Foundation Distributes Sunflowers to Hundreds
On May 15, staff and volunteers from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation distributed hundreds of sunflowers to students and faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sunflowers have been known as an international symbol of a nuclear weapons-free world since 1996, when the Defense Ministers of the United States, Russia and Ukraine planted sunflowers in a fieldï¿½where Soviet missiles targeting the United States were once stationed.
The flowers were donated by a local flower farmer who wanted to spread the message of a nuclear weapons-free world in a creative way. To get involved in working for a nuclear weapons-free world, contact us at http://www.wagingpeace.org/email_staff.php?person=rwayman.
The name Helianthus comes from the Greek words helios, meaning “sun” and anthos, meaning “flower.” They are known to turn their flower heads towards the sun throughout the day. As with other members of the aster family, sunflowers attract a host of pollinators in the late summer garden. In our Garden they are standing tall, blooming throughout September.