GLH partners around the world
Partners in Profile entry for May 2023 features Elinor Breman, Senior Research Leader, Kew Gardens, Wakehurst, United Kingdom.
Will Matsuda is a Japanese American photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His grandmother was living in Hawaii in 1945 when she lost most of her family in Hiroshima to the atomic bomb. Matsuda recently wrote a New York Times Op-ed about finding an unlikely connection in Oregon to his family history: hibakujumoku Ginkgo trees planted by GLH partner Hideko Tamura Snider as part of the Sunny Day Initiative. Matsuda has created a photography collection on these Gingkoes.
To find out more, click here to read the article on the New York Times website.
The hibakujumoku were recently featured in Eden Magazine, a Belgian nature and gardening magazine. Author Marie-Noëlle Cruysmans, touched by the message and power of Hiroshima’s survivor trees, wrote about their story.
Article published in the Spring-Summer issue of Eden Magazine nr. 76 – Dutch version and nr. 74 – French version, with a circulation in the Benelux and France of 75.000 copies – www.edenmagazine.be
Click here for a PDF of the article in French.
Partners in Profile entry for May 2023 features Gerardo Avalos, Professor, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
From April 12th through April 15th, 2023, the Harvard Graduate School of Design held a symposium and exhibition called “Front Door: Dialogue for Our Future on Planet Earth” aimed at raising awareness of environmental challenges and advocating for a future both peaceful and sustainable.
Click here to read more.
In December 2022, GLH held its annual seed-picking of hibakujumoku seeds around Hiroshima Castle and in Atagoike. Click this link or the picture below to watch a short video recounting the day.
The Sunny Day Initiative has planted 48 hibakujumokus in 32 cities and towns across Oregon, thanks to the tireless efforts of Hideko Tamura-Snider, the Oregon Community Trees and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
To learn more about this inspiring endeavor, click this link or the picture below to access the Oregon Department of Forestry’s website (includes map of planting locations).
NHK World's recent and moving documentary ahead of the May 2023 G7 Summit in Hiroshima — the first part on the efforts of the infatigable A-Bomb survivor Sadao Yamamoto, the second on GLH’s revered master gardener, Chikara Horiguchi.
Please click here or on the image below to watch.
In early November 2022, GLH had the pleasure to host plant scientists and botanic garden experts from renowned institutions in the United States, who visited Hiroshima to observe and study the Hibakujumoku firsthand. The delegation included Ari Novy from the San Diego Botanic Garden (and a member of GLH Committee), Todd Michael and Wolfgang Busch from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Nicole Cavender from the Huntington Botanical Gardens, and Philip Douglas from the Denver Botanic Gardens.
To read more about the trip, click this link.
To watch an interview from the scientists, click this link or on the video below.
Partners in Profile entry for January 2023 features Ann Sherif, Professor, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Many greetings and best wishes at the start of 2023. We hope that you are healthy and well, and that our collective "green solidarity” and the story of Hiroshima’s resilient Hibaku-jumoku a balm for all in these uncertain times.
GLH Regional Seed Hubs
San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in San Diego, California, the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Northern Ireland, and the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH) in Chile
We are delighted that the SDBG, CAFRE, and UACH have agreed to become GLH regional seed hubs. We hope their help will facilitate sharing A-bombed tree seeds with more partners in the United States, United Kingdom, and Latin America.
Dr. Eoin Lettice appeared on Irish national television to tell the story of the seeds of survivor Ginkgo biloba trees in Cork, Ireland and demonstrate the hope they symbolize. Green Legacy Hiroshima’s relationship with Dr. Lettice and the University College Cork Arboretum has allowed survivor seeds to be planted and germinate 10,000 km away from Hiroshima.
The Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects (AFLP):
Botanical Gardens Network (BGNet) page was born. Please click here or the below logo and find the detail.
See here for 2021-2022 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.
Dunedin Botanic Garden - May 2023
Our partners at Dunedin Botanic Gardens sent us pictures of the growth of their hibakujumoku Ginkgo trees in early May. The Ginkgo seeds sent in 2017 are now saplings, enveloped in a brilliant golden color. Picture of GLH partners Lee Vallance with the curator of the Dunedin Botanic Garden (right).
The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) - April 2023
We are happy to announce the safe arrival of the hibakujumoku at The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Green Legacy Hiroshima’s dedicated regional hub for Europe. The CAFRE team has informed us that some of the seeds, including camellias, had already started to germinate, but they have been quickly planted in the college and the team hopes for the best.
Sunny Day Initiative - April 2023
We have news from our steadfast and tireless friends in Oregon through Jim Gerbach, who writes:
‘Oregon City planted a hibakujumoku in April 2020, but due to the pandemic, a public dedication could not be held until recently. The hibakujumoku dedication event featured moving poems by Oregon's former poet laureate Kim Stafford and a speech by the mayor of Oregon City, Denyse McGriff. The hibakujumoku is now protected by its own fence and is planted in a historic spot on the grounds of the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. This area is symbolic; it was a focal point for fishing and trade among Native Americans and home to several Indian tribes prior to Euro-American settlement. The Oregon Trail also passed through this area, which saw some 300,000 people making their way westward to settle in the western half of Oregon.’
Botanical Garden of Vilnius University - March 2023
A hibakujumoku Ginkgo has found its home in the Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, where it has flourished under the care and attention of the dedicated team. Over 9 years since it was planted, the tree had grown to an impressive height of 2.5 meters, with its branches spread wide, showcasing its beauty to visitors and capturing the hearts of many, a reminder of the incredible diversity and wonder of the natural world.
School of Biology, University of Costa Rica - March 2023
The Ginkgo biloba seedlings are a source of great pride and joy for the University of Costa Rica. Despite their modest height of 20cm, Dr. Alvados takes them along to his talks on the hibakujumoku, captivating audiences with their unusual beauty and the message behind the GLH project. Ginkgos are a rare sight in the tropics, making these seedlings even more special and intriguing. One moment that stood out for Dr. Alvados was during a presentation to an Ecology course at the University of Costa Rica: one year after the first seedling had germinated, he mentioned that it was the Ginkgo's ‘birthday’ and to his surprise, the attending students burst into a rendition of "Happy Birthday". It was a deeply moving moment, a reminder of the power of nature to touch hearts.
Municipality of Poertschach am Woerthersee - February 2023
During the winter, when temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Celsius, three trees thrived splendidly in the Pörtschach community in Austria. The Ginkgo, Diospyros kaki, and Celtis, standing at 1.8 meters tall, a testament to strength and resilience of the hibakujumoku.
Australian National University - October 2022
The Australian National University (ANU) held an exhibition about Hiroshima and Nagasaki based on material supplied by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Included in the exhibition was a panel about the survivor trees of Hiroshima with GLH’s map and pictures. ANU’s exhibition demonstrates the university’s commitment to spreading awareness about the atomic bombings and GLH’s message of peace.
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia - May 2022
Malaysia is now a new partner of the worldwide GLH family! Camphor tree seeds arrived safely at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) in May.
Universidad Icesi - March 2022
The Camphor seeds sent to ICESI University, Colombia, in 2012 now transformed into a gorgeous adult tree. Thanks to Dr. Vladimir Rouvinski, who keeps the network of greenery and the bonds between Colombia and Hiroshima alive.
Social Welfare Corporation Selfnet 21 （社会福祉法人せるふねっと２１) - January 2022
Our new partner, based in Kumamoto, Japan, welcomed some saplings of the second-generation survivor trees, many of which had germinated from old seeds and cared for by Mr. Hamatani, Hiroshima Botanical Gardens. They are growing together with the ginkgo saplings that were planted in September. Our partners in Kumamoto and their students will be caring for the saplings.