What is it about gardening that makes it among the most popular physical activities in New Zealand? Is it the chance to enjoy the great outdoors while staying close to home? The satisfaction of seeing extraordinary beauty bloom from the plainest of seeds? Or merely the simple pleasure of hard work rewarded?
Whatever the reason, New Zealanders are garden-lovers on a grand scale, whether they are tending their own blooms or enjoying the fruits of others' labour in the many public botanical gardens and private estates open to view.
Our Garden Flowers stamp issue applauded this floral fanaticism with five beautifully illustrated flowers - each one bred and raised in New Zealand, and a product of many hours, sometimes years, of meticulous care and attention.
A Perfumed Bouquet
The Garden Flowers miniature sheet was a floral display in more ways than one - as well as presenting all five stamps in their pictorial splendour, the 45c magnolia was fragrantly perfumed! This was New Zealand Post's first-ever 'scratch and smell' stamp - a collector's item and a pleasant sensory experience in one beautiful package.
From Seedlings to Sunflowers
If you had an eye for beauty, you would have loved the Garden Flowers presentation pack. This pack included more detail on the Kiwi passion for gardening, the flowers and their breeders. You also acquired the complete set of gummed stamps, as well as the miniature sheet, plus stamp and miniature sheet first day covers.
The two first day covers presented the Garden Flowers in two different formats - one, the stamps themselves, the other the miniature sheet. Sitting elegantly on a white background, they reminded us of the powerful effect these bursts of colour and form have on our appreciation of nature.
Product Listing for Garden Flowers
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|Date of issue:||2 June 2004|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||45c Magnolia 'Vulvan', 90c Helleborus 'Unamed Hybrid', $1.35 Nerine 'Anzac', $1.50 Rhododendron 'Charisma', $2.00 Delphinium 'Sarita'|
|Stamps and first day cover illustrated by:||Susan Worthington|
|Stamps designed by:||CommArts Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 35mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||50|
|Perforation guage:||13.85 x 13.75|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until close of business 1 June 2005.|