Singapore's Garden City Journey began in 1963, when then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted the first tree, signifying the start of the greening campaign.
Over the decades, flowering species have been introduced to beautify the city and make the streetscape more vibrant. Parks have grown in numbers and attractiveness to become areas where the community can come together to relax, exercise and bond. The pervasive green network of nature reserves, park connectors, tree-lined roads and other natural areas has made living in the city more pleasant.
Singapore, by virtue of its geographical location, has rich biodiversity. Other the years, efforts to conserve its natural heritage have seen four areas gazetted as nature reserves and an increase in wildlife, including dragonflies, butterflies and birds, in particular, the Oriental Pled Hornbill and the Magple Robin.
As land-scarce Singapore continues to urbanize, the support of the community is essential in ensuring the country's natural heritage is conserved and sustained for generations to come.
The four designs in this stamp issue by Singapore Post portray Singapore's vibrant urban landscape nestled within a thriving garden with native plants and wildlife. To commemorate 50 years of greening Singapore, the self-adhesive local stamps from this series come affixed with seeds of Portulaca grandiflora for everyone to plant. All the stamps buyers will be able to have their own little flower garden and participate to Singapore's transformation into a City of Garden.
Portulaca Grandiflora is a small-sized herbaceous creeper, common sight in Singapore in roadside planting, rooftop gardens, on flowerbeds and as ornamental displays in pots.
These attractive and showy flowers bloom throughout the year and are known to attract butterflies.