PSU Creates Peace Garden with Arbor Day Tree Planting

April 30th, 2012 by blyndes

 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.

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen and children from PSU's Center for Young Children and Families planted a Ginkgo biloba tree April 27, as part of an Arbor Day ceremony and the creation of a PSU Peace Garden.

“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.