Trophy home gardens make their stamp with Australia Post

Trophy home gardens make their stamp with Australia Post
Trophy home gardens make their stamp with Australia Post

Australia Post is featuring five beautiful private gardens from Open Gardens Australia in a new stamp issue.

Open Gardens Australia began life as Victoria’s Gardens Scheme in 1987, broadening to become a national program in 2000.

Since the organisation’s beginning, it has showcased some 10,000 gardens.

Around 500 new private gardens are open to the public each season.

It is estimated that around 200,000 adults visit the gardens annually.

There are five domestic base rate (70c) stamps and products available from 2 September.

The gardens on the stamps are:

  • Cruden Farm, Victoria. The late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch established the historic garden within a working farm more than 80 years ago, engaging, among others, renowned landscape designer Edna Walling. It is a founding garden in Open Gardens Australia.
  • Mendel Garden, Western Australia. Award-winning landscape designer Janine Mendel developed this wonderful urban garden, which comprises three courtyards, with the stamp showing the lush, subtropical entry courtyard.
  • Niwajiri, South Australia. Steve Hailstone developed Niwajiri in the Adelaide Hills in the late 1980s. Displaying European, Japanese and Australian influences, Niwajiri has been meticulously planned and planted.
  • Walcott Garden, ACT. First developed in 1926 and redesigned by Helen Cohen in 2003, this water-wise garden reflects the vision of its owners, focusing on native plant species, textured foliage and an informal landscape design.
  • Wychwood, Tasmania. This is a superbly designed contemporary cool-climate garden among the rolling hills of northern Tasmania. A focal point in the tranquil garden is a seven-ring classical labyrinth, created through careful grass mowing.



The Open Gardens Australia stamps are designed by Simone Sakinofsky of Australia Post Design Studio, using photographs by Ben Wrigley (Cruden Farm), Steve Hailstone (Niwajiri), Janine Mendel (Mendel Garden), Ben Walcott (Walcott Garden) and Simon Griffiths (Wychwood).

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.



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