Australia 2000 Gardens
- 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
- 1 Description
- 2 Stamps
- 3 First Day Covers
- 4 Maximum Cards
- 5 Presentation Pack
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.
- Perforations: 14 x 14½
- Format: sheetlets of 10
45c Coast Banksia Stamp
45c Swamp Bottlebrush Stamp
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 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 Hibiscus Stamp
- Perforations: 11½ x 11¼, 11¾ (coil stamps)
- Formats: booklets of 10, coils of 100
The self-adhesive stamps have pale green frames.
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was Gardenvale VIC 3185.