Man’s “pride and joy” bonsai, which is worth thousands, stolen from his garden

The producer, a 68-year-old man from Mount Albert, is "sorry" to have lost its plants.


The farmer, a 68-year-old man from Mount Albert, is “heartbroken” over the loss of his plants.

An Auckland man lost “years of his heart and soul” after more than 40 of his bonsai trees were stolen from his Mount Albert home.

The son of man, Nick Yu, is appealing to the public to help find the miniature trees, which are worth thousands of dollars to buy but are worth even more to the devoted and heartbroken producer.

In a public Facebook post, Yu, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, said 29 plants were stolen in the early hours of Sunday morning. The thieves returned the next day and took about 15 more.

Yu said his father, 68, was “a passionate student of the art of bonsai for over 30 years.”

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“He fed these miniature trees every day as if they were his own children. Watch them grow inch by inch and slowly sculpt them over the years.

“He proudly displayed them around the house and invited his friends and family to enjoy them.

“They were his pride and joy, masterpieces that took him decades to grow. They also brought him joy and [a] sense of accomplishment in these difficult times of Covid lockdown. “

The owner's son says his father


The owner’s son says his father “fed these miniature trees every day as if they were his own children.”

Yu said her parents were not materialistic people.

“The house has been broken into several times, and they don’t think about it,” he said. “But these trees mean a lot to my father. I am absolutely overwhelmed by their loss.

He said the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for and chose the most prized plants.

The man from Mount Albert has been studying the art of bonsai for over 30 years.


The man from Mount Albert has been studying the art of bonsai for over 30 years.

It was “years of her heart and soul taken overnight because of someone’s senseless greed.”

“My dad is the type with a half-full glass – he always teaches me to see the bright side. He said, “At least they didn’t take everything” and pointed out some beautiful plants that remained.

Moira, of the Auckland Bonsai Society, said the theft was “a real problem for all bonsai growers”. She declined to give her last name for security reasons and advised other growers to make sure their plants were not visible to the street.


Forty-six bonsai plants, along with pots and pumps, were stolen from a Christchurch garden center on Boxing Day.

“We have such a hard time for him,” she said. “It will be his life’s work. He took care of them for 20, 30 years.

“I really hope someone is good enough to make them look good.”

New Zealand gardener Editor Jo McCarroll said bonsai “regularly change hands for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.”

“” It’s terrible to think that someone just walked away with all these years of meticulous care. ”

Police confirmed receiving a burglary report and were investigating.

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