Jacaranda gets stamp
JACARANDAS put on a breathtaking floral display every year in Grafton.
Its vivid lilac-blue blossoms appear in summer, and later their flowers leave a bed of colour on the ground.
This year, jacarandas in full bloom will line the streets for the 77th Grafton Jacaranda Festival.
To celebrate floral festivals in Australia, Grafton’s iconic bloom has been selected for one of Australia Post’s five floral stamps.
The other stamps in the issue feature popular species − the gerbera, Australian everlasting, violet and tulip.
Australia Post’s philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said he anticipates the beautiful designs in this stamp issue will appeal to a great number of people and we expect to see many “flowers” travelling through the post when the issue is released.
“The flowers featured in the stamp issue each represent a better known floral festival, and together the stamps represent festivals in urban and regional areas across the country,” he said.
“It is little wonder that Grafton’s annual floral festival, which began in1935, takes its name from the flower.
“Around 50 species of jacaranda are found throughout the world, with Jacaranda mimosifolia associated with Grafton’s festival.”
Jacaranda Festival manager Maggie Barnewall said being part of the national first stamp release certainly identifies the importance of the jacaranda festival for the nation.
“It is a privilege to be listed as a major festival in Australia, up with Canberra’s Floriade and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers,” she said.
“The jacaranda festival is of huge economic benefit for Grafton.”
The selection of the jacaranda for the stamp also signifies opportunity for growth in corporate and commercial sectors.
Maggie said senior candidate applications for the jacaranda queen will be open in a few weeks and the crowning will be held on the last Saturday of the festival, October 29.
If you are interested in applying, phone Maggie at the jacaranda festival office on 6642 3959.
The stamp issue is available from participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 or online at www.auspost.com.au/stamps