After staring through the window of the emergency ward
where tissue of extinct and endangered plants
grows on shelves under fluorescent lights;

and examining the 10 000 vials suspended
in liquid nitrogen, those minute memoirs
of species frozen in Cryo storage;

I walk home through the park and try to get lost
along the terraces; find myself wandering
through the hakea and grevillea garden,

where I drown in the delicate scent of flowers,
and nectar eaters plunge into pistils and stamens.
I think of the courage of the scientist,

keeping the future for a thousand years
when a human may (or may not)
release those tiny meristems

suspended in minus 196 degrees Celsius
and plant them into whatever
the world has become.

Down along sandy bush track
a wattle bird's cry shatters my thoughts
into random letters and numbers.

The path spits me out into the blur of Mounts Bay Road
where combustion engines tear this way that way
demanding now, now, now.

by Nandi Chinna.

Bold Park burn deferred

The autumn Bold Park research burn has been deferred due to unsuitable weather conditions.

Lightscape setup disruptions

There will be works taking place throughout the Western Australian Botanic Garden from 18 May until 16 June 2023 due to Lightscape setup.

Fraser Circle closure trial

We would like your feedback on the closure of Fraser Circle (located off Fraser Avenue).

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City of Perth E-Scooter Trial Expands through Kings Park

Visitors will be able to hire and ride e-scooters within Kings Park as part of City of Perth’s E-scooter Share Scheme from Saturday 25 March 2023.

Support for Noongar Boodja continues

Fugro has generously renewed their partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) to bring another three years of the very popular ‘Noongar Boodja’ education program to Kings Park.

Rare plants stolen from Kings Park

We're devastated to announce up to 900 of WA’s rarest orchids have been stolen from the Conservation Garden in Kings Park.

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