ANZAC display for RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Some 300,000 handmade poppies are set for display at Chelsea Flower Show, as Australia minister for Veterans John Eren announces that garden designer Phillip Johnson will take a commemorative project to Chelsea Flower Show.

Victoria's Labor Government is contributing $200,000 towards the tour.

The 5000 Poppies Project is one of Victoria’s list of ANZAC Centenary commemorative efforts. The project group "planted" some 250,000 poppies in Federation Square as a tribute to the Australian servicemen and women killed in war, conflicts or peacekeeping operations.

An estimated 50,000 participants knitted, sewed or felted their contributions to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Between 2014-18 Australia is commemorating the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia's involvement with the First World War.

Designer Phillip Johnson, who won best in show at Chelsea 2014, first exhibited the garden at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. He drew upon his own personal family connection to the Anzacs. The letters of his great grandfather, Lieutenant Frederick Johnson of the XXII Corps, who died in the war, are the inspiration behind the display.

The poppies spilt into the landscape through the Australian native trees in the garden design. The display will focus on the idea of remembrance and reflection and of the Anzacs dreaming of the peace and beauty of their former lives back home in Australia. The centre piece of the display was a body of water, reminiscent of the creek Johnson's great grandfather imagined returning to, but never saw again.

Minister for Veterans John Eren said: "The 5000 Poppies Project is a stunning tribute to our servicemen and women. Now, people from all over the world will be able to pay their respects. These are some of the most defining moments in our history. By commemorating our wartime history, we’re ensuring the legacy of our veterans is preserved for future generations to cherish. I commend everyone involved in the 5000 Poppies Project, and I’m thrilled you’re able to showcase your achievements on the world stage."

Project co-author Lynn Berry said: "This is an extraordinary opportunity for our wonderful crafting community to demonstrate our respect and remembrance for the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes on a world stage."

Johnson's garden will be a show feature and will differ from the Melbourne garden, with no creek.

Further gardens planned for Chelsea 2016 are a modern slavery themed garden from Juliet Sargeant, and gardens from Jo Thompson. There are also gardens believed to be from Ann Marie Powell and at least one other woman.

The lack of women designers in 2015 drew criticism as more than half of SGD members are women.

Other designers who are believed to being exhibiting are Andy Sturgeon (Telegraph) Cleve West (M&G), Hugo Bugg (RBC), Rich Brothers (Cloudy Bay) and James Basson (L'Occitane). The is set to be a herb garden and Coutts and Laurent Perrier will also have a garden. They will be officially announced on 10 November.

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