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A field of poppies grew this year from 15,000 pieces of paper containing poppy seeds that were planted on the rooftop garden of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa

On the roof of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa this year, a poppy-planting project like no other turned 15,000 seed-embedded paper messages into a field of poppies.Blair Gable/The Globe and Mail

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Each piece of paper that was planted carried a commemorative message written by a visitor to the museum.Blair Gable/The Globe and Mail

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In April, the roof was planted with 10 rows of papers, each 30 metres long. Six million more seeds were planted to ensure growth.Blair Gable/The Globe and Mail

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Patrick Duplain and Karen Kelly helped with the planting and landscaping during the growing season.Blair Gable/The Globe and Mail

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By June, bees were helping the poppy field grow.Blair Gable/The Globe and Mail

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Ottawa's Parliament Buildings provide an unmistakably Canadian backdrop for the project.Blair Gable/The Globe and Mail

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