The range and form of species able to be used for horticulture can be increased by using the diversity in natural populations and identifying and collecting superior plants. Western Australia has a diverse flora of over 12 000 species, with significant variation within many species.

Federation Flame This diversity and variation is the major advantage for the development of new Australian plant varieties, either through releasing the better forms in their own right, or using them as parents in plant breeding programs.

To ensure that the widest possible pool of material is used in plant breeding and development work, Kings Park and Botanic Garden undertakes a range of field programs to select and collect new material.

An excellent example of the rewards of sourcing wild material is Anigozanthos rufus 'Kings Park Federation Flame'. This kangaroo paw was a selected seedling from wild seed of Anigozanthos rufus. This plant was Western Australia's state floral emblem for the Centenary of Federation in 2001 and is available commercially.

Naturescape closed February

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Monday, 1 February 2021 until Tuesday, 2 March 2021.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden in February-March 2021 due to concert events.

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Farewell and thank you Grady and Lesley

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) would like to extend a sincere thank you and farewell to two of our longest serving staff members, Lesley Hammersley and Grady Brand who will retire from the Authority in December 2020.

Noongar Boodja Six Seasons is back!

Kings Park Education is excited to open bookings for our 2021 program of Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals, a celebration of Aboriginal culture, proudly presented by Fugro.

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