Box 13, Folder 12, Document 93

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Director of Plant Importations
United States Department of Agriculture
Beltsville, Maryland

Dear sir,
The Atlanta Bonsai Society has talked to Dr.George Avery

of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and he has informed us that we can

get permission to import a 100-year old Pinus pentaphylla from

Kyuzo Murata of Kyukaen Bonsai Garden, Bonsai-cho, Omiya Saitamo,

Because of the great age and high cost of this bonsai-
tree we would like to have it shipped direct to Atlanta, Georgia,
in its container with soil not removed, via Air Express.

We feel that you will grant such a permit in view of the
fact that this tree will be placed in the newly constructed
"Dr.A.Leslie Stephens,Jr.Memorial Bonsai Garden"at Piedmont Park
and tended by competent members of the Atlanta Bonsai Society.

Mr.Berend Oortman, Chief Horticulturist for the City of
Atlanta will be directly responsible for the health of the tree
as per the post-entry requirements. The City of Atlanta is aware
and cooperating in this project.

We would like to ship this tree from Japan during the
month of May, so your soonest cooperation will be greatly ap-

Thanking you in advance,

Your sineere,

(Signed) Mrs,Charles Busch
secretary to the Chairman of
Dr.A.Leslie Stephens,Jr.
Memorial Bonsai Garden Committee

Copies sent to:
Senior Senator Richard B.Russell
Mrs.Grace P.Wilson, American Horticulture Society

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