Countdown to Chelsea

The days seem to be rushing by in a flurry of Chelsea related activity. The minutiae involved in pulling this all together is astonishing … for the most part it’s Vaughn, Phillip Johnson’s project manager who is juggling all the balls.  So with just on a month to go until we head off and 38 days I believe until the show opens … there is constant movement.Phillip Johnson LogoThis week we had a wonderful turnout for the farewell from the Victorian Parliament for the poppies.  In stunning sunshine … we sat for the cameras on the steps of Parliament House.  It was fun for us … who have worked with the poppies for so long now, to be able to enjoy our day in the sun … and to see the poppies weaving their magic on our politicians and the general public.  There were tears shed … it is a very moving tribute … and the Parliament House backdrop was amazing.  And it was a huge bonus that there was a reception at Parliament for our Vietnam Veterans on that day so we had an opportunity to talk to them about the project … although most of them knew about the project … to see them close up was wonderful.


Our photographer Clare Takac’s images are spectacular and I can now tick another dream off my poppies list.  Shrine of Remembrance 2013 … TICK, Anzac Day 2015 Fed Square and Princes Bridge …. TICK and TICK, Melbourne International Flower Show … TICK, Parliament House steps … TICK.  RHS Chelsea Flower Show …. COMING SOON.

And then there is the ongoing dream … Western Front …. WATCH THIS SPACE,  Anzac Day match, MCG Melbourne 2018 … STILL A DREAM and Australian War Memorial Remembrance Day 2018 … STILL A DREAM.  Lots of planning and scheming yet to be done post Chelsea.  Of course in between those times we have  loaned our beautiful poppies to a number of organisations to support their own local commemorative efforts, and will continue to do so where we can.  That’s all part of the dream too!!!_F5A0038_F5A9911

_F5A9997So … back to reality … and it looks like our wonderful Qantas sponsors will be begin  shipping part of our precious cargo in the next week.  Untitled-1The wait is nearly over!!!!


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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3 Responses to Countdown to Chelsea

  1. Diane Collyer says:

    Every post on this 5000poppy site brings a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat. My granddaughter is only 8 but I still hope I can share this journey with my great grandchildren. In hope, Diane XX

  2. Jenny Davies says:

    What an absolutely amazing achievement. A simple idea has gone onto the world stage! Congratulations to everyone involved with this important project. You have never lost sight of the original tribute.

  3. Katherine says:

    I am not able to see the photos in this post. I’ve tried phone, tablet, computer and several browsers.

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