The Countdown Begins ….

A wonderful warm welcome to all our poppy friends ….

What an amazing journey this has been.

We have just had five wonderful days in at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show as part of Phillip Johnson Landscape’s gorgeous Anzac tribute garden for his great grandfather who fought and lost his life during WWI in the Somme.

Phillip’s beautiful garden was a heartfelt tribute to his great grandfather’s memory of life  at Reedy Creek near Broadford in Victoria … and his love of his family and how much he and his comrades missed the Australian bush.  The garden was spectacular … as much for its sentiment as for it’s physical beauty … and we at 5000 Poppies were proud and so honoured to be an integral part of this amazing and very moving collaboration … borne out by the many thousands of visitors to the garden and their wonderful comments.

In some ways I wonder if it might be hard to beat that feeling … but then I think of what we will be unveiling in the centre of Melbourne on Anzac Day and my heart skips a beat … because I know that our wonderful servicemen and women and their families will be so moved by this incredible national and international tribute we are planning for them.

So enough of that … final planning meetings are happening this week … and it’s all about to come together.  We cannot wait to share our plans … and I know you are all waiting with bated breath … but can you be patient just a little while longer … it will be worth the wait I promise.

We as a community …. and I mean that in the widest possible sense because we are from many parts of the country and indeed the world, have done an amazing job making and collecting poppies and now we are getting towards the end of our preparations for Anzac Day and I just wanted to let you all know that it’s impossible for Marg and I to thank you enough for your involvement, your commitment, your ownership, your time, your dedication and your enthusiasm and excitement at what we are doing.

By any measure the project has already been an amazing success story … with so many thousands of people coming together to share their work, their stories, their skills and their time … and Marg and I think, the culmination for Anzac Day this year (and throughout the remainder of the Centenary) is the icing on the cake.

We still have a way to go with the panels we are making and would love to keep the momentum up at Morris and Sons for just a couple more weeks … and we will be done … love to see you there to help out if you have a spare minute > 234 Collins Street Melbourne (above Dymocks) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Mon-Sat (except over Easter) until we are finished.

In the meantime I wanted to share a few images from the Garden Show if you haven’t already seen them – there are many more on the facebook page.

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About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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6 Responses to The Countdown Begins ….

  1. Lucy says:

    Hello Lynn,

    My name is Lucy and I am the Editor for a new online magazine called GIVE.
    I have been following your 5000 Poppies blog and am very inspired by the
    amazing work you are doing – what a truly fantastic initiative! I would
    love to feature the 5000 Poppies Project in the May issue of GIVE and
    potentially feature an image for the front cover too.

    A bit of background on the magazine…
    GIVE magazine is a quarterly publication by The Australia Times that
    exists to inspire, inform and ultimately drive action to foster a greater
    culture of giving. Through real stories, interviews, and collaborations,
    GIVE magazine highlights the importance of ‘giving back’ and seeks to
    provide young people with opportunities where they can contribute to their
    communities and make a positive difference.

    The first issue was published in February and has received great feedback.
    You can check it out here:

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Kind regards,

    Lucy Saarelaht
    Editor of GIVE Magazine
    The Australia Times

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Lucy,
      I am sorry … I have been so focussed on finalising our display for Anzac Day that I have really not had much time for the admin side of things …. to my detriment. I am assuming we are far too late for your deadline but would be more than happy to talk to you about the project at some stage.
      Feel free to give me a call when you get a moment to discuss.
      Lynn Berry

  2. Diane Collyer says:

    Photos taken at the Fibre and Fleece Show in Rotorua, New Zealand which also featured  felt, and lots of it. The Rotorua Museum is collecting poppies until April 22 so I am knitting until I leave for Melbourne (and home)  on April 15.

  3. Kerry says:

    Just wondering who is in the photo?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Kerry,
      Not sure which photo in that bunch you are referring to … but the one of the three people is Joanne Griggs from Better Homes and Gardens, myself and Phillip Johnson from Phillip Johnson Landscapes. The one of the woman standing on her own amongst the poppies is my good friend Deb Lewis. Lynn

  4. Diane Collyer says:

    This is the simple yet effective tribute at the Mulwalla RSL club on the Murray River.

    On Monday, 23 November 2015, 15:18, Frank Lineen wrote:


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