Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is pleased to introduce our new Director of the Western Australian Botanic Garden: Sue McDougall.
Well-known across Perth for sharing her gardening expertise in print, radio and TV, Sue brings more than 35 years of horticultural experience to her new role at Kings Park.
The Director of the Western Australian Botanic Garden is responsible for Kings Park’s ex-situ conservation, native flora horticulture, arboriculture, plant development and the curation and presentation of the internationally renowned Western Australian Botanic Garden.
Both a qualified horticulturist and landscape architect, Sue has previously represented the horticultural industry at both State and National level while simultaneously running her own nursery and retail garden centre.
She graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (First Class Honours) in 2015 and her research project ‘A critical assessment of bushfire risk management practices on cultural and heritage landscapes – visualising the impact of State Bushfire Planning Policy 3.7 in peri – urban areas’ received national recognition.
These roles and research have given Sue a diverse skillset and an appreciation for the dedication and passion the horticultural team at the Western Australian Botanic Park display in every aspect of their work.
By joining Kings Park, Sue aims to ensure both Kings Park and Bold Park are a part of every Western Australian’s life.
‘The unique flora King Park showcases in world class ex-situ displays can be easily grown in garden situation regardless of whether it’s in a backyard or a single pot on a balcony,’ Sue said.
‘The developments in plant breeding at Kings Park present endless opportunities for improved varieties in ornamental horticulture.’
For more than 27 years Sue has also encouraged home gardeners to see the beauty and ecological importance of native plants through 6PR radio and as a presenter on The Garden Gurus.
She sees her new role at Kings Park as an opportunity to continue to promote the role native plants play in preserving our State’s biodiversity and work towards conserving them for future generations.
'I am excited by the opportunity to work with a highly skilled dedicated team who promote and conserve species for future generations. With a drying climate the use of endemic Western Australian species in ornamental horticulture will be more important than ever.’
BGPA Executive Director Alan Barrett said Sue’s wealth of knowledge in technical horticulture and community engagement would support Kings Park’s mission of practicing and inspiring environmental conservation through the world-recognised Western Australian Botanic Garden.
‘Sue has been a public advocate for our State’s native flora for many years and helped to provide education and inspiration to hundreds of home gardeners,’ he said.
‘It is an exciting time for Kings Park to have Sue on board as we work to encourage communities to take action to protect ecosystems as part of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.’