Public Gardens

New Stamps Feature American Gardens

If you’re a stamp collector who also gardens, you might want to take notice that the U.S. Postal Service has just issued a series stamps featuring the natural beauty of American gardens. The series of 10 stamps is called American Gardens Forever and features gardens ranging from botanical gardens to country estates and municipal gardens. All the gardens featured are normally open to the public throughout the year, although this year, several are presently closed to the public because of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

The stamps were launched on May 13, 2020.

The featured gardens are: Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (Akron, Ohio), Dumbarton Oaks Garden (Washington, D.C.), Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, Maine), Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe, Ill.), Winterthur Garden (Winterthur, Del.), Biltmore Estate Gardens (Asheville, N.C.), Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park (Tallahassee, Fla.), the Huntington Botanical Gardens (San Marino, Calif.), and Norfolk Botanical Garden (Norfolk, Va.).

Life List

I’ve been able to visit seven of the featured gardens and was originally planning to visit Norfolk Botanical Garden in April, but the trip was canceled because of—you guessed it!—the coronavirus outbreak. I’ll certainly go next year. 

How many have you visited?

Purchase

You can purchase stamps through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-782-6724, by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations across the USA.

Definitely stamps you’ll want to add to your collection!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

3 comments on “New Stamps Feature American Gardens

  1. Margaret

    So glad that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was included. Usually it gets overlooked in favor of the NY Botanical Gardens. But now that Brooklyn is trendy, I guess that more of its attractions are getting the attention (and funding) they deserve.

    I spent a lot of time at the BBG when I lived there. Back when Brooklyn was scary, it was a wonderful escape.

    I’ve only visited four, all on the east coast. But then I don’t get out much!

  2. I have visited none of these, although I grew material for the Huntington Botanical Garden.

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