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.

COVID-19

The wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority during the current COVID-19 situation. We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice and putting extra measures in place to protect our staff, volunteers and visitors.

Bold Park disruption

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

Lotterywest Family Area visitor disruption

Ivey Watson Playground is closed from 14 June to late August to facilitate the Stickybeaks Cafe and Ivey Watson Playground upgrade works.

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DNA Tower reopened

The much-loved Kings Park DNA Tower has reopened to the public after undergoing its first full refurbishment in 50 years.

Kings Park a shining light

Fraser Avenue Kings Park tree canopy up-lights have been upgraded to a stunning coloured display.

Call for #GenerationRestoration

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has issued a call for members of every generation to take action to protect and restore ecosystems at home and world-wide.

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