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New Zealand Memorial Garden, Passchendaele, Belgium

Remembrance through plant symbolism, visual art and literature

Boffa Miskell’s design proposal was selected as the winning entry in an invited design competition run by the New Zealand based Passchendaele Society to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

The Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917 is developing seven poppy shaped gardens. It is important that New Zealand is represented with its own garden as so many of our soldiers’ lives were lost in the war.

The design for the New Zealand memorial garden responds to three themes: remembrance through plant symbolism, remembrance through visual art and remembrance through literature. Each of these themes are celebrated as a discrete design element within the individual petals and are also used to span the whole poppy installation, as a way to unify the space as a single installation, exhibit and experience of commemoration.

The New Zealand memorial gardens will sit alongside seven other participating countries including Australia and the United Kingdom and is due to be completed for the centennial commemorations starting later in 2014.

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Landscape Architecture

The facts

ClientThe Passchendaele Society
Project teamCathy Challinor
Worked withGary McShane
Rob Walsham, Envivo
Project dateJanuary 2014 – installation by October 2017
AwardsNZ Memorial Garden Design Competition, The Passchendaele Society
Category Finalist for Visionary Landscape, NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards 2015