GLH partners around the world
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 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. Click here to learn more.
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.
Partners in Profile entry for May 2023 features Elinor Breman, Senior Research Leader, Kew Gardens, Wakehurst, United Kingdom.
Partners in Profile entry for May 2023 features Gerardo Avalos, Professor, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
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.
The second segment about the Diospyros Kaki by Shirakami Shrine has been uploaded. To read, click here.
See here for 2023-2024 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.
Kendal at Oberlin - January 2024
GLH is happy to welcome Kendal at Oberlin, a retirement community near Oberlin College, as a new partner. Their wisteria was cultivated by retired professor Dr. David Benzing since the spring of 2019, from a cutting of the wisteria in Oberlin College's Science Building courtyard. Horticulturist and focal point for GLH Rachel Duncan anticipates its inaugural bloom in a year or two. Winter photos taken in mid-January attest to the tree's hardiness. The plant is part of The John Bartram Arboretum collection (Kendal at Oberlin’s arboretum) with accession #1569.
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.
School of Biology, University of Costa Rica - December 2023
In early December 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. Titled “Árboles de la Paz de Hiroshima” – “The Trees of Peace from Hiroshima”, the webinar provided insights into the many ways Prof. Avalos, his students and colleagues have found, to share the message of peace and love of nature that the trees and GLH represent. Additional information is available on the project’s Facebook page, and an article about the initiative can be found on the University of Costa Rica’s website (all in Spanish).
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).
University College Cork Arboretum - October 2023
University College Cork (UCC) recently hosted Japan's Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Norio Maruyama. During his visit, the Ambassador had the opportunity to explore UCC's remarkable tree collection, with a special emphasis on the second-generation A-bomb survivor trees from Hiroshima. For a detailed report on this visit, please visit this link. Photo credits: Max Bell (UCC).
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.
Australian National University - September 2023
We're pleased to report that the Gingko tree planted at the Australian National University (ANU) is growing well and ANU’s gardeners have assured us that despite Australia's warmest winter in a long time, the health of the tree does not seem affected. As spring begins, the tree stands gracefully.
Umuco Mwiza School, Rwanda - August 2023
We recently received a new picture of two Persimmon hibakujumoku in Rwanda, seen here on each side of our partner, Ms. Marie Louise Kambenga Ntwali.
Hiroshima University - August 2023
On August 6th, Professor Uye, a trustee of the GLH committee, led a tour at Hiroshima University showcasing the hibakujumoku trees planted on the campus. These 23 trees are aligned and collectively create the "path of peace". Commencing with a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m., Professor Uye shared insights about the second-generation hibakujumoku, aiming to inspire participants to contemplate the importance of peace.
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.