Kings Park and Botanic Garden celebrates the unique and diverse plant life of WA, and is part of the worldwide network of botanic gardens committed to plant conservation.

WA contains some of the world's most nutrient-poor soils, has a prolonged-summer period and the vegetation is extremely fire-prone. Find out about the diverse range of species and the array of survival adaptations that have evolved in these harsh conditions.

We have some of the toughest and most spiny vegetation in the world, the greatest number of species that store their seeds in woody fruits, and the most specialised means of obtaining limited soil nutrients and water. Many Western Australian plant species have adaptations to survive in a fire prone environment. Examples include using the heat of fires to release their seeds, germination stimulated by smoke, regrowth of trees from epicormic buds and lignotubers.

Find out more about our bizarre botanicals and their amazing adaptations from the library of resources below.


Meet the scientist

Join Russell Miller, a research scientist with Kings Park, as he presents his research on fire regime effects on Banksia wood land plant populations.

Watch 'Fire regime effects on Banksia woodland plant populations' webinar on YouTube

Visit the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website to learn even more about fire science here in Western Australia.

Join Dr Belinda Davis, taking a closer look at WA's wonderful native orchids.

Watch 'Western Australian orchids with Dr Belinda Davis' video on YouTube

Did you know WA has several species of carnivorous plants? Meet Laura Skates, one of our PhD students, who is following in Charles Darwin's footsteps and learning more about them.

Watch 'Carnivorous plants with Laura Skates' video on YouTube


Self-guided walks and trails

Silver Princess (Eucalyptus caesia).

You might like to visit a trail before or after your excursion. Pick a self-guided walk that suits you or download and print a trail brochure.

Conservation Garden Tour

Take an audio tour through Conservation Garden.

Download audio file (24 MB)
Audio transcript summary

You can use WA Botanic Garden map to help you navigate to Conservation Garden.


Plant notes

Visit our collection of notes on some of the amazing plants found in Western Australia.

These Western Australian native plant notes are kindly provided by the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners and are particularly relevant to the Perth community and their gardening needs.

You may also want to check out Plants in focus section, featuring our top picks for each month.


Citizen science

ClimateWatch is an Australian program that aims to monitor and collect phenology data during seasonal events that will help scientists understand the effects of climate change.

Being a ClimateWatcher is simple. Visit the ClimateWatch Australia - Citizen Science App, then observe and record plant and animal information at school. Or look for a ClimateWatch trail in your area. The information collected will be used by scientists, policy makers and land managers to understand climate change and take appropriate measures.


Connection

We would love to hear from you and your class. Share your photos and findings with us via social media using the hashtag #STEMActionInKingsPark.

If your students have any questions email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View our other Secondary School Snippets activities and check out the other education programs we run here in Kings Park.

Biara Cafe temporary closure

Biara Cafe will be closing temporarily from 2 August - 19 September for refurbishment works.

Administration car park closure

There will be limited access to the BGPA Administration building and the Kings Park Education and Learning building from Wednesday 15 June 2022 for approximately 8 weeks, due to ongoing Water Corporation works.

Water Corporation works

The Water Corporation is replacing approximately 700 metres of ageing water pipes between Mount Eliza Reservoir and Bellevue Terrace in Kings Park.

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New Bold Park Management Plan

The Bold Park Management Plan 2022 - 2027 has been published by BGPA after a period of extensive public consultation

Hort Couture - Community Art Project

Crochet and knitting enthusiasts - we want you!

It's that time of year again, when the wildflowers start to bloom and our thoughts turn to all things spring. In celebration of our gorgeous selection of WA wildflowers, we are running another of our famous community crocheting projects.

Ready, aim, restore! A new approach to define and achieve restoration targets

A team of researchers from Kings Park Science in Biodiversity and Conservation Science, the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, have led the development of an approach for ecosystem restoration which connects scientific research, restoration policy, and on-the-ground action.

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