Plymouth –– An ancient strain of trees that miraculously survived the devastation of the Hiroshima, Japan, nuclear blast now symbolizes the creation of Plymouth State University’s Peace Garden. A seven-foot high Ginkgo biloba tree was planted April 27 by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and a group of children from PSU’s Center for Young Children and Families . The Gingko Biloba tree, according to President Steen, is an centuries –old strain that represents hope and peace.
“The idea of a tree that has lasted for thousands of years and managed to survive the bombing of Hiroshima is a powerful one,” said Steen. “In Japan, trees like this represent hope; they demonstrate survival and hope for peace.”
The idea of a Peace Garden at Plymouth State was developed by Leo Sandy, Professor of Counselor Education and School Psychology and a member of the Peace and Social Justice Council. Sandy believes the tree is a tangible expression of peace.
“Symbols are very important things to have because they give people consciousness that turns into action,” said Sandy. “We wanted to have a symbol on campus that expresses peace and justice, so this is a good start.”
The Peace Garden is located east of Hyde Hall, adjacent to the PSU Counseling Center. The Ginkgo biloba will grow to a height of 15 feet.
“This tree is going to do great here,” said Sherri Covell, PSU’s gardener. “It will thrive in a wide variety of conditions, including cold and heat.”
In addition to its centerpiece presence in the Peace Garden, the Gingko Biloba tree planting continues PSU’s 16-year tradition of Arbor Day plantings and the institution’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or call (603) 535-2775.