U.S. Postal Service to celebrate stamp at Yew Dell Gardens

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Just in time to grace midsummer wedding invitations, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a Garden of Love stamp on Monday from a scenic Crestwood location known for lush gardens and picturesque celebrations.
The Garden of Love  includes 10 different first-class stamps depicting a colorful mosaic of flora and fauna in a garden setting.
These stamps are a continuation of the Love series, begun in 1973, and are intended for use on occasions when love and affection are expressed.
This marks the first Forever Love stamp ever issued.
A first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens – a 33-acre estate in Crestwood marked by its extensive collection of unusual plants and outstanding gardens.
Admission to the botanical gardens is free to the public before 1 p.m.
The dedicating official will be U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Member Ellen Williams.
Additional speakers include Crestwood Mayor Dennis Deibel, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Executive Director Paul Cappiello and Kentuckiana District Manager David Dillman, U.S. Postal Service.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Board of Directors Chairman Mary Rounsavall and Crestwood Postmaster Wilburn Malone will also be on hand for the celebration.
The Crestwood Post Office will offer a special cancellation beginning on May 23.
The postmark will be available for 60 days.
Customers should affix stamps to envelopes of their choice, address envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to: Garden of Love Stamp, Postmaster, 6815 Central Ave., Crestwood, Ky., 40014-9998.  
The cancellation is also available to those on a walk-in basis.
There is no charge for this special postmark.
First Day of Issue collectibles, such as lapel pins, framed art and note cards, will be available on-site the day of the unveiling.
A limited edition set of commemorative envelopes, designed by Louisville artist Joanne Meshew, also will be available at the event.

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