The Kings Park Festival presented 'The Greatest Wildflower Show on Earth' in September 2018. In its 55th year, the Festival celebrated the remarkable wildflowers, plant life and culture of Western Australia.
The Festival was proudly presented by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Friends of Kings Park, with the generous support of Lotterywest.
Throughout September, the Kings Park Festival presented amazing spring displays of wildflowers and many free events including outdoor exhibitions, guided walks and talks, photography displays, family activities and more. Around half a million people visited the 2018 Festival.
- The 'Greatest Show on Earth' outdoor exhibition featuring epic WA landscapes by renowned nature photographer David Bettini was a major hit.
- New outdoor wellness activities - with meditation, tai chi, yoga and fitness classes attracted many participants.
- Live acoustic musicians, lawn games and deck chairs at the Botanic Base chill-out zone were enjoyed by thousands of people each weekend.
- Daily wildflower walks and other guided walks on a range of interesting topics from boab trees and birds, to art and history attracted a record number of bookings.
- Events for native gardening enthusiasts including the famous Friends of Kings Park native plant sale and weekly 'Dig it with Coffee' native gardening advice sessions were extremely popular.
- Working artists and creative displays in Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop were enjoyed by hundreds of shoppers across the month.
- We received many inspiring images during our Flowers in Focus photography competition. You can view the final photographs in an outdoor exhibition in the WA Botanic Garden until the end of summer.
- Cool weather and rains until mid-September kept the wildflowers fresh and bright for longer than usual - the gardens still look amazing and there is still plenty to see during the rest of spring.
- The Kings Park Festival has been held for 55 years, making it one of the longest running festivals in Australia.