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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