Thanks to efforts of Michael McCue, GLH partner, a string of second generation Hiroshima survivor trees growing across the Northeast, braving the elements along with the rest of us—as succinctly described by our friends at St. Anselm College, New Hampshire
'Like everything else up here it (the Ginkgo) had spring drought, summer heat, and fall drowning, but it’s doing fine!'
Thanks to the untiring efforts of GLH partner Michael McCue, gingko saplings were planted at Saint Anselm College and on the grounds of Tufts University.
On May 9, Avon marked Arbor Day with the presentation of ginkgo saplings by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston's Deputy Consul General Nobuyuki Watanabe and Mr. Michael McCue, mayor of Avon. When the saplings mature, they will be planted at DeMarco Park.
On April 6, ginkgo saplings were taken to Avon, MA, thanks to the cooperation of our co-founder’s brother. Saplings were directly handed to Mr. Michel McCue, town administrator, who entrusted them to Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for care and until they are mature for planting. They will be planted at various symbolic sites in Massachusetts throughout the coming year.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Another ginkgo adapting beautifully on the university of Kentucky campus. Thank you Rebecca and colleagues!
Ginkgo and persimmon seeds were sent.
City of New Haven Peace Commission
One of the ginkgo saplings, which have been grown in Rochester under the care of Mr. MaCue, has been given to New Haven.
Ginkgo, hackberry, persimmon, jujube, and Kurogane holly seeds were delivered to Hamline University in March 2014. The seeds will be planted and nurtured under the care of Avalon School students, with the help of Ms. Jo Sullivan.
Ginkgo, camphor, and kurogane holly seeds were delivered. After a two-year trial, the seeds are now sprouting.
Ginkgo, camphor, kurogane holly, and persimmon seeds were delivered.
The ginkgo is growing firmly and has a plaque indicating that it is an offspring of an A-bomed tree.
Thanks to the wonderfully tireless GLH partner Michael McCue, a new year message about Green Legacy Hiroshima was published in a local newspaper.
Introduced by Michael McCue, a ginkgo was germinated successfully at Indian Head School in Hanson.
Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
'Mr. Mike Kawamura, dedicated friend and partner for GLH, indomitable guardian of Hiroshima survivor trees and tireless peace activist at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden sends the following note about the Camphor, Aogiri and Fuji Wisteria that were planted in 2015, surviving and thriving despite the Southern California draughts.
'Since we held peace tree planting ceremony in October, 2015, the camphor tree has been growing very well.
It is over 8 feet high now. It will be a large tree in near future and remind our visitors about life, hope and peace. The other trees, Fuji and Aogiri (Chinese parasol) are still fighting with the soil in southern California but growing little by little. SD-WISH (San Diego Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity) will hold the ceremony at 8 am on August 6 at San Diego
Yokohama Friendship Bell on Shelter Island and Floating of Paper Lanterns Event that evening'.
For the past three years, the Japanese Friendship Garden has held a summer camp program for children to experiences various forms of Japanese culture. This year, the camp included reading "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" for 12-14 year age group, a lesson the camp organizers had been planning since GLH partner Mike Kawamura visited Hiroshima last year. Volunteers also read the book "Sadako's Prayer," donated by ANT-Hiroshima, and afterward Mr. Kawamura spoke about his experience of the atomic bomb.
The Garden's second-generation hibakujumoku are growing steadily, especially the camphor, which is now five feet tall.
The camphor tree at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego and the gingko at UCLA are growing firmly. GLH co-founders, accompanied by Keiko Ogura, a hibakusha from Hiroshima, visited the trees. Another ginkgo was taken to Pomona College in California and planted on its grounds.
In a short time the Japanese Friendship Garden, located in a historic park, has become a haven for descendants of Hiroshima's trees. The small camphor, which now has a beautiful plaque, will partake in the Garden's August 6 ceremonies.
In a planting ceremony on 2 October, saplings that had been delivered by Nassrine Azimi, GLH co-founder, in July was planted in the garden grounds. Mr. Mike Kawamura, second vice president and who is originally from Hiroshima, gave a speech. The largest sapling, a camphor, is now named Peace Tree. Mr. Kawamura visited GLH at the ANT-Hiroshima office on 14 October.
Ginkgo, wisteria, Chinese parasol tree, and camphor seedlings of were delivered to the garden. The saplings were settling in their new home under the watch of the garden's David Brazier.
Kennesaw State University Institute for Global Initiatives
On 21 March 2014, marking the spring equinox during its Year of Japan Conference, the Institute for Global Initiatives at Kennesaw University held a ceremony to plant three gingko trees.
Los Alamos History Museum
In June 2017 the Los Alamos History Museum received camphor, ginkgo, Kurogane holly, and persimmon seeds from GLH and The Hiroshima Botanical Garden. So far the ginkgo and persimmon seeds have germinated. With help from staff gardeners and the Los Alamos County Parks Department, the museum will be cultivating these historic trees for future planting on the museum grounds.
New College of Florida and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
The young saplings were displayed at a ceremony on 1 August at the Selby Gardens and can be seen by the public throughout August.
“The seeds have great symbolic value and they represent the resilience of nature,” said Dr. Manuel Lopez-Zafra, who helped establish the partnership with Green Legacy, in a press release by the Garden. “At the same time, they also deliver a message of caution about the dangers of mass destruction and nuclear weapons in particular.”
Click here for an article by Sarasota magazine covering the 1 August ceremony.
Click here for Selby Gardens' press release regarding the seeds.
The New College of Florida received camphor, Kurogane holly, and persimmon seeds and planted them. The seeds are germinating in the lab of one of the biology professors at the college, and there are plans for a formal planting ceremony when they are bigger.
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Mr. Rick Wayman, director of programs and operations at NAPF, visited Hiroshima and was taken on a tree tour by Nassrine Azimi. He reported that the camellia saplings were growing healthily in Santa Barbara.
Upon invitation of the NAPF, ginkgo and camellia saplings were carried to Santa Barbara and offered at ceremonies commemorating 6 August. The President of NAPF David Krieger and GLH Co-founder Nassrine Azimi brought gingko saplings, to be planted in Sadako's Garden at the Casa de Maria next year.
Oberlin College held an event introducing the saplings, which were growing in the sheltered science building courtyard, to students. The saplings will be planted in their permanent locations when they are big enough to survive the harsh Ohio
Tomoko Watanabe, GLH co-founder, visited Oberlin College with ginkgo, wisteria, and Chinese parasol tree saplings. GLH, Oberlin Shansi, and Oberlin College signed an MOU as part of a long-term cooperation agreement.
Not withstanding southern California’s drought, under the good care of Tom Le and colleagues at Pomona College, herewith the flourishing Fuji Wisteria and Ginkgo biloba.
Powell Gardens and Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
The saplings are growing well and all are in good health. Ginkgo saplings are 10 cm high, Japanese fern palm saplings are 15 cm, and the wisteria and camellia saplings are 20 cm. They were put outdoors in a shade hut for summer and will be wintered inside a cool greenhouse.
Camellia and wisteria seeds, as well as Japanese fern palm adventitious buds, were taken back to the U.S. They were delivered to Powell Gardens in July.
The first batch of ginkgo saplings continues to flourish at the Arboretum. Additionally, a new set of seeds -- ginkgo, Kurogane holly, camphor, Japanese hackberry, and jujube -- was recently sent by The Hiroshima Botanical Garden. The seeds arrived safely and will be nurtured at the Arboretum.
Ten trees were planted. Mr. Michael McCue, Rochester town administrator, continues to spread Hiroshima saplings with the help of Arnold Arboretum.
The ginkgo saplings are in good health. However, following advice of the Arnold Arboretum, the planting originally scheduled for fall 2015 was postponed to spring 2016. In addition to Rochester, the saplings will be planted at Tufts University, the Arnold Arboretum, Avon, and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
University of California, Los Angeles
The ginkgo sapling looks frail but is actually doing well. Gardeners are relieved that the long drought over and that California is drenched in much-needed rain.
University of North Carolina
Thanks to human bonds, a ginkgo sapling gifted from Green Legacy Hiroshima to the garden of Eliz Baldwin Leeper was passed to Kathleen Burkinshaw in memory of her mother, who survived the Hiroshima bombing.
The following is from Ms. Burkinshaw's Facebook post about the sapling and its dedication ceremony:
"As you may know, I’ve been working on a very special project since before my book was published last August. I contacted Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH), a program under UNITAR. GLH collects seeds from trees that survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima (A-bomb trees) and the saplings from the seeds have been planted in 30 countries all over the world. GLH put me in touch with a couple in Atlanta (Elizabeth and Steve Leeper) who had a Hiroshima ginkgo tree sapling. My husband and I drove down to Atlanta last summer and brought the sapling back with us.
This past Saturday, North Carolina became only the 7th state in the U.S. with an A-bomb tree sapling! Last March I contacted the Japanese professor, Kano-sensei, at my daughter’s college-UNC Wilmington. She loved the idea of partnering with GLH and myself. Sara, and her fellow Japan Club members quickly jumped on fundraising for the plaque, and upkeep of the tree. On Saturday I spoke at UNCW and then we had the dedication outside on the lawn where the ginkgo tree is planted. Kano-sensei, the UNCW Japan Club, the UNCW Asian Student Assoc. planned activities such as an Akido demonstration, making origami cranes to be sent to Hiroshima Peace Museum, raffle for beautifully painted pictures (by a Japan Club member, Lynda Arter, Kano-sensei, and a cherry blossom painting, I purchased at JapanFest from a local artist in Georgia),a signed copy of The Last Cherry Blossom. Before the formal dedication, I participated in my very first traditional Japanese tea ceremony, led by Mrs. Ito (the teisho-or tea ceremony host/teacher).
I could not have wished that it would have gone any better. The number of students that came out to the dedication truly touched my heart. I could feel my mom close by. Her granddaughter and daughter made sure her story will be remembered. I hope we made our ancestors proud.
Thank you to my Mom ,Sara, Japan Club members, Kano-sensei, UNCW, and Green Legacy Hiroshima."