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Summary The Sakura Obsession

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 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

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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 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 Marriage by Deception years later he buried a living cutting from his own collection in a potato and repatriated it via the Trans Siberian Express In the A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House years that followed Ingram sent than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe from 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 Matthews Choice 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

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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 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


10 thoughts on “The Sakura Obsession

  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 ye

  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

  3. says:

    How did growing than one variety of flowering cherry tree become a treasonable offenseFrom 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 principalitie

  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 recom

  6. says:

    Sakura as the decorative flowering cherry trees are called in Japan are widely distributed across the world This i

  7. says:

    I found this book very engaging and informative I think it did a great job of introducing many of the cherry vari

  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 fo

  9. says:

    An absolutely brilliant fascinating book

  10. says:

    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 Ben

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