American Gardens

American Gardens

Forever 55¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 5/13/2020

Ten new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service celebrate the beauty of American gardens.

The love of gardening stretches back to the earliest years of our country, inspiring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers to plant some of America’s most iconic colonial-era gardens. From the 19th century to today, landscape designers have continued that tradition.

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  • Ten new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service celebrate the beauty of American gardens.

    Each stamp features a photograph of a small but evocative area of one of ten gardens: The gardens include: Biltmore Estate Gardens (North Carolina); Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York); Chicago Botanic Garden (Illinois); Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Maine); Dumbarton Oaks Garden (District of Columbia); The Huntington Botanical Gardens (California); Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park (Florida); Norfolk Botanical Garden (Virginia); Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Ohio); and Winterthur Garden (Delaware).

    The love of gardening stretches back to the earliest years of our country, inspiring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers to plant some of America’s most iconic colonial-era gardens. From the 19th century to today, landscape designers have continued that tradition. Conceived for many reasons—for food or pleasure, as places of education and scientific study, as an expression of the owners’ artistic sensibilities, as spaces for the public to commune with nature, or simply for the love of gardening—American gardens capture our imagination and satisfy a yearning for beauty and order.

    Every year, millions of Americans visit gardens, public and private. Many public gardens are open year-round; in addition to the plants and trees on display, classes, exhibits, and other events encourage visitors to experiment and create their own gardens. During the spring and summer, planned tours and open garden days allow visitors to step into private enclaves and see how homeowners have enhanced and designed their spaces, be they large estates, small suburban yards, or rooftop aeries.

    Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with photos taken by Allen Rokach between 1996 and 2014.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 572704

  • Issue:American Gardens Stamps
    Item Number:572700
    Denomination &
    Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
    Format:Pane of 20 (10 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:May 13, 2020, Winterthur, DE 19803
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Designer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Typographer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Existing Photos:Allen Rokach
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:50,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America
    Colors:Pantone 554, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 1.085 in./ 36.068 x 27.559 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 1.225 in./39.624 x 31.115 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):7.5 x 7.9 in./190.5 x 200.66 mm
    Plate Size:180 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:B followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: American Gardens • Plate number in bottom two corners
    Back:©2019 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (572700) • Plate position diagram (9) • Promotional text

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