The Kings Park Festival has been announced the winner of an Australian Institute of Horticulture award.

Kings Park Festival is a celebration of WA wildflowers. Photo: J. Thomas.

The inaugural award in the 'Green Space Events and Engagement' category recognises the Kings Park Festival as a leader in promoting Australian native plants, especially those endemic to Western Australia.  

Ms Lesley Hammersley, Director Horticulture and Conservation, accepted the award on behalf of Kings Park staff and volunteers at a celebration dinner on 21 September 2019.

'We are lucky to have an amazing team of staff and volunteers who are incredibly passionate about what they do, and I believe this passion shines through to our visitors during the Festival', said Lesley.

The Kings Park Festival is on track to attract around half a million visitors this September with visitors enjoying thousands of WA wildflowers in full bloom and events designed to enhance people’s appreciation of Western Australian flora.

The Kings Park Festival has been held continuously for more than 55 years, making it one of Australia’s longest running events and the largest wildflower event dedicated to WA’s extraordinary flora.

Other winners on the night included Horticulturist of the Year Phillip Johnson and a lifetime achievement award was presented to Western Australian landscape architect and botanist Marion Blackwell for her research and design work with Western Australian plants.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 2019 Australian Institute of Horticulture Awards and we extend out thanks to the AIH for the opportunity to participate.

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