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See the Wildflower extravaganza displays
It's that time of year again! Kings Park Festival returns in September and each year it seems to get bigger and better! With a host of functions and things to do during the month-long event, there is always something for everyone.
This year it runs from the 1st to 30th September 2019. Join in for the world's biggest celebration of Western Australian wildflowers in spectacular Kings Park and Botanic Garden. It will be an extravaganza of events and activities for lovers of wildflowers, gardens, conservation, art, local culture and the beautiful natural landscapes of Western Australia.
The 2019 Kings Park Festival is proudly presented by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Friends of Kings Park with the generous support of Lotterywest. Western Australia has some of the most diverse and unique plant species anywhere on earth, and luckily we don't have to travel far to see them! Tens of thousands of extraordinary wildflowers from all over the State will be blooming right in the fantastic Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
There will be an exhibit of events and activities for garden gurus, wellness people, keen conservationists, families and wildflower enthusiasts. There will also be many free guided walks, outdoor exhibitions, acoustic musicians and roving performers, science talks and other activities that will take place against a backdrop of colourful wildflowers.
With fabulous ideas for photos on spots around every corner, iconic WA species including kangaroo paws, waxes, Qualup bells and carpets of pink everlastings are just some of the 3,000 plant species growing in Kings Park. Where else would there be 3,000 plant species growing in one area!
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is Western Australia's most visited destination and it is indeed one of the world's largest and most beautiful inner-city parks. It has those sweeping views of the Swan River and Perth City and is home to the WA Botanic Garden, State War Memorial and many other attractions.
BACKYARD BOTANICALS GARDENS This demonstration garden is located around the Zamia Cafe on May Drive Parkland. It is is the perfect place to get some native gardening momentum. They have many native plant species on display, and this garden is water-wise. For more advice, book into a Dig it with Coffee session. This will be held on the first Wednesday of each month and every Wednesday in September. Here, you'll meet a Kings Park horticulturist and the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners who will give you the answers to many native gardening questions over a cup of coffee
ROE GARDENS AND THE PLACE OF REFLECTION One of the most peaceful and little-known areas of the WA Botanic Garden, the Place of Reflection was made so that visitors can have a place to enjoy a quiet moment of and reconnect with nature. This area has picturesque views of the Swan and Canning Rivers and the Darling Range, and its garden beds tend to attract a variety of bird species to the area.
This area is located between Roe Gardens and the Water Garden, and the Marri Woodlands features a large tree canopy and soft pathways. This causes a calmness and serenity in the area as you walk through the area.
There will be dozens of free and fabulous events, a community craft project and some great competitions at this year's Festival.
COMMUNITY ART INSTALLATION
You could help create the festival's biggest ever community art installation! The creative installation will be built from hundreds of woven wildflowers. They will then be displayed in Kings Park this September. The circular woven wildflowers will be a mix of sizes and can be woven or crocheted with yarn, fabric or even cellophane.
The Floral Regalia installation is also open to both beginners and experienced people who are crafty. All you need is an old hula hoop and some yarn, fabric or other material (preferably recycled!)
Once your designs are finished, drop them off at Kings Park's Administration Building by 5.00 pm on Friday 23rd August. Then come back in September to see the display.
FLOWERS IN FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
This year you will be partnering with the Art Gallery of Western Australia and to see your magical Western Australian wildflower photos. Send us your best photo by Friday 23rd August for your chance to win prizes. You can have your image displayed in an outdoor exhibition in both Kings Park and the City of Perth this spring.
For more information, as the time gets nearer, go to their website.