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.

Saw Avenue access disruption

Visitor disruptions will occur in the Saw Avenue Picnic Area from Monday 25 March 2019 due to toilet facilities upgrade works.

Visitor reminder

Under BGPA Regulations, an infringement may be issued if the driver of a vehicle does not remain within Kings Park's boundaries.

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Botanic Gardens Day

What is a botanic garden we hear you ask? The answer is that botanic gardens are much more than ‘just a pretty face’.

Grow perfect pink everlastings

Did you know May and June are the perfect months to sow your everlasting seeds to ensure they bloom in spring?

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