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Ted a garden of cherry varieties In 1926 he learned that the Great White Cherry had become extinct in Japan Six years later he buried a living cutting from his own collection in a potato and repatriated it via the Trans Siberian Express In the years that followed Ingram sent than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe from Sakura as the deco Dark Fever potato and repatriated it via the Trans Siberian Express In the years that followed Ingram sent than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe from Sakura as the deco

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The Sakura Obsession

The remarkable 1200 year history of the Japanese cherry blossom tree and how it was saved from extinction by an English gardenerCollingwood Cherry Ingram first fell in love with the sakura or cherry tree when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907 So taken with the plant he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England where he crea 35 stars rounded u Dark Fever plant he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England where he crea 35 stars rounded u

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Auckland to Washington As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man the narrative follows the flower from its adoption as a national symbol in 794 through its use as an emblem of imperialism in the 1930s to the present day worldwide obsession with forecasting the exact moment of the trees' flowering An absolutely bril The Tricksters Totem (Relics of Mysticus, present day worldwide obsession with forecasting the exact moment of the trees' flowering An absolutely bril


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  1. says:

    From BBC radio 4 Book of the weekCollingwood Ingram known as 'Cherry' after his defining life's work was born in 1880 and lived to a hundred years old witnessing a fraught century of conflict and changeIngram's interest was piued by visits to Japan in 1902 and 1907 and further when he moved to The Grange in Benenden Kent in 1919 and discovered two magnificent cherry trees in the neglected garden of his new family home They reminded him of his Japanese trips and he fell in love with cherry blossoms or sakura dedicating much of his life to their cultivation and preservationOn a further visit to Japan in 1926 to find new specimens and meet other experts Ingram was shocked to see the loss of local cherry diversity a conseuence of industrialisation and modernisation driven by the need to rebuild after a devastating earthuake which destroyed vast areas of traditional housing There was also an unsettling political undercurrent and pernicious ideology at work A cloned cherry the Somei yoshino was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan's expansionist ambitionsFor Ingram the most striking absence from the Japanese cherry scene was that of Taihaku a brilliant ‘great white’ cherry tree A proud example of this tree grew in his English garden and he swore to return it to its native home Multiple attempts to send Taihaku scions back to Japan ended in failure but Ingram persisted Over decades he became one of the world’s leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally Every spring we enjoy his legacy‘Cherry’ Ingram is a portrait of this little known Englishman a story of Britain and Japan in the twentieth century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the worldIn Episode 1 the author keeps seeing the name of Collingwood Ingram associated with the preservation of ancient cherries and wants to find out about this fascinating manWritten and translated by Naoko AbeRead by Hattie MorahanAbridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie DaviesProduced by Lizzie DaviesA Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4httpswwwbbccoukprogrammesm000


  2. says:

    35 stars rounded up Collingwood “Cherry” Ingram was an Englishman who developed a passion indeed an obsession with the various types of cherry blossom trees He originally started as an ornithologist but became disenchanted with the profession and took to horticulture big time and ended up one of the world’s foremost experts on flowering cherry blossom trees According to the book one of his main claims to fame was being instrumental in reintroducing to Japan some of the obscure or rare species of the trees that had either virtually vanished or had become less popularHaving lived to the ripe old age of 100 b1880; d1981 he saw great change in the world – WWI the rise of Japanese imperialism the Depression WWII then the rapid amazing rise of Japan as a powerhouse economy post WWII Ingram was from a wealthy privileged background never wanting for anything and able to indulge his passion of wondering the world in search of different specimens of flowering cherry blossom trees propagating them and distributing them around the world He comes across as a bit eccentric and aloof and certainly didn’t endear himself to me but an interesting character nonetheless It may sound strange to say seeming he visited Japan multiple times and developed a love for one of their key symbols but I got the impression he never fully embraced Japan and the people and the culture He always had an interpreter on hand the author never mentions him bothering to learn any of the language and he was occasionally dismissive of some of the rituals and idiosyncrasies of the country and its people It was his obsession for the cherry blossom trees the fact that it was in Japan was secondary Perhaps a slightly harsh assessment but those were my immediate thoughts about himFor me the book’s strengths are the uality of the writing and the fact that we get a very succinct interesting and informative overview of Japanese culture and history If you don’t know anything about Japan this book would be a great place to start Would I recommend it and do you need an interest in both Japan and horticulture gardening to enjoy the book? Yes I do recommend it but I think you definitely need an interest in Japan and Japanese culture but you don’t necessarily need a love of gardening or flowering cherry blossom trees


  3. says:

    How did growing than one variety of flowering cherry tree become a treasonable offense?From The Spectator's review Between 1639 and 1853 seeds and scions of flowering cherry trees travelled across Japan to Edo present day Tokyo Each came from the most beautiful specimens of varieties of tree from the different principalities of Japan From mountainous regions came the light pink yama zakura; from the chilly climates of Hokkaido and northern Honshu came the crimson Ohyama zakura; Mame zakura with their neat skirt like white petals came from Mount Fuji; and the rainy Izu islands produced Oshima cherries with large white flowersIn the 1920s–30s cherry trees killed by the Great Kanto Earthuake and pollution were replaced with just a single variety the fast growing somei yoshino partly due to this species’ hardiness and partly as a method of propaganda In the lead up to and during the second world war emphasis was placed on the short flowering life of the increasingly abundant somei yoshino so that the cherry blossom — once the mark of a peaceful diverse people — became a symbol of a conforming unified population willing to die for the emperor While many cherry species began to die out in Japan individualism and free speech were suppressed and restricted too This sounds like a must read I was still waiting for my copy of 'Cherry' Ingram when I came across another Japanese botanicalagricultural story this one about how under Japanese occupation Korea went from multiple varieties of rice to just a few high output white varieties Japanese varieties went from making up 2 to 3 percent of Korea’s rice to 90 percent Korea uickly became Japan’s breadbasket increasing its rice production by than 250 percent eventually supplying almost 98 percent of Japanese rice imports


  4. says:

    20 MAR 2019 a lunchtime listen to recommendation through Laura Many thanks Listen here APR 2019 finished my listening today over lunch hour Very enjoyable


  5. says:

    I sure enjoyed the first half of this immensely but then it got into the war which was too sad and depressing I learned some things I had never heard before and had to uit reading it for a bit I got back into the book when she went back to telling about cherry trees and three of the oldest one of which is 1500 years old It is almost as old as a bristle cone pine I greatly admire Ingram and it was so fun reading about him I recommend this for everyone but especially those who love nature and gardens


  6. says:

    Sakura as the decorative flowering cherry trees are called in Japan are widely distributed across the world This is the charming tale of one man's captivation of the glorious cherry tree and how he became one of the world's foremost experts on the breed Namely Collingwood Ingram a British gentleman who experienced an unconventional youth and education He adored birds the family had albino birds that ate at the table helping themselves to morsels from every plate but was smitten by Japan in his travels in 1901 1902 Upon buying The Grange in Benenden that he was re introduced to the decorative cherry trees which became a life long obsessionThe author does an excellent job of mixing not only Ingram's history but her own while telling of Japan's social connection to the cherry trees Many a feudal lord or daimyo would replace warfare with the creation of gardens with varieties of cherry trees Hybridization as well as varieties from the different regions created flowers with five or petals of white pink purple red yellow and even a green yellow along with leaves of many colors and shapes Over 400 varieties that would be adapted to mountain beach tropical and Even a natural hybrid would be collected and transferred to the nobility's gardens It was only when Japan opened itself to the world with its drive to become a world power through the Greater East Asia Co prosperity Sphere that many of those trees disappeared from their homelandFortunately Ingram was the proverbial unstoppable force in regards to collecting grafts and scions of literally hundreds of them in the years before World War 2 and his home was awash in color and beauty It was those flourishing trees that enabled Ingram to provide cuttings to anyone who asked for them no matter where in the world they were Thousands of them The only negative I could think of was I wished for color photos of varieties Ingram himself was a talented artist and several of his drawings color and black and white litter the pages Black and white photos of people and even one of a revered 1500 year old cherry tree being supported in it's old age along with multiple distant views of a cherry forest in bloom So when you are admiring the magnificence of the springtime blossoming of the cherry trees be it in Washington DC or even in Japan itself remember that the world owes an old English gentleman a debt for all the effort he put into collecting a specific plant2019 107


  7. says:

    I found this book very engaging and informative I think it did a great job of introducing many of the cherry varieties and Mr Ingrams passion for them without being too technical or verbose I very much enjoyed learning of the many varieties of cherries as much as the history of their cultivation and their symbolic meaning for Japan and the world I appreciated the shorter bite sized chapters and the many photographs and illustrations I felt they helped me grasp the aesthetics that Ingram and others saw in specific cherries and it was enjoyable to see how my tastes compared with theirs


  8. says:

    As an avid gardener ok obsessive who had to seek out flowering cherry trees within a hundred mile radius I loved this book But this book is far than gardening it’s Japanese history and sadly my beloved cherry trees are forever linked to the fleeting lives of youth in war Such a contrast from beauty to death love books that teach me new things but not sure I like what I learned


  9. says:

    An absolutely brilliant fascinating book


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    BOTWhttpswwwbbccoukprogrammesm000Description Collingwood Ingram known as 'Cherry' after his defining life's work was born in 1880 and lived to a hundred years old witnessing a fraught century of conflict and changeIngram's interest was piued by visits to Japan in 1902 and 1907 and further when he moved to The Grange in Benenden Kent in 1919 and discovered two magnificent cherry trees in the neglected garden of his new family home They reminded him of his Japanese trips and he fell in love with cherry blossoms or sakura dedicating much of his life to their cultivation and preservationOn a further visit to Japan in 1926 to find new specimens and meet other experts Ingram was shocked to see the loss of local cherry diversity a conseuence of industrialisation and modernisation driven by the need to rebuild after a devastating earthuake which destroyed vast areas of traditional housing There was also an unsettling political undercurrent and pernicious ideology at work A cloned cherry the Somei yoshino was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan's expansionist ambitionsFor Ingram the most striking absence from the Japanese cherry scene was that of Taihaku a brilliant ‘great white’ cherry tree A proud example of this tree grew in his English garden and he swore to return it to its native home Multiple attempts to send Taihaku scions back to Japan ended in failure but Ingram persisted Over decades he became one of the world’s leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally Every spring we enjoy his legacy‘Cherry’ Ingram is a portrait of this little known Englishman a story of Britain and Japan in the twentieth century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the worldIn Episode 1 the author keeps seeing the name of Collingwood Ingram associated with the preservation of ancient cherries and wants to find out about this fascinating manWritten and translated by Naoko AbeRead by Hattie MorahanAbridged by Isobel Creed and Lizzie DaviesProduced by Lizzie DaviesA Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4