WAR Flowers – A Touring Art Exhibition

Event Date: February 25, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Event Time: All day

WAR Flowers – A Touring Art Exhibition


During the First World War, Canadian soldier George Stephen Cantlie plucked flowers from the fields and gardens of war-torn Europe and sent them home to his baby daughter Celia in Montréal. One hundred years later, his touching ritual has provided the inspiration for an innovative multi-sensory experience at the Canadian War Museum. WAR Flowers – A Touring Art Exhibition examines human nature in wartime through artistic representations that combine Cantlie’s letters and pressed flowers with original scents, crystal sculptures and portraits of 10 Canadians directly involved in the First World War.

The exhibition — developed by curator Viveka Melki and les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Quebec — is built around Cantlie’s century-old preserved blooms. Melki has reinterpreted these through floriography, a Victorian method of communicating meaning and emotion with flowers.


WAR Flowers consists of 10 stations, each showcasing a type of flower picked by Cantlie along with one or more of his letters. The stations represent individual attributes associated with the exhibition’s themes and reflect Melki’s beliefs about war. Each station also highlights a Canadian who embodied these attributes, and features his or her personal experiences of the First World War. The exhibition is rounded out by specially commissioned optical crystal sculptures by Toronto artist Mark Raynes Roberts and scents developed in Magog, Quebec by perfumer Alexandra Bachand.


The exhibition is included in the $10 admission charge to the museum.  To buy tickets, please go to: warflowers.brownpapertickets.com

Admissions are for one-hour periods. Simply select your date and then CHOOSE YOUR HOUR OF ADMISSION FROM THE LIST on the right-hand side for individual admissions.

To book a group visit of 15 people or more, please contact the museum directly at 416 597-0227 ext. 2 or at info@campbellhousemuseum.ca

Special guided group tours are available at $4/person (extra to the admission; 15 people minimum). Please request your guided tour at the time of group booking.Lunch package information will be provided at the time of your group booking.


The WAR Flowers exhibition is a production of Reford Gardens. This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.