Gardening and Horticulture
A commemorative postage stamp on the Garden clubs of America & the Birth Centenary of Liberty Hyde Bailey :
Issued by United States of America
Issued on Mar 15, 1958
The Historic Stamp :
The 3¢ stamp honors the centennial of the birth of Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954), one of America’s foremost botanists. His systematic studies of cultivated plants raised American horticulture to the level of an applied science and greatly influenced many related areas of agriculture.
The stamp’s central design is a figure representing a bountiful Mother Earth. She is holding a horn of plenty which is overflowing with flowers, fruits, vegetables, and shrubs. In the upper right are blossoms of a rose and columbine, two popular indigenous flowers.
The Gardening and Horticulture Stamp was printed in green by steel engraving. It was first placed on sale in Ithaca, New York, where Bailey worked and taught for more than 50 years at Cornell University.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 3 cents
Colour : Green
The Subject of the Stamp :
- In 1958, Cornell University and the Garden Clubs of America staged special celebrations honoring Liberty Hyde Bailey. During his distinguished career, he set up the first laboratory in the U.S. exclusively devoted to horticulture and established new bases for the research, teaching, and practice of the science.
- Bailey did his most important work at Cornell, where he was a professor, dean of the New York State College of Agriculture, and director of the Bailey Hortorium. He involved chemists, physiologists, and geneticists in horticulture and instituted “in–the–field” teaching methods.
- Bailey’s legacy includes some 700 scientific papers and 66 books. Among them are The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture and the Manual of Cultivated Plants, which continue to be the principal works in the field.