What is a botanic garden we hear you ask? The answer is that botanic gardens are much more than ‘just a pretty face’.
Did you know the State’s botanic garden is located right here in Kings Park? Learn more about the Western Australian Botanic Garden on Botanic Gardens Day, which will be held across Australia and New Zealand on Sunday 26 May.
As well as being beautiful, tranquil places enjoyed by millions of people around the world each year, botanic gardens are important scientific institutions that play a critical role in our understanding and conservation of plants. Like a ‘living museum’, plants in botanic gardens are curated, documented and studied like a museum manages its artefacts.
Sure, botanic gardens are pretty but behind the scenes there are dozens of horticulturists, scientists and curators who keep accurate and detailed records to help us understand where plants come from, when they are added to the collection, and how they grow in their natural environments. Recording this information can help botanic garden teams grow and care for the plants, understand plant species’ histories and create conservation strategies to help species thrive in their natural habitats.
In Kings Park, the WA Botanic Garden displays more than 3,000 of WA’s 12,000 plant species. The 17-hectare site is recognised as one of the world’s leading botanic gardens for its exceptional standards of presentation and its research achievements.
The role of botanic gardens in conserving and managing plant diversity includes:
- Finding plants using herbarium records
- Identifying plants using past records and staff expertise
- Conserving plants in seed banks, tissue culture and in gardens
- Restoring lost habitats and reintroducing plant species
- Managing diverse species in diverse landscapes
- Educating the community and raising awareness about plants and conservation.
What can you do to help spread the word about how great botanic gardens are? Visit Kings Park on Botanic Gardens Day and enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Western Australian Botanic Garden or get involved in the great events we have on offer on this day. Not only will you benefit from being in nature, your visit helps us conserve Western Australia’s flora for future generations.
Botanic Gardens Day is an initiative of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc (BGANZ) is the chief body representing botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand, including Kings Park and Botanic Garden. BGANZ promotes the interests and activities of botanic gardens and how they benefit the community.