Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of the best public bonsai gardens in the US.  It was previously called the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, owned by the Weyerhauser company. Last year, the whole collection was transferred to and under the care of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and was renamed the Pacific Bonsai Museum. It is located in Federal Way, about 25 miles south of Seattle, Washington.  The collection had been curated by David de Groot for the last 25 years since the collection started, but he had recently retired.  Majority of the trees are displayed outdoor on concrete benches with large beige color walls as backdrops, similar to displays in a bonsai show but on a much more expansive scale. Tropical bonsai are kept in a greenhouse. Besides Japanese bonsai, the collection tries to include representative bonsai and penjing from other countries, such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada and bonsai by US artists; it, therefore, provides a broad perspective of the art, befitting a museum. The garden is in a wooded area, the atmosphere is tranquil; one can sit back and quietly enjoy the bonsai.


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