Ta-da! The unveiling of the Portland Bonsai Village logo! And since we now have a logo (designed by Jane Pellicciotto)—and there is some vague reality to this wild idea—the time is ripe to tell you a bit more about what is planned for the Village…
For those new to the idea of the Village, it’s a group of bonsai professionals in the Portland, Oregon area who rather like it here and want to share it with others. Most particularly, we’d like to share our backyards, our bonsai art, our teaching, and our love of community with you. And we have several ways to share that with you, all linked together by our Village Tours.
On a Tour you’ll be off on a grand leafy adventure—sort of like a winery tour but with great bonsai. The Tours link one professionals’ nursery to another. You’ll get to choose which studios or nurseries you’ll visit, and at each one you may produce your Village passport and have it stamped. Then you’ll have several opportunities—buy something, take a short class, or simply enjoy the bonsai. And then you’ll be off to the next destination.
Who is a Villager? A few of our Villagers are Michael Hagedorn, Ryan Neil, Randy Knight, Telperion Farms, Dan Robinson, and the Pacific Rim Collection. There are more than 8 possible bonsai destinations in total at this time, and more are coming in the future. With so many options, your Village Tour may last an afternoon or three days.
Tours will be available for set dates such as during the Artisans Cup of Portland Bonsai Exhibition, as well as for small group and private tours that may be organized throughout the calendar year. We’re hoping to launch our first tours in the spring of 2013.
That’s the short version! A much longer version will be online soon giving details. In essence, we’re trying to make your bonsai experience interactive, playful, and meaningful. Hence the Village Tours. Welcome!