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Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Love our Parks - Winter 2014

News from Kings Park and Bold Park

Winter is the time for planting and planning in Kings Park. It is a beautiful time of year to enjoy tranquility and natural beauty of this special place.

In flower

The rare and striking Eucalyptus rhodantha is in spectacular flower in Kings Park. This Western Australian beauty is threatened in the wild, but several of these trees are growing happily outside the Kings Park Education centre.

New additions for picnics and play

New picnic and adventure play features are currently being added to the Saw Avenue Picnic Area, thanks to our partnership with Variety WA. The expanded design includes a fort, climbing net, bridges and climbing logs, as well as new barbeques and picnic tables. The development will also see universal access pathways installed to suit people of all abilities. New footpaths along Saw Avenue will be a welcome addition for pedestrians accessing Kings Park from the Subiaco entrance. The upgrade aims to be completed by August, 2014.

Festival sneak-peak

Horticulturists are well into preparations for garden displays for the 2014 Kings Park Festival. 20,000 annuals are being tended in the Kings Park nursery and the ever-popular Pink Everlastings have been sown. Christine Anu will be the headline act for the launch concert on Sunday 7 September and other Festival highlights include an extraordinary ‘Freaky Flora Facts’ exhibition and the magnificent children’s day ‘Fantastic Faraway Festival’ on Saturday 20 September. Read more...

New artist in Aspects

Llewellyn Ash is an extremely talented South Australian glass artist whose story is etched into his work. Llewellyn was raised by two artists and has a strong affiliation with the land and sea, which has shaped his designs and gained him many exhibitions and awards Australia wide. Come in to Aspects to discover more about Llewelyn Ash and see his beautifully crafted glasswork firsthand. Read more...

Kings Park Education

Celebrate the season of ‘Makaru’ and join our mini-festival of Nyoongar Boodja from 17 to 20 June. Kings Park Education’s Child versus Wild program is available in terms 2 and 3 for students from year 3 to 7. The Kulunga Katitjin Festival will be back in on Wednesday, 17 September. Kings Park Education is currently offering professional development sessions in Aboriginal life, nature play and mastering inquiry based learning. Read more…

Floral Clock reinstated

The much-loved Kings Park Floral Clock has been reinstated near the WA Botanic Garden entry. The original clock was unveiled in 1962 on the request of Mr F Wittenoom, a Western Australian pastoralist. The new design features Australian plants as the roman numerals of the clock, with native plants in the centre and around the perimeter.

News in brief

  • Fifty thousand people attended the 2014 ANZAC Day dawn service in Kings Park on Friday 25 April. Fifty new memorial trees (Corymbia calophylla) were planted in time for the service.
  • A stirring new firefighters’ memorial was unveiled on International Firefighters’ Day. The memorial is a tribute to firefighters who have protected the community and is located near the DNA tower in Kings Park.
  • A six month trial for cyclists using Bold Park Scenic Walk has commenced in which one way, uphill cycling is permitted.

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

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue, West Perth
Western Australia 6005
Phone: (+61 8) 9480 3600
Bold Park
165 Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat
Western Australia 6014
Phone: (+61 8) 9480 3990

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