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Audio transcript: Conservation Garden tour
Conservation Garden audio tour, 2009.
Enjoy a twenty five minute audio tour with Grady Brand; Senior Curator of Kings Park and Botanic Garden and journalist Fleur as they wander through the Conservation Garden in Kings Park.
The Conservation Garden is open at all times and can take as little as fifteen minutes to wander through, or as long as two to three hours for the avid plant enthusiast.
Visitors are encouraged to interact with the plants by lightly touching them, but please do not pick them.
Protecting and conserving Western Australia’s unique flora is vital to the state’s environmental harmony. It is something that the team at Kings Park does every day.
Opened on World Environment Day in 2008, the Conservation Garden is filled with plant species that you rarely see in the wild given their threatened or endangered status.
The 4,600 square metre garden displays approximately 400 species of rare and endangered native flora. It is a linear design, with a hard surface pathway for wheelchair access, and seating and toilets nearby. Plants are grouped according to region or type of country - such as granite outcrop, sand plain, northern and arid - with additional categories for critically endangered and winter-wet. Some spectacular species that are represented include Banksia, Darwinia, Dryandra, Eremophila, Grevillea and Verticordia.
Each region is accompanied by interpretive signage that explains how many species are left and why they are threatened.
The journey begins in the Critically endangered flora garden which contains forty species. You then continue past the Wildflower Pavilion to the Pilbara and Kimberly garden that contains only four species. This region has fewer threatened plants than other state areas, which a mostly threatened due to their isolation.
Next, is the Sandplains, also known as the Wheatbelt. This is one of the largest regions in Western Australia, with most flora growing naturally in very few locations. Following on are the Seasonal wetlands that represent habitats found in the Perth metro area.
Granite outcrops are the next display; with granites of the south-west (which includes the Stirling Ranges) home to some of the prettiest flora in the state. Most habitats are still in place, with plants growing well through cracks in the rocks.
There are over 300,000 plant species worldwide and almost two thirds are under threat due to human interference.
Kings Park strives to conserve, promote and look after native flora. The Conservation Garden is one of many areas within the seventeen hectare wide Western Australian Botanic Garden that promotes our unique biodiversity and the potential to grow native plants at home.
For more information on species found within the Conservation Garden, please visit the Kings Park Guides in the Visitor Information Centre or join a free guided walk.