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In Berkeley: A bamboo tree to make wishes come true

The bamboo wishing trees on Delaware Street in Berkeley. Photo: Eve Kushner
The bamboo wishing trees on Delaware Street in Berkeley. All photos: Eve Kushner

There’s something rather special going on at 2022 Delaware St., just west of Shattuck Avenue, in central Berkeley. Reader Eve Kushner alerted us to a cluster of bamboo plants that grow in pots along the sidewalk that have sprouted dozens and dozens of handwritten wishes.

Kushner said the family that owns the house with the bamboo trees encourages people to write their wishes on what look like large, old-fashioned price tags, and to hang them from the bamboo for all to see and read.

“Most of the wishes are sincere, heartfelt, and touching,” said Kushner. “Lots of wishes for world peace, and the odd one for a pizza with all the toppings!”

We asked Kushner if she could share some photographs of this special Berkeley place.


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Photo: Eve Kushner

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