The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority thanks all staff, volunteers and corporate partners for their contribution to the 2013 Kings Park Festival.
September’s ‘Fifty Years of Flower Power’ celebration was a huge success with a myriad of events and activities attracting thousands of local visitors and tourists. Highlights included Kings Park’s first ever turf tattoo, vintage EH holdens potted up as wildflower wagons, a light-hearted outdoor history exhibition and the spectacular wildflower displays showcasing over 3,000 species of Western Australian native flora.
The Western Australian Botanic Garden was abuzz with talented local and interstate acts as part of the Santos Live Sunday’s music program. Thousands of visitors attended the Festival launch concert where James Morrison and The Motown Experience officially began the month-long festivities. Picnickers were also treated to Festival favourites, the Adorable Florables wildflower characters and floral-inspired stiltwalkers, as roving entertainment. Thank you to the Festival’s major partner Santos for supporting the fantastic music program.
The Boodja Gnarning Family Fun Day celebrated Nyoongar culture with many free, traditional activities. Visitors immersed themselves in didgeridoo and dance performances, arts and crafts and live music by Indigenous performers on the main stage. Thank you to the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest for supporting this popular cultural event.
Kings Park Education’s Kulunga Katitjin Festival for schools was very successful despite the inclement weather. Over 2,000 school children converged on the Western Australian Botanic Garden for an engaging day out that celebrated Aboriginal culture. Students enjoyed presentations of more than 30 leading eco-education organisations including traditional Nyoongar storytelling, boomerang painting, tool-making and much more.
The revamped Fantastic Faraway Festival for children was a fun-filled outing for the whole family. The Lotterywest Family Area was a sea of live performances, magic acts, circus tricks, face painting, adventure games, pony and camel rides, a scavenger hunt and other ‘faraway’ lands.
The Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners’ Dig it With Coffee sessions remained a popular weekly event, as well as the many new guided walks held throughout the Western Australian Botanic Garden, Kings Park bushland and Bold Park in September.
Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop was an artistic hub and canvas during the Festival month. Visitors were treated to an impressive fashion display, window art and a rare glimpse of artists at work.
The Friends of Kings Park had another hugely successful plant sale, selling more than 17,000 native plants over the Festival’s final three day weekend. The plants sold were cultivated and grown by the group’s many volunteers over a 12 month period. All funds from the sale go directly towards supporting research and special projects in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
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