Please support the Portland Bonsai Village

Michael Hagedorn


The Portland Bonsai Village has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for our new programs. If you don’t know about Indiegogo, it’s like the alternative, quirky version of Kickstarter. The Village has always been a grassroots endeavor, and today we’re seeking your support to grow our grassy shoots a wee bit higher.


We’re creating the first bonsai community outside of Japan where I live in Portland, Oregon to better share bonsai to the greater community, with programs that stretch from Village bonsai classes for serious aficionados, to a CO-OP offering bonsai products made here, to bringing bonsai into classrooms to nurture the seed of beauty and responsibility in youth. And this campaign is the beginning of that dream.

Here’s our short introductory video on the Indiegogo site, featuring Matt Reel, Bobby Curttright, and myself (which clearly proves that we’re not actors posing as bonsai artists):

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Expensive bonsai stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum recovered – The Seattle Times‏

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SEATTLE – A 60-year old bonsai worth several thousand dollars that was stolen from the Pacific Bonsai Museum has been recovered.

Bonsai3 The tree before the theft. Photo: Pacific Bonsai Museum

The “work of living art,” which was found Wednesday morning a few miles from the museum, had been severely pruned but will likely live, according to museum curator Aarin Packard.The tree, stolen Monday, was found after the museum received a tip about its location and notified police, said Kathy McCabe, Executive Director of the Pacific Bonsai Museum.

McCabe said in a telephone interview that museum officials do not know who took the tree or why, but it “looks like it was cared for and then abandoned.” The gardener who had been caring for the tree – which was donated by bonsai artist Mas Moriguchi – for two decades told McCabe the tree’s disappearance was emotional and had felt like “losing…

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