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July 2013

Kings Park world class in TripAdvisor awards

City view from Fraser Avenue. Photo: J. D'Arcy.Kings Park has been rated the 12th best park in the world and number one in Australia in the annual Travellers' Choice awards conducted by TripAdvisor. The awards are based on travellers' reviews throughout the year and described Kings Park as 'a beautiful place to spend a few hours, sitting and strolling, and taking in the wonderful views’. The State War Memorial was also recognised in the top ten Australian landmarks, which features the iconic Court of Contemplation and Kings Park Ceremonial Walk. Read more…

Get back to nature and volunteer

Bush Guardian greeting visitors. Photo: J. D'Arcy.Enjoy being outdoors? Interested in volunteering? Keen to meet new friends? Then consider becoming a Naturescaper volunteer with a variety of roles available to suit your interests. Find out how you can become a part of this inspiring volunteering community at an information session on Monday, 22 July 2013. Come and meet the volunteer team from 9.30 am until 11.00 am and learn all about the Bush Guardian and Site Naturescaper roles. Read more...

Australian native plants book released

Australian Plants book coverNew Kings Park collaboration, Australian Native Plants: The Kings Park Experience provides a comprehensive guide to the horticulture of our native plants. Jointly written by BGPA staff, Department of Agriculture and Food, and Curtin University of Technology, the book brings together 50 years of horticultural experience with mostly WA species. Edited by BGPA CEO Mark Webb, the book is now available at the Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop. Read more...

Congratulations Lotterywest

Adorable Florables with visitors. Photo: A. Russell.Congratulations to Lotterywest, long-standing supporter of the Friends of Kings Park, who recently celebrated 80 years of community service to Western Australia. Over the last decade, Lotterywest has supported many Kings Park Festival events and major projects including the Lotterywest Family Area in 1995, Water Garden redevelopment in 2000, the Lotterywest Federation Walkway in 2003, the Place of Reflection in 2011 and the unique Lotterywest Bushbase within Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park in 2011. We are honoured to be part of their 80 years of service. Read more...

Kings Park Festival turns 50!

Kings Park Festival 2013Join the party of the year with the Kings Park Festival’s 50th birthday in 2013. Fifty years of flower power will be celebrated with an exciting program including free live music, the Fantastic Faraway Festival for children, our first ever ‘Turf Tattoo’, a ‘50 years of Flower Power’ outdoor exhibition, guided walks, talks and more. Learn the latest Festival news by visiting the website and following the Kings Park Festival on Facebook. Read more...

Meet a Master Weaver at Aspects

Woven scarves by Shirley Treasure. Photo: S. Treasure.Meet ‘Master Weaver’ and July’s feature artist, Shirley Treasure at Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop. Combining age old techniques with funky new patterns, Shirley’s unique textile art and scarves are made with a ‘loom full’ of passion and talent. Don’t miss your chance to see Shirley in action at her loom at selected session times throughout July. Subscribe to the Aspects e-newsletter to receive current information on new products, feature artists and exclusive invites to upcoming events. Read more...

News in brief

  • Knitted squares are required to ‘yarn bomb’ the Kings Park Festival. All knitters are welcome to submit to the cause, by Monday, 5 August. Contact us for more information.
  • The next Free Professional Learning session for teachers organising excursions to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is on Thursday, 1 August. Contact the Education Bookings Officer to register.
  • There are lots of things to do these July school holidays in Kings Park. Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be very busy, so please plan your visit and be aware of the conditions of entry.
  • Need free gardening advice? Want to colour your garden for spring? Join the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners for Dig it with Coffee and have your gardening queries solved. Book in for the next session on Wednesday, 7 August.

We hope to see you again soon in Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park.

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