Australian Garden of Peace, France

Type: Show Garden
Location: Amiens, France
Size: 3000sqm
Photographer: Hanna Digital Design
Completed: N/A

This exhibition garden was designed to be a poignant tribute to the shared history of Australia and France during times of war, encapsulating the emotions and reflections associated with it. The design is divided into two distinct zones, featuring towering mounds housing sculptures of soldiers from both nations. These mounds, with their trench-like entrances and symbolic plantings, serve as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made during the Battle of the Somme. Masses of Pennisetum symbolises the affected populations, while vibrant red poppies represent the fallen soldiers, their cycle mirroring the changing seasons and the persistence of memory.

Deciduous trees frame the site and provide a sense of scale, all while respecting the historic Roman road passing beneath the garden. The sculptures, crafted by local artists, face each other, symbolizing the enduring connection between the armed forces of Australia and France.

Additionally, the garden offers a space for contemplation, centred around a Wollemi pine – a living fossil, now a symbol of hope and remembrance. The surrounding bench invites visitors to reflect inwardly or gaze upon the island garden beds filled with hardy, low-maintenance plantings that evoke the theme of peace and remembrance. With its thoughtful design and ease of maintenance, this garden stands as a living memorial, ensuring that the past is never forgotten.

We acknowledge and pay respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and the Torres Strait as the original custodians of these unceded lands.

We recognize and respect Traditional Owners continued connection to the land, water, sky and people, and their responsibilities of caring for Country.

We pay respects to Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensures the continuation of culture and traditional practices, and we appreciate their guidance when it is shared with us.