Delegates from across Australia recently descended on the historic City of Albany for the 2019 ANPSA Conference ‘Blooming Biodiversity’ supported by Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Kerry Smith of the WA Wildflower Society presenting at the conference. Photo: Amanda Shade.They were able to experience Western Australia’s unique wildflowers and hear from botanical experts while connecting with fellow wildflower enthusiasts at the conference, which was held from 29 September to 4 October.

WA’s South West boasts rich and diverse flora, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The region is home to more than 4,000 plant species and is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.

Kings Park nursery assistant curator Amanda Shade attended the conference and gave a presentation conference about her experience growing flora at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its rich story of 55 years.

During her presentation, Amanda provided a brief history of the development of Kings Park and the WA Botanic Garden, talked about the key themes of conservation and the importance of promoting WA flora.

Amanda also gave some case studies of a few special species and how they are propagated and established. She said the conference was a great opportunity to showcase WA flora.

'I think these kinds of conferences are a great opportunity for everybody to learn something - whether they are enthusiasts or professionals in the field, new to the subject or have been involved for a lifetime', Amanda said.

'Everyone has different experiences, skills or knowledge, so being able to group so many people together to share all of this is quite incredible. It was particularly interesting speaking to people from the east coast about different WA species they had successfully grown, and how they've done that.'

Delegates took tours to and from the City of Albany and took part in lectures and workshops delivered by leading botanists.

Keynote speaker Greg Keighery led a panel of experts in their field, while Professor Stephen Hopper presented the AJ Swaby Address.

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