The significance of stamp art often goes under appreciated. Compacted into small, square dimensions, featured illustrations offer a slice of Australian history. We’ve been using postal stamps as early as 1812 and since this time we’ve communicated our landmarks, our icons and treasured moments in our history. However nothing communicates the beauty, rich and rare of the country quite like our native flora. Here, we look back on the intricate botanical illustrations that have adorned Australian stamps over the decades.
This orchid only flowers after a fire, so you may not spot colonies of these striking plants in bloom for decades.
Locals have united to protect native grasslands in Melbourne.
From ethereal scenes to beautiful close-ups, these are the best garden shots. The IGPOTY exhibition will be on display at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney 1-10 March 2014. Visit www.igpoty.com for more information.