Last year, during an ASIANetwork/Mellon Foundation sponsored trip to Japan, I learned about Green Legacy Hiroshima, an NGO that has as a mission “to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. 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.” I was so impressed and moved by their work that, upon my return to the States, I connected my own institution (New College of Florida) and our local botanical garden (Selby Gardens) with them in order to import some seeds from those trees, and plant them in our community. With the help of my colleague at NCF Brad Oberle and the Bruce Holst, the main botanist at Selby, we were able to get the seeds and had a beautiful ceremony at Selby on August 1st, close to the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb detonating in Hiroshima. It was a lovely ceremony and we hope that those budding trees (camphor, holly, and persimmon) will be a symbol of the resilience of nature, and a reminder of the horrors of nuclear war.
We will have our own ceremony here at New College as soon as the seedlings are strong enough to be planted.
This would not have been possible without the great work of the people at Green Legacy: Nassrine Azimi, Nobuaki Nishikawa, and others. Thanks everyone for making this possible.
The ceremony in the local press: