks good to you then it’s a nice tree.

Find a bonsai group, attend meetings, set up work sessions, learn from one another and whisper as we train them “little tree be all you can be”. On our website you will find photos of our recent work session. Enjoy our website as it continues to improve, and we add additional information. 

Phil Terry
President LABS

Current Trees that you may find in our collections


Boxwood (Buxus) are very robust and can grow even on barren ground, in fu ll sun or shade. As boxwoods tolerate constant trimming very well and can bud from old wood, they are very well suited for bonsai.


One of the best bonsai trees for beginners is the Bald Cypress, or Taxodium distichum. A member of the Redwood family, Taxodiaceae, it is a primary tree species & can reach heights of 100-120′ with a trunk diameter typically between 3-5′.


Azaleas can be trained for either flowers or bonsai but not really for both. Azaleas trained primarily for flowers usually have a shrubby appearance – Azaleas bloom in various colors and are an ideal species for bonsai.


The Chinese elm is a very popular choice of Bonsai for beginners, as it is a strong tree that reacts well to pruning and can be kept outdoors as well as indoors. The fine ramification, tiny leaves and beautiful bark are characteristics most loved for this tree species.

Kingsville Boxwood
Buxus Microphylla Forest
Style: Rock Over Rock
Age: 8 years
In Training: 3 years

Bald Cypress
Taxodium distictum
Style: Formal Upright
Age: 18 years
In Training: 13 years

Satsuki Azalea
Rhododendrum indicum
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 40 years
In Training: 30 years

Lacebark Elm
Ulmus parvifolia
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 100+ years
In Training: 100+ years

         events or SHOWS

     Next events

2o July 2024


  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 23631 AL Hwy 24. Trinity, AL
  • Monthly Meeting Class – Free

“My Favorite Tree” presentation by Tom Pendergrass

17 Aug 2024


  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 23631 AL Hwy 24. Trinity, AL
  • Monthly Meeting Class – Free

“Principles of Design and Creating movement” by Tom Pendergrass

21 Sep 2024


  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 23631 AL Hwy 24. Trinity, AL
  • Monthly Meeting Class – Free

“Work Session – My Favorite tree” presentation by TBD

12-13 Oct

Saturday & Sunday

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 23631 AL Hwy 24. Trinity, AL
  • Entrance Fee for workshop

Workshop with Shannon Salyer of Kusa Farms Bonsai. 
Free presentation on creating kusamono. 
Kusamono workshop $30, Shohin workshop $55