Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. If you have been following our Facebook page then you likely already know that in the new year, we will be joining forces with the 5000 Poppies Project to make a wonderful and moving tribute that will commemorate 100 years of service and sacrifice.
Poppies have been hand crocheted and donated by thousands of contributors all over the world, and the 5000 poppies have grown to a whopping 60,000! If you would like to be involved in the project then head to the 5000 Poppies website to find out how.
The first installation will be held on Anzac Day 2015 in the heart of Melbourne and will then take a nationwide tour for the duration of the Centenary. So far, all of the work by The 5000 Poppies Project has been self-funded by contributors to the project, but now they have created a Pozible campaign which can allow you to be a part of the project as well. You can now sponsor a poppy or poppies, to help raise funds for the construction and installation of these displays! All sponsors will be acknowledged in the contributor’s page of the 5000 Poppies Blog and on the 5000 PoppiesFacebook page.
5000 of the sponsored poppies will also form an integral part in our display garden at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. For this display, Phillip Johnson has drawn upon his own personal family connection to the Anzacs.
Phillip’s great grandfather was Lieutenant Frederick Johnson of the XXII Corps and fought during WW1. Frederick wrote endlessly to his family while at war, recalling his home in Australia with warmth and soul, and these letters as well as the idea of remembrance and reflection are the inspiration behind the display.
So if you would like to help these projects come to life and be an integral part of the 5000 Poppies Project, or if you would like to dedicate a poppy to your own Anzac connection, then head to the 5000 Poppies Pozible campaign page and sponsor your poppy today!
Phillip Johnson Landscapes would like to congratulate Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, the founders of the 5000 Poppies Project, for their continued dedication to this fantastic cause!