GLH partners around the world





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Green Legacy Hiroshima was established to safeguard and spread the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees worldwide. It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy.


A mini documentary on composer Steve Heitzeg's Green Hope After Black Rain which had had its world premiere at the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the Sister Orchestra of the Nagasaki Symphony Orchestra, was recently released. To view the full performance, click here. To view the mini documentary, click here

The online science journal IFL Science has just published a piece by journalist Tom Hale on Hiroshima and Nagasaki's hibakujumoku. It gives a wonderful overview of the hibakujumoku and their history, as well as the work of GLH. To read the full article, click here.

GLH Regional Hub the San Diego Botanical Garden (SDBG) has been raising new species of the hibakujumoku seedlings, such as the Citrus natsudaidai (Summer orange) and Ilex rotunda (Kurogane holly,) increasing the varieties of saplings available on the American continent.

The 2023 Hiroshima Hibakujumoku Working Group met at the UNITAR office on December 19 and included representatives of Hiroshima City, Mayors for Peace, Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Botanical Garden, as well as GLH core team and committee members. To read more, click here.

In early December 2023 our partner, Professor Gerardo Avalos at the University of Costa Rica, hosted a webinar focusing on the Hiroshima hibakujumoku. His lecture covered GLH’s efforts to distribute seeds from the A-bomb survivor trees worldwide, along with the narrative of these seeds in Costa Rica.

In early November, we were delighted to welcome to Hiroshima our partners from Oregon, working to promote the impactful Sunny Day Initiative (founded by Hideko Tamura-Snider). Jim Gersbach from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Mike Oxendine from Oregon Community Trees, and filmmaker David Hedberg. Click here to learn more.

Partners in Profile: Special Feature from Oregon features the story of the A-bomb tree at the Oregon State Penitentiary

Partners in Profile: Special Feature from Oregon features Kim Stafford, Poet.

Partners in Profile: Special Feature from Oregon features David Hedberg, Historian and filmmaker.

GLH Regional Seed Hubs

San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in San Diego, California and the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Northern Ireland

We are delighted that the SDBG and CAFRE 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, the United Kingdom, and Latin America.

Compilation of historical and other information on Hiroshima’s Hibakujumoku

GLH has started to search and compile archival information on the Hibakujumoku. This is work in progress and an iterative process, and we welcome all additional contributions to help us ensure the veracity of the information on the history of Hiroshima’s A-bomb survivor trees.

To read, click here.

Japanese Pamphlet 日本語パンフレット

See here for 2023-2024 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.

Latest Updates

Davidson College
Davidson College - May 2024

Davidson College held a Planting Ceremony for its Gingko saplings on April 26. The event was both reflective and festive, featuring speeches from professor of Psychology Kristi Multhaup (top-left photo) and assistant Professor of Biology Susana Wadgymar (top-right photo). Photos from the ceremony capture the meaningful moments shared by attendees. The College informs us that they are planning future ceremonies for the Hackberry and Camphor seeds when they are ready for planting.

Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery
Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery - May 2024

GLH is pleased to introduce its newest partner, the Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery, along with Roger Leivers, a local World War II historian and author who initially contacted us with a request for seeds. The wonderful GLH regional hub coordinator, David Dowd of CAFRE, stepped in and sent hibakujumoku Hackberry, to be nurtured by the Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery. This collaboration symbolizes a shared commitment to history, peace, and environmental stewardship, as captured in a snapshot at the nursery's orchard, where the seeds will eventually be planted.

Activities in Hiroshima
Activities in Hiroshima - April 2024

Ted Samuel, Senior Director of Oberlin Shansi, visited Hiroshima and was given a tour of the hibakujumoku by GLH coordinator Nassrine Azimi and secretariat team member Ben Echikson, who has been working at GLH as part of a 2-year Shansi fellowship. Throughout the tour, they visited hibakujumokus on Atagoike, around Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - March 2024

We are delighted to learn that Jo Brennan of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria could receive today a batch of hibakujumoku Ginkgo seeds, hand delivered by GLH partners Virginia McNally and Dominic Napoleone of the University of Melbourne. Under a shining sun, a small handover ceremony was set against the backdrop of one of the Gardens' flourishing Ginkgo specimens. The seeds are currently undergoing cold stratification in the Gardens' nursery as they prepare to be sowed. We extend our gratitude to all involved for their efforts to make this exchange happen.

V.F.F. Research Institute Mare Nostrum e.V.
V.F.F. Research Institute Mare Nostrum e.V. - January 2024

In June 2017 GLH sent seeds to the Research Institute Mare Nostrum, who since have diligently documented the process. The Mare Nostrum website features images of the seeds, and the flowchart below, detailing application, arrival and sowing of seeds. It also has a detailed technical analysis that includes step-by-step images and explanations for germinating the seeds. Gratitude for the care and efforts of Peter Bauckmann from Mare Nostrum and Shuichi Hamatani from the Hiroshima Botanical Garden.

Westmount Park United Church and Dawson College
Westmount Park United Church and Dawson College - November 2023

Second-generation survivor ginkgo trees in Westmount spearheaded by our partner Reverend Neil Whitehouse were featured in the local newspaper, Westmont Independent, available online (the article is on page 13).

Ljubljana Botanical Garden
Ljubljana Botanical Garden - October 2023

Our partner Janja Makše from the University Botanic Garden in Ljubljana sent us pictures of Ginkgo and Hackberry trees growing strong into a beautiful green and yellow hue. Janja also informed us that they have 18 Hackberry trees and 9 Ginkgo trees.

National University of Singapore Tembusu College and Singapore Botanical Garden
National University of Singapore Tembusu College and Singapore Botanical Garden - October 2023

Dr. Nura Abdul Karim has forwarded pictures of the Camphor tree taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens as well as its plaque. According to Dr. Abdul Karim, the Camphor tree is still growing and doing well with the tropical weather of Singapore.

International Committee of the Red Cross
International Committee of the Red Cross - June 2023

We are excited to share an update on the Gingko tree planted at the Geneva Headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by Green Legacy Hiroshima. This hibakujumoku was planted in 2013 and has grown beautifully and is flourishing. Its remarkable growth at such a symbolic site embodies resilience and hope, a reminder of ICRC’s humanitarian efforts and also the work and unique contribution of Dr. Marcel Junod to Hiroshima.

Dunedin Botanic Garden
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).