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Postal Service reveals 11th of 16 stamps celebrating National Park Service's Centennial
A pink water lotus arching toward the sky in Washington, D.C.'s Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is featured on the 11th of 16 Forever Stamp images. The stamps are being revealed individually over a three-week period to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Washington, D.C.
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is the only national park dedicated to cultivating water-loving plants, like the water lotus featured in the centennial stamp. The best time to see them is at the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival, which is on July 16 this year.
"We invite everyone to help us celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday and come find your park at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens," Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said. "Join us for a first-day-of-issue event for these centennial stamps on June 2, at the Lotus and Water Lily Festival this July, and every day at this incredible neighborhood national park in the heart of D.C."
The original ponds and greenhouses of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are more than 100 years old and represent a time capsule surrounded by urban neighborhoods in our nation's capital. The original lotus and lilies were planted by a Civil War veteran who bought the 30-acre parcel in the 1880s. The park also contains the last remaining natural wetlands in the District of Columbia.
The stamp image was photographed by Cindy Dyerof Alexandria, VA, who also provided the images from Kenilworth for the Water Lilies Forever Stamps issued last year. These plants have international significance, as the water lotus is the national plant of India and Vietnam.Check out other National Park Forever Stamps and and help spread the news on social media by using the hashtags #NPSStamps, #FindYourPark or#NPS100. Participate in the June 2 first-day-of-issue ceremony at the world's largest stamp show in New York City, World Stamp Show-NY 2016, or at a national park near you.