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Shows & Exhibitions

Client
The 5000 Poppies Project 

Completion
May 2016

Created By
Lynn Berry & Margaret Knight of The 5000 Poppies Project

Presented & Designed By 
Phillip Johnson Landscapes

Major Sponsor
The Victorian Government

Official Carrier
Qantas

Supporters
Carpet Call

RSL

GRIT Comms

Phillip Johnson Landscapes Presents, '5000 Poppies', A Community Tribute of Respect & Remembrance, Created by Lynn Berry & Margaret Knight.

In 2016, Phillip Johnson Landscapes teamed up with The 5000 Poppies Project again to unveil a vast tribute of 300,000 handcrafted poppies at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The ambitious display honours all servicemen and women who have fought across all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the last 100 years, and will be in place for the duration of RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May).

The realisation of this vision for the 2,000sqm display has been made possible through the support of our Major Sponsor The Victorian Government and our Official Carrier, Qantas.

This is the first time that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has connected into the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in such a dramatic way, and RHS Chelsea organisers see the installation as a highlight of the Show.

This spectacular tribute has come from humble beginnings and sparked massive international community interest.  In 2013, Lynn and Margaret set out to crochet just 120 crocheted poppies to plant at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in honour of their fathers who both fought in WWII.  An enormous outpouring of community spirit and creative energy took this project to its unprecedented scale.

One of the key contributors to the display are the volunteer knitting group Knitting For Victory, which was founded by Verena Tucker and Sara Davies, whose husbands both serve in the Royal Air Force (RAF). They unite knitters from all over UK, Canada, Australia and America to create handcrafted poppies to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  To date the group has raised over £10,000, and the group has contributed 1,500 poppies to the display.

Phillip Johnson’s ambitious, elegant design for Chelsea incorporates a stunning selection of poppies from 50,000 contributors from across the globe, ranging in ages from 2 to 106 years old. The design features a simple central geometric installation, complemented by over 26,500 stemmed poppies extending into the manicured lawns of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Lynn says: “Even as a founder of this project I have been completely astounded by the support we have received every step of the way. We are immensely proud to bring this project to such a scale on the world-renowned stage of RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”

The generous assistance of the Victorian Government and Qantas has been instrumental in allowing this massive community undertaking to travel to London.