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New stamps celebrate floral bouquets

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Artist Elizabeth Brandon and Employee Resource Management VP Simon Storey stand in front of a stamp display at the Flowers From the Garden dedication ceremony in Sioux Falls, SD.

Flowers From the Garden, four stamps that honor the beauty of floral arrangements, were dedicated Aug. 16.

“The Postal Service has a long tradition of showcasing flowers and floral artwork on stamps.  Flowers have been a perennial favorite, with hundreds of floral stamps released over the years,” said Employee Resource Management VP Simon Storey, who dedicated the stamps in Sioux Falls, SD.

“Each of these stamps is a small masterpiece, or as we say in the Postal Service, miniature works of art,” Storey said.

The ceremony was held at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. Other speakers included South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Sioux Falls City Council Member Michelle Erpenbach, plant scientist Sarah Stowers, and stamp artist Elizabeth Brandon.

The 20-stamp sheet features four images inspired by 17th and 18th century still-life paintings of garden flowers: red camellias and yellow forsythia in a pitcher; white peonies and pink tree peonies in a vase; white hydrangeas, white and pink roses, green hypericum berries and purple lisianthus in a vase; and blue hydrangeas in a pot.

The stamps are available at and Post Offices nationwide. This week’s news release has more information.

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