No. 132

VISITING THE A-BOMB SURVIVOR SAPLINGS AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

Faculty, staff, and students gather to learn more about the A-bomb saplings in the Science Center's courtyard

On October 7, Professor Mary Garvin and Professor Ann Sherif took a group of Oberlin students to pay a visit to the saplings being grown from the seeds of trees that survived the A-bomb in Hiroshima. In Fall 2015, Oberlin Shansi and Oberlin College formed a partnership with Green Legacy Hiroshima, an organization dedicated to protecting the A-bomb trees and distributing their seeds to partners and gardens worldwide. Here at Oberlin, these “trees of peace” - ginkgo, Chinese Parasol, and wisteria - are thriving in the protected courtyard of the Science Center. When they are robust enough they will be transplanted to a Tappan Square “peace garden.” While showing the students the ginkgo trees, Professor Mary Garvin pointed out that this species has been on earth for hundreds of millions of years, which may be due to a unique chemical makeup of the tree.

Professor Garvin with a ginkgo sapling

Green Legacy's short video introduces some of the 170 surviving trees, and explains the motivation behind the organization's work.  

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