Kings Park and Botanic Garden blooms with colour during spring! Photo: A. Russell.

We’ve been wild about wildflowers for more than 50 years at the Kings Park Festival.

This year, we present ‘Beauty Rich and Rare’ for the 2019 Kings Park Festival in September - a celebration of the nature and culture of Western Australia in Perth’s favourite park.

The Festival is proudly presented by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Friends of Kings Park with the generous support of Lotterywest.

Spring 2019 will be a feast for the senses with thousands of wildflowers and more than 3,000 native plant species on display. There will be dozens of free and fabulous events, outdoor exhibitions, guided walks and talks, photography displays, family activities and more.

Festival facts

  • The Festival is a celebration of all things Western Australian, so the only wildflowers you’ll see are native to Western Australia.
  • We love getting everyone involved, so most Festival events and activities are free, from spectacular outdoor exhibitions, to guided walks and entertainment zones.
  • We have an army of passionate horticulturists and volunteers behind the scenes in Kings Park, who produce all the plants you see in gardens from seed. This year alone, the Kings Park Nursery has grown more than 25,000 plants which will bloom for the first time at the 2019 Kings Park Festival.
  • Around half a million people are expected to visit the Festival this September. That’s the entire population of Tasmania!
  • It's a year-round preparation for the Kings Park Festival, with approximately 25 staff and 20 volunteers planting wildflowers for a three-month period leading up to the Festival.
  • The Kings Park Festival goes back to 1964, making it one of the longest-running festivals in Australia.
  • The Festival is delivered by a diverse team which includes Kings Park staff, volunteers from the Friends of Kings Park, Kings Park Volunteer Guides, Kings Park Master Gardeners, Friends of Bold Park Bushland and community partners including Lotterywest, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Parks Foundation and City of Perth.
  • Thanks to the people who play Lotterywest games, Lotterywest has been able to support the Friends of Kings Park for more than a decade to make the Kings Park Festival free and fabulous for the Western Australian community. We’re extremely fortunate in WA to have the only lottery in Australia, and one of the few in the world, where all the profits are returned back to the local community. Keep playing Lotterywest games and supporting the local retailer where you buy your tickets, as you’re supporting us all in building a better WA!

News and media

Media release: pdf2019 Kings Park Festival media release298.71 KB

In the media:

Radio interviews:

6PR with Pippa Moodie, President of Friends of Kings Park:

ABC Radio with Alan Barrett, Executive Director of Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority:

ABC Radio with Barbara Henderson, Kings Park Volunteer Guide:

ABC Radio with Digby Growns, Senior Plant Breeder in Kings Park:

ABC Radio with Lesley Hammersley, Director of Horticulture and Conservation:

ABC Radio with Luke Sweedman, Kings Park's Seed Collector:
 

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Why do we have a festival?

The Kings Park Festival celebrates the amazing plant life of Western Australia, promoting its beauty and the pressing need for its conservation. Most events and activities take place in the Western Australian Botanic Garden, one of the most visited and well-regarded botanic gardens in the world. The WA Botanic Garden is devoted to native flora in recognition of Western Australia's mega-diverse, fragile and uniquely beautiful plant life. The South West region of WA (including Perth) is one of Australia’s globally recognised biodiversity hotspots.

The Western Australian Botanic Garden is a leader in environmental conservation, horticulture, community education and scientific research, which has made its plant collection one of the best in the world. Its displays are 'living galleries' of painstakingly curated collections of plants.

The WA Botanic Garden also encompasses much of the State's cultural heritage – from ancient Nyoongar history to modern day – through public art, memorials, trails and garden displays. It is also the venue for many cultural events each year including concerts.

The Kings Park Festival has run every September for 56 years, making it one of the longest running festivals in Australia.

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