The bloom of spring flowers is a source of delight for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, particularly after the chill of a long winter. Gardens provide joy, sustenance, and a sense of purpose to those who tend them, but they also give birds, plants, and animals a refuge and the resources they need to survive. With the release of the Garden Delights stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the flora and fauna of America’s spring and summer gardens.
This booklet of 20 stamps features four images, each of a single, female ruby-throated hummingbird, hovering next to either a zinnia, cigar flower, spotted touch-me-not, or sunflower.
No garden would be complete without the buzzes, hums, and musical melodies of nature’s visiting wildlife. Hummingbirds in particular have long been a source of joy in summer gardens for their enchanting countenances and diminutive size. Unique among birds, these tiny, aerodynamic marvels are remarkable pollinators as well. More than 7,000 flowering plants rely on these important avian pollinators to collect and deliver the pollen they need to produce fruit and seeds.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using existing photographs by wildlife photographer Ben King.
The Garden Delights stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
First Day of Issue Ceremony
First Day of Issue Date: March 16, 2024
First Day of Issue Location: Strongsville, OH
Stamp Art Director
Greg Breeding studied design and typography at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He began his career by working as a designer for several nonprofits. In 1992 Breeding co-founded Journey Group, a design firm where he currently serves as the president.
In addition to his work at Journey, Breeding has taught design courses internationally for nonprofits. Breeding has received numerous industry awards from Print’s Regional Design Annual, Communication Arts, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Florida Magazine Association.
Breeding's first stamp as art director for the U.S. Postal Service was the 2012 issuance, The War of 1812: USS Constitution. “I'm interested in creating art for the public good,” Breeding says, “and honoring a person or event on a stamp highlights and celebrates what's positive in our culture.”
Breeding lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Lyndee.
Growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, Ben King became fascinated by the wildlife around him from a young age. He spent countless hours outdoors with his field guides taking photos to try and identify the creatures he encountered. During a fifteen-year professional cycling career, his interest in wildlife photography became a passion as he travelled the world. He began to see photography not only as a way to reduce the stress of his high stakes cycling competitions, but also as a means of artistic expression.
King is a self-taught photographer and works from his studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. Although he loves searching for and learning about new species, his favorite photography moments have been capturing “the usual suspects” in ways that renew appreciation for them in others. He hopes his images stir curiosity, inspire exploration, and encourage a desire to protect the environment we share with so much incredible wildlife.
King’s photographs are in various public and private collections as well publications such as Blue Ridge Outdoors.
Garden Delights is King’s first stamp project for the U.S. Postal Service.