Western Australian Botanic Garden
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.
You may like to take a walk and enjoy a self-guided tour by downloading the Western Australian Botanic Garden Guide from the brochures section.
The branches of ‘Silver Princess' weeping daintily over massive granite boulders are your first visual cue to a short floral journey which encapsulates Western Australia's most iconic plants.
The story of the Giant Boab 'Gija Jumulu' captured world-wide media coverage during July 2008 as it journeyed over 3,200 kilometres, from Warmun in WA's Kimberley region, to Kings Park in Perth.
Take a walk in the treetops on the innovative Lotterywest Federation Walkway and enjoy unsurpassed views of the Swan River and Perth City.
You are guaranteed to see honeyeaters busying themselves in the Grevillea and Hakea Garden because they can not resist the super-abundance of nectar.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden remains an important ceremonial and cultural place for the Indigenous people of Western Australia. There are many visitor services offered within the park to celebrate its Indigenous connection.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is an important place of natural beauty and tranquillity, where people seek peace in its quiet places, share time and special events with family and friends or take the opportunity to reconnect with nature’s wonders.
In the Water Garden you do not need to exercise imagination to feel as if you are standing in the distant hills to the east - even though you are barely a stone's throw from Perth's central business district.
A dry river bed accommodating a broad organic staircase is the central landscaping feature in the Acacia Garden - and it doubles as a history book.
The Pioneer Women's Memorial consists of an ornamental lake, sculpture and fountains located in the heart of the Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Shooting skywards, the branches of mottlecah (Eucalyptus macrocarpa) clad in hard silver leaves are your dramatic introduction to Roe Gardens. Other limbs range across the ground at strange angles with strong visual energy. The blossoms - red starbursts exploding from turban-shaped buds - are the biggest of any eucalypt.
Magnificent relics from the super-continent of Gondwana, banksias are uniquely Australian. Of the 76 species recorded nationally 62 are endemic to Western Australia, making this genus a justifiable source of local pride.
Few people - even residents of Western Australia - will ever have the opportunity to see the State's endangered plants growing in their natural habitats.