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Juniper Bonsai Stolen From Pacific Bonsai Musuem
« on: May 19, 2015, 12:21 AM »
This is bad news, but be on the look-out:

Bonsai Stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum
For Immediate Release
DATE: May 18, 2015
CONTACT: Kathy McCabe, Executive Director, 253-353-7356,
FEDERAL WAY, WA—On Monday, May 18, at approximately 4:20 am, a bonsai, estimated to be worth thousands of dollars, was stolen from the public display at Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, Washington. The missing tree, a 60 year old San Jose Juniper, has been a part of the Museum since its opening in 1989.
“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.” Aarin Packard, Curator, Pacific Bonsai Museum.
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 loss will be greatest for the tens of thousands of visitors annually who were able to experience the wonder of living art by viewing this San Jose Juniper bonsai. Information leading to the recovery of this artwork should be forwarded to
About Pacific Bonsai Museum
The Pacific Bonsai Museum features outstanding bonsai from the Pacific Rim nations of Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States. There are 100 trees in the collection, 60 on display to the public at any given time. The museum is of the few museums in the world dedicated solely to the living art of bonsai.
Many of the Museum’s trees are well known to those familiar with the art form, having been featured in books and magazines. Several of the trees have won awards for quality and many are the work of nationally or internationally known artists.
Free and open to the public six days a week, this cultural gem offers contemporary and traditional exhibits, group tours, education and special events. Open 10am-4pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Kathy McCabe I Executive Director
Pacific Bonsai Museum


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Re: Juniper Bonsai Stolen From Pacific Bonsai Musuem
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 03:26 AM »
Truly hope they catch the guy who took it.



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Re: Juniper Bonsai Stolen From Pacific Bonsai Musuem
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 02:17 PM »
According to their Facebook page, it was returned but after having been pruned.  I'm not sure the pot was returned (judging from the picture).

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Re: Juniper Bonsai Stolen From Pacific Bonsai Musuem
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 09:45 PM »
  How did they get it out of the secure area? The dirty bastards. Did someone get to prune the culprit? Rotten bugger!


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Re: Juniper Bonsai Stolen From Pacific Bonsai Musuem
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2015, 11:40 PM »
I don't have the link. But if any one is close to the mueseum they will be showing the tree for one day. To celebrate its return I think. Along with some other events like a showing of karate kid.
If any one go post pics.