“Day Open Heart”: August 6th Marked At Tver State University Botanical Garden, Russia

Dr. Yurii Naumtcev, Director of the Botanical Garden of Tver State University, Russia, writes to inform us that on August 6th 2014 a ceremony was held in the botanical garden in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 69 years ago.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Japanese community who live and work in Tver, and other Japanese visitors.

We are grateful to Dr Naumtcev for sending us this report, and especially so because he tells us that on that day, named “Day Open Heart,” a very special ginko-bilboa sapling was planted by a 12-year-old Japanese girl called Hitomi-san. It is the first sapling that the botanical garden has grown from seeds obtained from Hiroshima through the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative. 🙂

Hitomi plants the ginko-bilboa sapling.

Hitomi plants the ginko-bilboa sapling.

Hitomi prepares to release a dove.

The full report of this event can be found at:

On behalf of Green Legacy Hiroshima we extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Yurii Naumtcev and the staff of the Tver State University Botanical Garden and all who participated in, supported and attended “Day Open Heart.”




Peace Seeds Growing In The First Japanese Garden In Siberia

Seeds from plants that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima have been planted in Siberia, at the Irkutsk State University Botanical Garden.The seeds of aogiri, camphor, ginko, holly, kurogane and persimmon trees which survied the A-bombing of Hiroshima were gathered in 2011 and sent to Irkutsk State University by Green Legacy Hiroshima and were planted in the spring of 2012.

Russia is the first country apart from Japan to plant seeds from surviving a-bombed trees, but as readers of this blog will be aware, seeds are being sent to various botanical gardens all over the world.

Here is an English language television news report about the seeds that were sent to Irkutsk:

The Japanese garden in the Botanical Garden of Irkutsk State University was opened on August 17th 2012.


Master-gardener Takuhiro Yamada by the Japanese Garden

Here is an email that was sent to us at Green Legacy Hiroshima from Doctor Victor Kuzevanov, Director of the Botanical Garden at Irkutsk State University:

Dear Nassrine and all Japanese friends and participants of the Green Legacy Hiroshima project,

I am glad to inform you about the Green Legacy Hiroshima plants in the first Japanese Garden created in the heart of Asia, in Irkutsk, Siberia, on August 17th, 2012. 

A few species of Green Legacy Hiroshima plants became the key elements of the Japanese Garden in the greenhouse of the Botanical Garden of Irkutsk State University. 

The news about the Green Legacy Hiroshima plants and about the Japanese Garden was extensively broadcast on many TV-channels all over Siberia and the rest of Russia. 

We are very grateful to Nassrine, Tomoko, Hideko and others who helped us to acquire the first Green Legacy Hiroshima plants in Russia and also for taking care of Dr. Svetlana Sizykh, Deputy Director, during her visit to Hiroshima in August. 

We are also very grateful to our Japanese colleagues, Prof. Hajime Matsushima (Hokkaido University) and Takuhiro Yamada (Kyoto) along with five students-volunteers from the Hokkaido University, who actually created the first Japanese Garden in Siberia.

Dr. Victor Kuzevanov, Ph.D.
Botanical Garden of Irkutsk State University

Here are some videos from the Russian TV networks reporting about the creation and opening of the Japanese garden.

Creating the garden:

The garden is officially opened:



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