GLH partners around the world
On this 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, when words no longer suffice, GLH team simply decided to share with our partners worldwide glimpses of some of the Hibaku-jumoku closest to us. These splendid A-bombed trees, and their descendants, are our collective hope, and as peace ambassadors from Hiroshima they continue to disseminate their message of caution and hope for our beautiful, fragile and common planet.
With you in thought – Nassrine, Yuko, Jenny and Taiga
From left to right,
① Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica), Motomachi riverbank of the Ota River, ㉞ Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica), Eastern foot of Tsurumi Bridge, ⑦ Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus melliodora), Hiroshima Castle
The numbers refer to Trees in Hiroshima
Green Legacy Hiroshima has been going strong. Please check below for some recent and moving coverage, including a beautiful BBC World piece in Spanish writing of our co-founder Tomoko Watanabe and her mother (an atomic bomb survivor) as well as our partners in Chile and Columbia. We have also added, thanks to GLH friends, a rough English translation of the National Bulgarian Radio interview with GLH.
BBC World piece in Spanish (Spanish) ⇒https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-53610612
National Bulgarian Radio (Bulgarian) ⇒https://bnr.bg/post/101322464
English translation; http://glh.unitar.org/site/assets/files/1578/english_translation-_national_bulgarian_radio_2305843009382528403.pdf
BBC Radio interview with Tomoko Watanabe and Nassrine Azimi (6th August 2020)⇒ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08n6623
Partners in Profile September 2020 Entry features Tiziana Volta, Activist, Italy
Partners in Profile August 2020 Entry features Gareth Evans, Former Australian Foreign Minister, Distinguished Honorary Professor at The Australian National University
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Midpoint Planting Ceremony
See here for 2019-2020 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.
Leiden Botanical Garden - August 2020
Dr. Rinny Kooi, our inspiring partner based in Leiden, offered a Diospyros Kaki to Mr. Dolf van Eendenburg, Head of Peace Palace Garden Services, at the commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Seattle Japanese Garden - July 2020
Article “A Legacy of Peace, Planted in Our Garden" was published in the Seattle Japanese Garden's blog post and the Washington Park Arboretum's magazine.
The SJG became a GLH global partner as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations. Seeds of five different species among the Hiroshima hibaku jumoku - Camellia, Celtis, Diospyros, Ginkgo, and Ilex—are being nurtured at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. We look forward from across the Pacific Ocean to seeing these saplings planted, and flourishing in their beautiful surroundings, reminding us all of the gifts of peace, resilience, and friendships.
Umuco Mwiza School - July 2020
Thanks to diligent care by students of the Umuco Mwiza School in Rwanda, the Hiroshima persimmon saplings are thriving well under the hot climate.
Westmount Park United Church and Dawson College - July 2020
Overcoming the cold winter in Canada, the tree from the first set of Ginkgo seeds dispatched in 2017 to Westmount Park United Church, thanks to our wonderful partners there, is now thriving
Seattle Japanese Garden - June 2020
Here is a photo of seedlings of Gingko biloba, Diospyros kaki (Japanese persimmon), and Celtis sinensis var. japonica (Japanese hackberry) in the University of Washington Botanic Gardens greenhouse. Propagated from Green Legacy Hiroshima seeds, the young trees will eventually become part of the plant collection at the Seattle Japanese Garden, within the Washington Park Arboretum. Seattle’s Japanese Garden is honored to join Green Legacy Hiroshima’s global partnership. (Photo by Ray Larson)
Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects/ Botanical Gardens Network (BG-Net) - May 2020
The first webinar of BG-Net was held via Zoom on 14/15 May. It brought together team members from Kabul, Paktia and Bamyan, Colombo and Beijing, from Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Beppu, and in the United States from North Carolina, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and California. Truly the love of plants is a global affair! For summary of the webinar and video clips of the interventions, please go to https://www.edenseminars.org/workshops/botanical-gardens-network-afghanistan-project-planning-webinar.
San Diego Botanic Garden - May 2020
GLH Coordinator Nassrine Azimi visited the little Ginkgo donated by her mother on behalf of GLH to the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas, California. It is looking superbly healthy, and will be planted in soil in about two years. SDBG Curator, Jeremy Bugarchich, is in the picture with the Ginkgo.
Seattle Japanese Garden - May 2020
GLH's wonderful partner Susan Ott from Seattle just sent us a photo collage, tracing the growth of Hibaku Ginkgo seeds over three weeks at the Seattle Japanese Garden. We will keep following up on the seedlings' growth and, hopefully, have a timeline documenting the creation of new lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken many lives and disrupted life as we knew it. It has, however, made us more attuned to the resilience and beauty of Nature, and the human spirit.
Click the picture on the right to see the full collage
Hiroshima University - April 2020
Thanks to Professor Shin-ichi Uye, GLH friend and Committee member, a second-generation survivor Aogiri (Chinese Parasol) was planted on the campus of Hiroshima University. The official ceremony, to plant all species of Hibaku Jumoku and creating the ’Small Peace Path’ on campus was canceled. But this did not stop our devoted Prof. Uye from marking this special week — and Earth Day — by planting this lone sapling. It shall hopefully soon be joined by its many other friends!
Picture #3 is from Earth Day Planting at Tembusu College, Singapore, in 2014 with Professor Uye on the right.