With water restrictions having been in place in Perth since the summer of 2001, there is an increasing trend to incorporate native plants into garden beds. This is a trend that the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority supports, as it preserves fresh water supplies, celebrates our unique flora and provides resources for the fauna of Perth which manage to survive in urban areas.

The biggest misconception about Australian garden plants is that they have to be treated quite differently from plants from other continents. This idea results in two opposing beliefs - one being that they can be neglected, and the other being they have fussy needs that make them difficult to grow, especially when mixed with exotics. In reality, however, the same general horticultural rules apply to all ornamentals. Every plant, whatever its origins, grows better with a little care and attention, and some plants have slightly different requirements regarding soil and position.

The Backyard Botanicals Garden is a ‘grow-me-at-home’ garden in the May Drive Parkland which demonstrates how easy it is to grow Western Australian native plants. If you would like to create your own native garden or need advice on how to improve your existing one, browse the articles in this section, come along to a free Dig it with Coffee session or contact the Garden Advisory Service.

Water Corporation works

The Water Corporation is replacing approximately 700 metres of ageing water pipes between Mount Eliza Reservoir and Bellevue Terrace in Kings Park.

Floral Clock Maintenance

Please be advised that the Floral Clock outside Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop will be undergoing maintenance from Tuesday 22 March.

Bold Park disruption

Banksia Carpark in Bold Park is currently closed to the public due to stormwater damage.

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Botanic Gardens Day

Discover Perth’s own native paradise this Botanic Gardens Day – located right here in Kings Park!

New innovative AR experience launched at Kings Park

A new locally developed augmented reality experience has been launched at Kings Park in time for families to enjoy during these school holidays.

Rare Bussell’s Spider Orchid will bloom again

The endangered Bussell’s Spider Orchid (Caladenia busselliana) has been successfully germinated at Kings Park using seed collected more than 20 years ago from a sub-population that has since disappeared in the wild.

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