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300,000 Handmade Poppies Flood The RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London

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The year was 2013. Two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight thought to pay a small personal tribute to their fathers, who had fought in World War II.  The idea was simple: they would crochet 120 poppies to display at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. They perhaps never imagined how big that thought would grow!

Today, the 5000 Poppies Project honours war heroes worldwide.

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Soon, more than 50,000 contributors chipped in, and hundreds of smaller localised installations popped up throughout Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

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In 2016, the entire installation was on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. Landscape designer Phillip Johnson’s simple, elegant design turned the gardens of the Royal Chelsea Hospital into an eye-popping sea of red with more than 12,500 sq ft of handcrafted poppies on display.

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This vast tribute was flown all the way from Melbourne to honour the servicemen and women who have fought across all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the last 100 years.

Every Poppy Holds A Memory

The poppies have been beautifully hand-crafted by people from a range of cultures, and communities and ages, from two to 102 years old.

Courtesy: Visit Melbourne

Featured Image: Linda Peall/Flickr

 

 

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