Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Cover #4: 150 Years of Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore is a tiny island with huge of amazingness. Almost 50 per cent of Singapore is covered by greenery. Creative urban planning plays an important role to ensure optimal usage of land in order to sustain the natural assets. No wonder if Singapore gains its reputation as a Garden City.

In mid 1960's when the Garden City campaign was launched by Prime Minister LKW, the Singapore Botanic Gardens took a leading role in the greening of Singapore.The first botanic gardens in Singapore is established by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822. However, because of insufficient funding the gardens was closed in 1829 after Raffles' death. It was not until 30 years later, the present Singapore Botanic Gardens was founded by Agri-Horticultural Society. 

Last week, a friend from Singapore, Wang Lei, sent me a beautiful cover of  150 Years Singapore of Botanic Gardens. The series were designed by Singapore designer Mr Eng Siak Loy who has won many awards for his stamp designs. A souvenir sheet with square shaped stamp was affixed on the front cover. It depicts the black swan, a bird species native to Western Australia. The swans can be admired in beautiful setting of Eco Lake. 

On the back of the cover, he also stuck two different 1st local stamps, still in same theme. They depict popular spots in Singapore Botanic Gardens: the Visitor Centre and the Band Stand. In addition, Wang Lei put two postage labels with "Destination Singapore" captions below those stamps. Again, they are still in the theme of 150 Years of Singapore Botanic Gardens, depicting the Girl on the Swing Sculpture. Postage label is a self adhesive label in a range of postage values from self-service postage label vending machines. This kind of product is not available yet in Indonesia. Hence, it is also a new thing for me. :D

Many thanks, Wang Lei!


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