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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

Welcome to all. We at LABS are very pleased at again being able to present a useful website to all members of the bonsai community.

We as bonsai artists, are a bit impartial when we discuss this wonderful and interesting hobby. 

The Living Art Bonsai Society’s annual show will held next month on June 1st and 2nd at Bennett’s Nursery in Huntsville Alabama. Everyone is invited to stop by, visit with us and view our efforts in growing these little trees .

We have persevered in growing little trees and sharing this wonderful art. This website endeavors to provide up to date and useful information in the art of bonsai. We will be including contact information here and we solicit your input for site improvements and or any bonsai related topic you’d like to see here.
Summer begins and our little trees are growing rapidly. As one interested in bonsai, we’re sure you realize very seldom do we encourage rapid growth (internode length) (the distance between buds on branches). We control this growth through branch pruning, root pruning, nutrient control among other characteristics of plant growth.

Imagine a small forest on your patio. We often talk to our little trees as we work with them. They are our friends as we work with them. Oops too much information. The art of bonsai is a great hobby. Pick up a small tree and learn this art. Better yet join a bonsai group, (such as ours) and learn from their mistakes.

It’s great to see you folks here. Feel free to roam our website, enjoy the information here and enjoy the many photos of our bonsai show trees. The images are zoomable, a great way to see our techniques. Unfortunately, you will be able to also see the microscopic errors that we make from time to time. Come back often as we pursue site improvements and endeavor to create a resource for those interested in bonsai.

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

1 June


  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Bennett Nursery
    7002 Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL
  • Free entrance

Living Art Bonsai Society (LABS) Spring Show.

2 June


  • 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Bennett Nursery
    7002 Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL
    Free Entrance

Living Art Bonsai Society (LABS) Spring Show.

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