The end of an era – and the beginning of an exciting new chapter.
Last Friday the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners (VMGs) held a morning tea with volunteers past and present to celebrate their 24 year history after moving to join the Friends of Kings Park.
The volunteers provide free practical advice for home gardeners and community groups on caring for and growing native plants, and are also involved in research, conservation and restoration projects in the park.
The group first formed in 1997 after BGPA’s then-Manager for Biodiversity and Extensions Bob Dixon and BGPA’s Dr Kingsley Dixon responded to the public demand for native plant advice.
From its small beginnings of just ten volunteers, the group has increased significantly in size and over the last two decades 126 volunteers have been a part of the program.
Some of the projects supported by the volunteers include the monthly Dig It With Coffee advisory sessions; Garden Advisory Service via phone and email; plant development; returning rare species to their natural habitat; the creation of the Backyard Botanicals Garden at Zamia Café; and attendance at the Friends of Kings Park Native Plant Sales.
Now known as the Friends of Kings Park Horticultural Advice and Support team, they will continue their great work promoting and conserving WA's native plants.