ODOT Red Poppy Remembrance Garden

Rows of red poppies at memorial garden

Cardno supported the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) centennial celebration of the end of World War I (WWI) at the grand opening and dedication of the agency’s WWI Red Poppy Remembrance Garden.

The garden honors those individuals who lost their lives in WWI, including approximately 6,500 soldiers from Ohio. Visitors to the garden have the opportunity to learn about Ohio’s role in WWI and its partnerships with Veterans Service Organizations around the State.  

Cardno’s team played a key role in this project by growing and supplying more than 1,600 full-size red poppies for the commemorative garden. The national symbol of the American Legion, the Red Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is native to Europe and bloomed in battlefields and cemeteries all over Europe after World War I.  

Our team also designed the graphics and wrote the text for the commemorative posters and seed packets provided at the dedication ceremony, as well as the permanent signage explaining Ohio’s role in WWI and the symbol of the Red Poppy. The posters were also displayed at Ohio’s State House in Columbus. 

Cardno’s Native Plant Nursery grew more than 1,600 annual poppy plants with approximately one out of every three plantings infused with an Ohio native pollinator species. Our team also completed the installation and initial maintenance of the garden.  

Following the early to mid-summer poppy blooms, the commemorative garden has been transitioned into a native pollinator waystation to fulfil ODOT’s commitment to increase pollinator habitat and support for Ohio’s Pollinator Habitat Initiative.