You are guaranteed to see honeyeaters busying themselves in the Grevillea and Hakea Garden because they can not resist the super-abundance of nectar.

Grevillea humifusaWhat is equally satisfying is that here you can glean ideas to take home and create a backyard full of birdlife, because these members of the Proteaceae are great in cultivation - easy to grow, drought tolerant, flowering for extended periods, responding well to pruning and demonstrating habits ranging from groundcovers to shrubs and trees.

The Grevillea and Hakea Garden is also a magnet for wildlife photographers because it is brimming with birds and blossom whatever the season. 

When finding common names our forefathers occasionally fell short in matching the visual aesthetics of a plant to its moniker, because one beauty, Grevillea armigera, is called prickly toothbrushes! Other highlights include wax grevillea (G.insignis), G. maxwellii, G. plurijuga, the aptly named bird hakea (Hakea orthorrhynca) and the royal hakea (H. victoria) which is a tall, erect shrub with a distinctively sculptural quality.

Then there are the curiosities which intrigue everyone - the cricket ball hakea (H. platysperma) named for its solid spherical fruits, and white plume grevillea (G. leucopteris) whose speciality is smelling like old socks particularly at dusk and dawn, in order to attract moths to pollinate it. 

While native plant nurseries now stock a wealth of grevilleas and hakeas, many other species have not yet made the long journey into commercialisation. If you fall in love with an attractive or unusual plant in the Grevillea and Hakea Garden which is not sold by the specialist garden centres, you may be lucky enough to source one at a Friends of Kings Park plant sale.

Flower thefts

We’re calling for help from the people of Perth to catch thieves stealing large quantities of flowers and foliage from Kings Park.

Aboriginal Art Gallery closure

The Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kings Park will close on 30 June 2019 after 23 years of service to clients, Aboriginal artists and the community.

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Wildflower photography competition

The Kings Park Festival 'Flowers in Focus' photography competition is now open to amateur photographers in Western Australia.

National Reconciliation Week

Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Kaarta Koomba) is pleased to mark National Reconciliation Week with the launch of two new Aboriginal cultural tour operators who have commenced activities in the park.

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