Northwest Asian Weekly
A bonsai, estimated to be worth thousands of dollars, was stolen from the public display at Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, on Monday, May 18, at approximately 4:20 am. The tree, a 60-year-old San Jose Juniper, has been a part of the museum since its opening in 1989. The tree was returned after a poignant plea from the museum’s curator:
“This is a tremendous loss, not only to our collection but there is a strong likelihood that the tree will perish. This tree has been cared for every day for over 60 years, and if that daily care doesn’t continue the tree will die. These living works of art are the result of the care provided by multiple generations. However, it’s not too late for it be returned, no questions asked, so we can make sure this tree will be around for another 60 years,” said Aarin Packard.
The Pacific Bonsai Museum, located on the Weyerhaeuser Company Campus in Federal Way, WA, is one of the top bonsai collections in the world. Established by the Weyerhaeuser Company in 1989, the Museum is now a nonprofit organization, operating on land leased from the Weyerhaeuser Company.
The stolen bonsai was part of the collection on display to the public. The theft took place inside the secure exhibit area. The tree was recovered approximately two miles from the museum, due to a tip. According to Packard, “The thieves severely pruned the tree, drastically changing its appearance.” (end)
Peggy Chapman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.