2012 45¢ Plant for More Beautiful Streets
Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird began a new chapter in her work when many her age were slowing down. The National Wildflower Research Center, established on the former First Lady’s 70th birthday, is an ongoing memorial to her conservation efforts.
Johnson and actress Helen Hayes opened the research center to encourage the use of native wildflowers. Lady Bird donated 60 acres of land in Austin, Texas, and $125,000 for the facility.
The center grew through the years, offering advice and education to agencies and organizations around the world. In 1998, the name was changed to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and, it now covers 279 acres.
Wildflowers conserve water, reduce the need for mowing, and provide a home for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Over 700 plant species grow on the grounds of the facility. It is a resource for growing and maintaining wildflowers in home gardens, commercial landscapes, and along roadsides.
For her work with the center, Lady Bird has been nicknamed the “Johnny Appleseed” of wildflowers. Her daughter Lucie once said, “I think there is no legacy she would more treasure than to have helped people recognize the value in preserving and promoting our native land.”
In the 1960s, stamps were issued to encourage the beautification of America. The artwork from those stamps, as well as Lady Bird’s White House portrait, were the inspiration behind the stamps which commemorate her 100th birth anniversary. The original engraved stamps with art by Walter D. Richards and Gyo Fujikawa were adapted for printing in offset lithography.
Value: 45¢ 1-ounce first-class rate
Issued: November 30, 2012
First Day City: Austin, TX
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed By: Ashton Potter
Printing Method: Offset
Perforations: Die cut 10 3/4
The stamps that inspired the 2012 Lady Bird Johnson issues are U.S. #1318 and U.S. #1368-68.