After the surgery we gather leaves from the hillside,
fill the hospital room with branches;
crush green and grey leaves in our sterilised hands,
their scent dispersing into the quiet room.

Over the weeks the leaves begin to curl and dry;
drift to the tiled floor, crackling underfoot.
For some reason the cleaners never sweep them away;
as if they know that 'Eu', means well,
and 'calyptos', veiled or covered like the calyx
holding the heart of the flower until it is born
glistening and shining into the world.

When the chemotherapy and the radiation
have shrunk your aberrant germinations,
and memory of the pieces missing
seems stronger than those that remain,
we bring grevillea, hakea, banksia; those children of Proteus
that can shape shift; all of their generations
alight upon the same branches.

Your bare feet wade towards their fragrance;
your body at the window where jars and vases
sprout gods and goddesses;
their florescence's nodding and waving.

by Nandi Chinna.

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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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A feast for the senses

The 2019 Kings Park Festival is here with 30,000 of Western Australia’s famous wildflowers in full bloom across the park and a month-long program of over 100 events and activities.

Warm welcome to botanic garden guides

Kings Park and Botanic Garden warmly welcomes 200 delegates for the Australasian Volunteer Botanic Guides Conference from 16 to 20 September 2019. 

New volunteer HQ opens

Rain and wind did not dampen the spirits of guests celebrating the opening of Kings Park’s first purpose-built volunteer facility in Kings Park on Friday 30 August.

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