Pimelea ferruginea K LOVE APlant development at Kings Park and Botanic Garden is undertaken to 'conserve, develop, manage and display collections of Western Australia and other flora' (as per the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998).

The role of plant development at Kings Park and Botanic Garden is to:

  • increase the range and form of Western Australian plants available for display in the botanic garden, home gardens and public landscapes
  • to promote the use of plants in general horticulture and
  • to raise the profile of Kings Park in the community.

Plant development activities have a long history at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Several well-known plants sold in nurseries and grown in home gardens have originated at Kings Park. One of the best known is Callistemon 'Kings Park Special'. This is a seedling of unknown origin, first selected, propagated and registered by Kings Park and Botanic Garden in 1980. This cultivar grows into a small, bushy tree to 5 m and 4 m wide with bright red inflorescences in autumn and spring. This plant sets fertile seed but must be grown by cuttings to preserve its form.

Another well known plant is Pimelea ferruginea 'Magenta Mist', a darker flowering form of Pimelea ferruginea. It was selected from a wild coastal population near Northcliffe, WA. It is similar to the standard form of this species in all except the dark magenta flower colour.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden during November and December 2017 due to concert events.

Naturescape opening soon

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will re-open to the public at 9.00 am on 14 December 2017, with exciting new additions.

Bold Park access disruption

Vehicle access will be restricted in Bold Park from 5.30 am - 10.30 am on Sunday 26 November 2017 due to a community cycling event.

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New Naturescape adventures

New adventures await in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park these summer holidays! We will re-open to welcome members of the community from 9.00 am on 14 December 2017, with eye-popping new places to explore.

Congratulations life members!

Kings Park and Botanic Garden warmly congratulate and thank three long-standing and dedicated volunteers who were recently awarded life membership of the Kings Park Volunteer Guides.

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