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Garden Podcast: Phillip Johnson, 5000 Poppies at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. The Sodshow.

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The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – live 3pm – 4pm in iTunes and all good podcast stores. 

This Friday, we chat with Phillip Johnson at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Phillip Johnson, for those who may not be aware, in 2013 won Gold and Best In Show at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We met at The Royal Hospital Chelsea when there to cover Chelsea Flower Show. Fair to note that we hadn’t planned to do this interview, solely because we didn’t think for one minute we’d get it to happen. We did.  In was and is to date the most emotional piece of audio I have ever been a part of. It was an honour.

To quote 500 poppies:

Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers Wal Beasley (14/32nd Battalion – Australian Imperial Forces) and Stan Knight (Queen’s Own West Kent Regiment – British Army).

Say RHS Chelsea:

A breathtaking display of thousands of handmade poppies adorns the vista from the showground to the Royal Hospital this year. Designer Phillip Johnson, who won Best Show Garden in 2013, is the creator behind the poignant flower exhibit. Using almost 300,000 individually crocheted poppies, Phillip’s garden design covers nearly 2,000sq m (21,000sq ft) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and show visitors can admire his work from the showground.

They also note in the printed programme:

Major sponsors, the Victorian Government and Quantas have flown the installation to London. The estimated load is 35 cubic metres of poppies – approximately half the cargo hold of an A3 Airbus. 

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