Australia 2000 Gardens

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  • Issue Date: 23 March 2000
  • Designed by: Stacey Zass
  • Illustrated by: Marg Towt
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
  • Withdrawal date: 31 March 2001


This special issue of five se-tenant stamps, is being released to coincide with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Gardening is arguably the most popular pastime in Australia. Gardens have always held a special magic and lure of their own. A garden is a place to relax, play, create and nurture, a place that can inspire or soothe.

Gardens perform important functional, ornamental and therapeutic roles. They can purify the air, add privacy, provide protection from the elements, and sustain wildlife. They beautify our surroundings. Gardens nourish and heal us, spiritually and physically. In this five stamp set, the illustrator, Marg Towt, captures all these facets of a garden’s magic.

The stamps (from left to right) show a garden through the seasons, from winter to late summer. The first two stamps depict native flowering plants; the remaining three designs feature popular exotics.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Format: sheetlets of 10

45c Coast Banksia Stamp

This stamp features Coast Banksia (Banksia integrifolia var. integrifolia) with False Sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia violacea) and Swamp Bloodwood (Corymbia ptychocarpa) in the background.

45c Coast Banksia

45c Swamp Bottlebrush Stamp

Shown on this stamp is the Swamp Bottlebrush (Beaufortia sparsa) or Albany Bottlebrush with the Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) also called the Spine-Billed Honeyeater.

45c Swamp Bottlebrush

45c Border of Cannas Stamp

A border of Cannas is depicted on this stamp. Included are Canna X generalis ‘Lucifer' , Canna X generalis, Canna X generalis ‘Brandy Wine’.

45c Border of Cannas

45c Roses Stamp

The roses shown on this stamp are Rosa ‘Lord Gold’ a repeat-flowering rose created in 1980 by Delbard, of France. Rosa ‘Blush Rambler’ – a modern, vigorous rambler often found in cottage gardens. Rosa ‘Iced Parfait’ – produced by Sister Mary Xavier of Launceston, Tasmania. The background birds are Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as Eastern or Western Swamphen.

45c Roses

45c Hibiscus Stamp

The Hibiscus or Rose of China (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is in the foreground on this stamp. The background plant is Nerium oleander ‘Punctatum’ (N.o. ‘Monsieur Belaguier’).


Se-tenant Strip

Se-tenant strip of 5 x 45c


Sheetlet of 10 x 45c se-tenant

Self-adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations: 11½ x 11¼, 11¾ (coil stamps)
  • Formats: booklets of 10, coils of 100

The self-adhesive stamps have pale green frames.

Single Stamps

45c Coast Banksia
45c Swamp Bottlebrush
45c Border of Cannas
45c Roses
45c Hibiscus


$4.50 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 45c

Coil Strip

Coil strip of 5 x 45c

First Day Covers

The first day of issue postmark was Gardenvale VIC 3185.

First day cover - sheet stamps
First day cover - self-adhesive stamps

Maximum Cards

45c Coast Banksia maximum card
45c Swamp Bottlebrush maximum card
45c Border of Cannas maximum card
45c Roses maximum card
45c Hibiscus maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack - sheetlet of 10 x 45c
Presentation pack back cover