GLH Worldwide Partners: Slovenia
Botanicni vrt Univerze v Ljubjana
March 9, 2014: Hiroshima trees are growing happily in the Ljubljana Botanical Garden (also a teaching garden for Ljubljana University). Planting ceremony is envisaged this year, most probably at time of official opening of new building of Faculty of Chemistry of Ljubljana University in autumn.
Prof. Uye has just visited the University of Ljubjana, visited the saplings and had a meeting with the rector of the University regarding a planting ceremony next year around the Hiroshima saplings. He reports that Saplings of‘ginkgo and Chinese hackberry are growing in good shape, ca. 30-50 cm tall, but jujube's seeds have not germinated yet`. Also on July 23 Japanese hackberry were transplanted - now the garden has 12 small plants of Ginkgo and 18 plants of Japanese hackberry.
In Ljubljana it has been an extremely hot summer, with temperatures near 40 degrees on certain days. The garden staff watered the plants daily and made shadows for the more small and delicate ones.
University Botanical Garden of Ljubljana, Slovenia
October 2014: On October 7th, 2014, planting ceremony was held with some 50 participants, including Dr. Jože Bavcon (Director of the Botanical Garden), Ms. Jelka Žekar (Deputy Mayor of the city of Ljubljana), and Mr. Shigemi Jomori (Ambassador of Japan). (cont.)* Five saplings of Ginkgo and Japanese hackberry, about 40-80 cm in height, were replanted into a larger clay pod individually by hands of Mr. Jomori, Ms Žekar, Prof. Stanislav R. Pejovnik (President, Slovenian National Commission for Unesco), Prof. Shin-ichi Uye (Hiroshima University) and Prof. Ivan Svetlik (Rector, University of Ljubljana). These saplings will eventually be planted in the campus of the University, in a year or two, after new university buildings have been completed.
July 17, 2013: 12 Hiroshima Ginkgo seedlings have been planted and are growing well. Seedlings of Japanese hackberry are also doing well and shall be planted in a few days. The jujube seeds have not germinated yet.
Ginkgo Japanese hackberry
University Botanical Garden Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 20: GLH seeds of Ginkgo, Jujube and Japanese hackberry, delivered on June 11, already growing. Ginkgo seeds are germinating and Japanese hackberry seedlings now 2 cm high and growing well.
Botanical Garden Ljublijana, Slovenia
On 11 June, Seeds of Ginkgo, Jujube and Japanese hackberry were delivered. Some of the seeds of Ginkgo and Japanese hackberry had started germinating already. “With extreme care and respect”, as Janja Makše beautifully writes—seeds sown in the pots.