The 3-cent stamp honoring Gardening and Horticulture was issued through the Ithaca, New York, post office on March 15, 1958. The stamp was issued on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Liberty Hyde Bailey, a noted horticulturist, in conjunction with the centennial celebration in his honor sponsored by Cornell University.
Designed by Denver Gillen, the central subject of the Gardening-Horticulture stamp is a figure emblematic of the bountiful earth, holding a horn of plenty and surrounded by flowers, fruits, vegetables, and shrubs. The rose and columbine, two of the most popular flowers in the United States, appear in the upper right hand corner of the stamp. Across the top and extending down the right portion of the stamp is the wording "Gardening Horticulture." Below the design, arranged in one line, is "US Postage 3c."
The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (February 13, 1958)