Banksias are amazing and uniquely Australian plants.

Firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii)View image slideshow

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The South West of Western Australia has 62 different species of banksias that are found nowhere else on Earth ... how awesome is that?

Banksias are named after Sir Joseph Banks, a botanist who sailed to Australia with Captain James Cook on the Endevour 250 years ago. Sir Joseph Banks was the first European botanist to record and collect these beautiful and bountiful species.

Did you know that two thirds of Kings Park is Banksia woodland? In fact, the Banksia woodland once covered the whole Swan Coastal Plain from Jurien Bay in the north to Dunsborough in the south.

Kings Park is home to Western Australia’s State collection of banksias which can be explored in the Banksia Garden in the WA Botanic Garden.

Isn’t it time you explored the Banksia Garden in Kings Park?

Explore

Look out for these ‘hidden treasures’ in the Banksia Garden:

  1. Banksia leaves: use the jpgBanksia crown leaves activity sheet to help you identify these beautiful banksias in the garden.
    • Acorn banksia (Banksia prionotes),
    • Bull banksia (Banksia grandis),
    • Holly-leaved banksia (Banksia ilicifolia),
    • Narrow-leaved banksia (Banksia attenuata) and
    • Firewood or Menzies' banksia (Banksia menziesii)
  2. The Scar Tree: This ancient tuart was traditionally 'scarred' by the Whadjuk Noongar people in pre-colonial times. The scarring could have been made to mark a significant place or obtain bark for shelter and tools.
  3. Banksia mosaic: Can you find three honey possums and four birds hiding within the mosaic at the end of the Banksia Garden?
  4. Insects and birds: Banksias are pollinated by insects and birds. See what pollinators you can see on the banksia flowers. You may see insects like bees and beetles; and birds like honeyeaters, spinebills and wattlebirds pollinating the banksia flowers. Did you know honey possums (Tarsipes rostratus) pollinate banksias in the wild at night?

To find out more about Kings Park Science’s banksia research and conservation check out these projects:

Make your own banksia crown!

Make a crown using the leaves from the five banksias growing in Kings Park bushland. Remember – you don’t need to pick any leaves, we have a template you can print out!

What you need:

  • An old cereal box or large piece of cardboard approximately A4 in size.
  • String or wool.
  • Scissors (ask for help if needed as scissors are sharp).
  • Stapler, glue or sticky tape.
  • Texters, pencils or crayons to decorate your banksia leaves.

How to make your crown:

  1. Use a piece of string or wool to measure your head size for the band of the crown.
  2. Use the length of the string to make the band for your crown. Cut the cardboard to the correct length, making sure the band is approximately four centimetres wide.
  3. Tape, stick or staple the band pieces together to complete the crown band.
  4. Print out the banksia leaf images.
  5. Decorate your banksia leaves and crown band.
  6. Cut around the leaf shapes and glue the individual leaves onto the cardboard.
  7. Once the glue is dry, cut around the leaves on the cardboard.
  8. Arrange the leaves to the design you choose and either glue or staple the leaves onto the band to make your banksia crown.

Tips: make sure you check out the slideshow above for useful hints and reference images.

Share with us

We would love to see your banksia crowns!

Share your photos to the Kings Park Home Delivery Facebook group or use the hashtag #KingsParkHomeDelivery on Instagram.

Acorn banksia (Banksia prionotes)Narrow-leaved banksia (Banksia attenuata)Scar TreeBanksia seat and mosaicBanksia leaves, crown bandBanksia leaves and band before assemblyBanksia crown on a child

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