On June 12, 2014, An Post issued two new stamps to celebrate the first year Ireland will host the World Flower Show.
For five days in June, the Royal Dublin Society will host the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) World Flower Show 2014. This is a major event in the international floriculture calendar and an important festival with participants from all 31 member countries including North and South America, South Africa, The Far East, Australia, New Zealand and from all over Europe.
Events include a Flower Arranger’s Conference with over 1,200 participants and The World Flower Show, an exhibition of flower arrangements that will be open to the public. This exhibition will showcase the beautiful and extravagant creations of flower arrangers from all over the world and the RDS is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors per day from all over the world.
The World Flower Show is a triennial event and 2014 is the first year Ireland has been invited to host the event. The theme for the show is ‘A Floral Odyssey’. During the show, the Royal Dublin Society’s Convention Complex will be transformed into a haven of beauty filled with spectacular competitive floral exhibits. Creativity and innovation from floral artists will be to the fore while Irish and International floral demonstrators and lecturers will take visitors on magical tours.
There will be organized tours of the gardens and scenery of Dublin and the surrounding counties and everything culminates in a gala banquet on the final night.
The two stamps were designed by Atelier David Smith to mark World Flower Show 2014 in Dublin. They are very intriguing stamps and show details from a photograph of an orchid. The actual orchid featured here is of the genus Phalaenopsis and is native to South East Asia,but has become a very common house plant in Ireland. It was photographed using X-ray techniques to reveal the varying hues and details in the petals.