Portland Bonsai Village gets on the design board…

The Portland Bonsai Village is being built! Well…not of lumber, really, but with big ideas and cool programs. In the meantime, here’s a wonky prelude…

Take a look at this virtual tour of possible Villages. Vote for your favorite! Or suggest alternatives…

Although I’m not sure we can deliver on the dinosaurs, our planning team was quite taken with the idea of terraced bonsai growing fields, with a big fan to keep bugs and frost away. Very nice.

Our second option is a bit remote, reached only by donkey on a rather narrow path. Somewhat monastic. Bonsai yogis will appreciate.

The perfect Village design for those deeply worried about attacking aficionados with greatly differing views on bonsai aesthetics.

Deeply woo-woo, very Portland, definitely some farm-to-table restaurant possibilities. Roof-top bonsai gardens. For those who prefer the newest trends.

Not sure if this was in a construction phase or a deconstruction phase. Will inquire. Likely to have a fair number of curious goats. Tall bonsai fences a must.

Chagall thought a village should look like this. Complete with goats.

This version is likely to be popular, since it’s assumed most visitors to the Portland Bonsai Village would be coming here primarily for romance.

Well, let us know what you think.

Stay tuned for a more substantive post in the near future offering a glimpse of what’s ACTUALLY being planned for the Portland Bonsai Village. Nothing with goats or tall fences, just for clarification…

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  1. Dan W. says:

    I vote for the first one…. but the dinosaurs are a must! — Well… .at least a scorpion or two…

  2. mybabyciv says:

    hahaha! can’t wait for it!

  3. Carol Upston says:

    Thanks, you really put a smile on my face.

  4. zack clayton says:

    As long as you can reach to the back of a terrace growing area from the one below it, this is a possibility. good for AMA accessibility issues.

  5. Mary Miller says:

    “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” Julia Cameron


  6. saruyama says:

    As long as the village has a Y in it, everyone will be happy. Doo do doo…

  7. I kinda like the hobbit house. Minus the goats. I love goats. But my bonsai fear them.

  8. Anita Buckowing says:

    I too vote for the first one. The terraces are very cool and efficient too.
    And I would think prehistoric goats would HAVE to be included. Think how handy they would be to climb the terraced hills.

    Reminder to all – the 2013 Michigan All-State Bonsai Show is May 11 & 12, 2013. Guest artist is Ryan Neil and the location is the world famous Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (www.meijergardens.org).
    I hope to see you there!
    Anita Buckowing
    2013 Co-Chair
    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents the
    2013 Michigan All-State Bonsai Show
    May 11 & 12, 2013

  9. Graham says:

    I like the first one…..but use a pacific north west background, the terraces are the rich valleys that abound and the dinosaurs should be the ancient mountain trees that make it their home…….I think we need to leave a legacy of our natural ecosystem specimens ………as we may need their genetics for future survival issues with global warming……and lets use local native “accents” πŸ™‚
    Cheers Graham

  10. Jason Gross says:

    Prefer the crystal in the sky…you could control your environment…and who visits you…very clean…control you aesthetic…hmmmm

  11. minxuslynxus says:

    Oh nooooo, way too late to vote πŸ™‚ I would have loved a Bonsai Village In The Sky. Great ideas you have. Good luck for your amazing project!

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