Botanic Garden Entry
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.
In 2000, the Botanic Garden entry was redesigned to concertina the Botanic Garden experience into a shortened one for visitors with limited mobility and those with limited time. It is located across from Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop.
At the entry, visitors can enjoy a large variety of Western Australia's 12,000 plus plant species including Eucalyptus caesia subsp. magna, commonly known as‘Silver Princess'. In cultivation this beautiful tree is widely grown in gardens, parks and streets throughout Perth, yet in the wild it is relatively rare, occurring in just a few granite outcrops.
Beneath ‘Silver Princess' is the Western Australian floral emblem, the red and green kangaroo paw (Anigozanthus manglesii), represented in a marble mosaic created by artists Rudolph Verschoor and Jacqueline Pinnock.
Other spectacular south-western species in this location include fuchsia grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida), scarlet honey-myrtle (Melaleuca fulgens), Thryptomene hyporhytis, grey cottonhead (Conostylis candicans), bull banksia (Banksia grandis) and black kangaroo paw (Macropidia fuliginosa). Several species of Anigozanthus appear in the entry including ‘Kings Park Federation Flame', a stunning orange variety commercially developed by the Authority and released for the 2001 Centenary of Federation.
Moving on, the entry takes visitors to the Mallee region where floral representatives include jingymia mallee (Eucalyptus synandra) and granite bottlebrush (Melaleuca ellpitica). Next is the Mulga region with, among many other species, currant bush (Scaevola spinescens) and varying forms of the Acacia aneura complex ranging from weeping to erect and from fine-leaved to coarse-leaved.
Desert flora follows, with highlights including grasses of the Spinifex genus, flame grevillea (Grevillea eriostachya), old man saltbush (Atriplex nummularia) and attractive small gum trees such as Kingsmill's mallee (Eucalyptus kingsmillii), thick-leaved mallee (E. pachyphylla), coolibah (E.victrix) and large-fruited mallee (E. youngiana).
The final glory of the entry is a glimpse of the Kimberley flora including green birdflower (Crotalaria cunninghamii) and gandjandjal (Pandanus aquaticus). From December to April the Kimberley display is enhanced by northern annuals and grasses.
Most eye-catching on the vertical plane are the boabs (Adansonia gregorii) whose bottle-shaped trunks stand tall against the Swan River backdrop. These specimens were salvaged from land scheduled to be cleared for mining, and their relocation from the remote north-west was a massive project.
For those who have the leisure and ability to go further, the entry is an introduction to 17 hectares of Botanic Garden, primarily devoted to the celebration and conservation of Western Australian plants, most of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Interpretive signage is located at frequent intervals throughout the entry and the rest of the Botanic Garden.
- Last Updated: 23 November 2013