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News: 2020 U.S. Postal Service Stamps Feature American Gardens


January 14, 2020

"Since 1847, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events, and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States." This year, the Postal Service will release a pane of 20 Forever stamps recognizing the importance and beauty of American Gardens. The stamps feature ten different photographs of botanic, country estate, and municipal gardens, taken between 1996 and 2014, by photographer Allen Kokach.

Deborah Edwards, President of The Garden Club of America, remarked on the significance of this new stamp collection: “I am delighted that the P­ostal Service has chosen to include a stamp collection celebrating American gardens in its 2020 Forever stamps program. This is one more acknowledgement of the importance that gardens play in our national landscape and psyche.”

The Garden Club of America has appreciated gardens as a part of American history and culture since its founding and has sought to preserve this history in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. Six of the gardens, in the stamp series, are part of The Garden Club of America Collection at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. They are the Biltmore Estate Gardens (North Carolina); Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York); Chicago Botanic Garden (Illinois); Dumbarton Oaks Garden (District of Columbia); Winterthur Garden (Delaware); and The Huntington Botanical Gardens (California).

Other gardens included in the Forever panes are: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park (Florida); Norfolk Botanical Garden (Virginia); Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Ohio); and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Maine). 

Art director, Ethel Kessler, designed the stamps.


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