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Kings Park Festival

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The 48th annual Kings Park Festival takes place for the entire month of September — springtime in Perth, Australia.

Keeping in mind that this is the United Nations International Year of Forests, the celebrates Trees for Life. Look for the giant boab ‘Gija Jumulu’ that was transported 3200 kilometers from the Kimberley to Kings Park, the rows of lemon-scented gum trees along Fraser Avenue and the towering karri trees viewed from a great height on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway.

Springtime’s spectacular wildflower displays will florish throughout the gardens.

This year the month-long festival program includes activities for the whole family, from interactive art and gardening workshops, to music and children’s entertainment. Not to be missed are the Wild Fairyland Festival and the Friends of Kings Park Native Plant Sale.

Celebrations around the International Year of Forests will include a special outdoor photographic exhibition and Kings Park’s Special Trees will showcase 50 of Kings Park’s significant trees. Visitors will discover which tree the Queen planted back in 1954, what pre-historic tree dates back to the age of the dinosaurs and find the special tree that has supplied medicine for the Nyoongar people for thousands of years.

Visitors can also take in the new Kings Park Boodja Gnarning Walk, which translates to Living and Eating off the Land. The walk can be enjoyed by young and old and will explore the Nyoongar traditional uses of trees and plants, ranging from food and tools to medicine and their cultural significance.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is visited by over 6.5 million people each year. With its remarkable expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden, the park is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia.

The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and is located adjacent to the Swan River, approximately 1.5 km from the Central Business District of Perth.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden celebrates the unique and diverse plant life of Western Australia and is part of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation.

The original vision for Perth Park, later Kings Park, was of a European style garden with lawns, shady trees and flower beds. Recognition of the climatic differences and the low nutrient soil changed this vision and, in 1965, the 17 hectare Western Australian Botanic Garden was opened.

Initially, the beds were created to display flora from the Mediterranean climatic regions of the World (the Mediterranean, California, South Africa and Western Australia). Western Australia has half of Australia’s 25,000 plant species and most of those are found nowhere else on Earth. A greater appreciation of the diversity and uniqueness of Western Australian flora has seen the redevelopment of the Botanic Garden into a showcase of flora from around this vast State.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden is an everchanging, living research centre committed to the conservation of Western Australia’s flora. The garden beds display some of the State’s most diverse and spectacular plant groups.

(Photo shows the festival’s Adorable Florables)

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