March 29, four postage stamps dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the Sochi Arboretum are issued as part of the Russian Flora series


Russian flora is distinguished by its diversity — there are more than 12,500 species
of plants, approximately 5,000 mosses and lichens, and as many as 11,000 fungi.
The plant kingdom of the Caucasus Black Sea coast is exceptionally rich, which is
stipulated by the terrain and several different climate zones present within the
region. The best plant collections are showcased in Arboretum Park situated in the
resort city of Sochi, Krasnodar Krai.

This monument of garden art was founded in 1892 by Sergey Khudekov, an exotic
plant scholar, collector and playwright. There are pool cascades, a cable way with
stunning views on the mountains and the sea, a rose garden, as well as geographic
sections having not only specimens from the Caucasus and the Mediterranean but
also plants from other countries in all the continents. The lower part of the
arboretum boasts an aquarium, where Red Sea denizens live. The park comprises
more than 1,500 timber and bush species, as well as 1,800 plants.


The postage stamps feature plants growing in Arboretum Park, such as the green
snowdrop, Erythronium caucasicum, the date-plum, and the eastern sowbread.

Additionally, JSC “Marka” manufactured an illustrated cover with the postage
stamps and first day covers with cancellation (Sochi, Krasnodar Krai) inside, as
well as 4 maximum cards.

Design: A. Povarikhin.
Face value: 29 RUB.
Size of stamp: 36.5×29 mm, size of sheet: 100×150 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (2×4) stamps.
Circulation: 100,000 stamps each (50,000 sheets)


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