My Blog Posts are based on memories backed up by my photographs.  They come to mind and appear in no particular order and in a variety of ways. Recently, when clearing some files, I came across a most attractive presentation of Australian Postage Stamps entitled GARDEN issued in the year 2000.  I immediately had the memory of a most enjoyable outing with family members residing in Victoria at that time.  We visited the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.  This is an annual flower show held in late March or early April. It is located in the World Heritage Site of Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building. It is considered to be the largest horticultural event in the southern hemisphere, attracting over 100,000 visitors and is rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world. The first show was held in 1995. The creativity of Australia’s top floral and landscape designers is something to behold in the stunning displays.

The issue of stamps highlights some of the garden plants and wildlife of Australia and was released to coincide with the Garden Show from 12th to 16th April, 2000.  It shows a garden through the seasons from winter through to late summer.

STAMP No. 1 – Coast Banksia, False Sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia) and the Swamp Bloodwood.    STAMP No. 2 – Albany Bottlebrush with the Eastern Spinebill (also called Spine-billed Honeyeater).  STAMP No. 3 – Canna ‘Lucifer’ and the Canna ‘Brandy Wine’.  STAMP No. 4 – Rosa ‘Lord Gold’, Rosa ‘Blush Rambler’ and Rosa ‘Iced Parfait’ and in the background is a Purple Swamphen.  STAMP No. 5 – Hibiscus or Rose of China with the Nerium Oleander in the background.

‘The Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were completed in 1880.  Today, the Royal Exhibition Building flourishes as one of the world’s oldest exhibition pavilions, symbolising the great 19th century international exhibition movement. With its meticulously restored opulent interior, expansive galleries and soaring dome, the Great Hall continues to offer a magnificent setting for trade shows, fairs and cultural and community events. The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were added to the World Heritage list on 1 July 2004, becoming the first building in Australia to achieve World Heritage listing.’

Today’s MOMENTS are tomorrow’s MEMORIES


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