300,000 Poppies Coming To Chelsea Flower Show

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 19 months ago
300,000 Poppies Coming To Chelsea Flower Show
The 5,000 Poppies Project in Federation Square in Melbourne. Photo: Patrick Redmond

Anyone who was wowed by the Tower of London poppy installation in 2014 is in for a treat — 300,000 commemorative poppies will be unveiled at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

The crocheted poppies were created as part of the 5,000 Poppies Project, which began in Australia to mark Anzac Day. When 250,000 of them had been created, the poppies were displayed in Melbourne’s landmark Federation Square and on Princes Bridge.

Landscape designer Phillip Johnson is responsible for bringing the poppies to Chelsea, covering a 2,000 sqm area of the gardens of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Artist impression of 5000 Poppies at Chelsea Flower Show. Artist: Colin Jackson

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 takes place 24-28 May. Full details on website.

Last Updated 06 April 2016

Roger Wood

The first 'in memoriam' poppy I ever saw was an individual ceramic one at the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, in June 2014 (pre-dating the Tower of London ones by a good couple of months). Interesting to see there's an ANZAC connection here, as well. https://www.flickr.com/photos/...