San Diego Botanic Garden To Hold Ceremonial Event For A Seedling Grown From Atomic Bomb Survivor Tree

This August, San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) joins in partnership and unity with Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative to dedicate a newly planted ginkgo tree descended from a mother tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan more than 70 years ago.

ginkgo biloba at San Diego Botanic Garden

A message of caution and hope

The Survivor Tree Commemoration will take place at the Garden on Saturday, August 5 at 4:15PM, corresponding to the exact time in Pacific Standard Time that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The ceremonial event will also include guest speakers as well as a community wish writing activity for attendees to participate in.

GLH is a global campaign aimed at spreading the universal messages of caution and hope that the unique survivor trees of Hiroshima represent.

Known in Japanese as Hibakujumoku, these survivor trees bring awareness to the dangers of arms of mass destruction, and nuclear weapons in particular, as well as the sacred character of humankind and the resilience of nature.

San Diego Botanic Garden ginkgo biloba

Descendants of bombed trees now in more than 40 countries

Currently, seeds and saplings from the A-bombed trees are growing in more than 40 countries in a sustained, long-term campaign, joining other efforts to establish a nuclear-free and more ecological planet.

The result of a multiyear partnership with GLH, San Diego Botanic Garden received its ginkgo as a seedling from Shukkeien garden in Japan in 2020, and was recently planted at SDBG in June of 2023.

Often referred to as a living fossil, the ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species with the ability to live up to 1,000 years. The planting symbolizes a hopeful opportunity to continue the lineage of survivor trees for hundreds, potentially thousands, of years to come.

Guest speakers and ceremonial activities

Guest speakers and representatives from Green Legacy Hiroshima will be in attendance for the Survivor Tree Commemoration on August 5. In addition, visitors are invited to take part in a community wish writing and leaf rubbing activity where they can express written or drawn representations of wishes for the future.

“The Hibakujumoku have an amazing ability to simultaneously commemorate the devastation wrought by the bombing of Hiroshima and instill a profound sense of hope in the future. If trees can survive such an event, and their progeny can be shared across the world, there’s clearly so much we can do together to make the world a better place for people and plants,” said SDBG President and CEO, Ari Novy, Ph.D.

“We are honored to be part of this initiative and invite the community to join us in commemorating the history, legacy, and symbol of peace that this beautiful tree represents.”

Novy was part of a select group of plant scientists and botanic garden experts invited by GLH to visit Hiroshima in November 2022. The scientists visited various sites of the survivor trees throughout the city and helped gather seeds to preserve and grow second-generation survivor trees around the world, making it a truly global partnership.

The Survivor Tree Commemoration at San Diego Botanic Garden

See you there

Select portions of the Garden will be accessible until 6PM for the survivor tree commemoration event, with the last entry at 4:30PM. It is recommended that visitors arrive before the event start time if they would like to visit the full Garden. 

For more information about San Diego Botanic Garden please visit the website here.

See you there, San Diego!

Share This Event
Event Details
  • Start Date
    August 5, 2023 4:15 pm
  • End Date
    August 5, 2023 6:00 pm
  • Status
    All done
  • Location
  • Venue
    • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Address
    Quail Gardens Drive and, Ecke Ranch Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • More Info
Event Map
The Latest
Bags & Baubles
The 13th annual Bags & Baubles fundraiser, organized by the San Diego-based nonprofit FACE Foundation, is set to take place. This distinctive silent auction will...
Madama Butterfly
Get ready for an unforgettable night at San Diego Civic Theatre, where Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly promises to tug at your heartstrings with its poignant...
Party for the Planet
Are you ready to Party for the Planet? In honor of Earth Day, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is...
WILDCOAST Benefit Dinner at Herb and Sea
Herb & Sea invites guests to join them for the 3rd Annual WILDCOAST Benefit Dinner, a family-style seafood soiree on their Moonlight Deck. Herb &...
Birch Aquarium Aza Accreditation
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced that Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego was once again granted accreditation...
Bazaar del Mundo
Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town will celebrate spring with a tribute to beloved artist, Laurel Burch, and a curated selection of...
Event Details
  • Start Date
    August 5, 2023 4:15 pm
  • End Date
    August 5, 2023 6:00 pm
  • Status
    All done
  • Location
  • Venue
    • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Address
    Quail Gardens Drive and, Ecke Ranch Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • More Info
Upcoming Events
Frontwave Arena
September 17, 2024
8:00 pm
Prepare for a pop concert-style spectacle showcasing the athletic brilliance and championship journeys of Simone Biles and an exceptional squad of select dancers, embodying a...
San Diego Padres
July 13, 2024
10:00 am
  • East Village San Diego
The East Village Association invites the community to join them in celebrating the 12th Annual East Village Block Party! Taking place on J Street from...
California Wine Festival Carlsbad
June 28, 2024
6:30 pm
  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
The California Wine Festival, a nationally recognized event series, is proud to announce its return in 2024 to celebrate over 20 years of bringing attention...
Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival
May 10, 2024
3:00 pm
  • Embarcadero Marina Park North
  • Seaport Village
Great news, music lovers….the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival is charting a highly anticipated comeback! Following successful collaborations with the Port of San Diego and...
21st annual Gator By The Bay Festival
May 9, 2024
6:00 pm
  • Spanish Landing Park
The largest and most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou is set to return to Spanish Landing Park from May...
Event Search: