Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion
Kings Park Festival Springs Into Action
Victor P Taffa
- Festival officially launched today
- Showcases WA’s unique wildflowers and biodiversity
The 49th annual Kings Park Festival was officially launched today, showcasing a superb display of more than 3,500 species of native plants and wildflowers unique to Western Australia.
Environment Minister Bill Marmion said despite a very dry winter, Kings Park’s horticulturalists had applied environmentally sustainable principles to successfully produce spectacular gardens for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who would enjoy the festival’s month-long program.
“I am proud to point out that not only is Kings Park one of Perth’s most loved and cherished tourism attractions, it is widely recognised as a leader in sustainable horticulture and conservation.” Mr. Marmion said.
“This year, about 20,000 wildflowers are in bloom for the festival.”
This year’s feature natives are a series of ornamental eucalypts, including the Silver Princess (Eucalyptus caesia) and Beard’s Mallee (Eucalyptus beardiana), which will be available at the Friends of Kings Park native plant sale during the September long weekend (September 29 to October 1).
“The compact eucalypts, and a wide range of other native species, will help home gardeners to cultivate their own waterwise gardens.” the Minister said.
Another highlight of the Kings Park Festival 2012 is the ‘Santos Live Sundays’ series, bringing the best of WA talent to the stage with free music and family entertainment each weekend, including the Adorable Florables.
The Boodja Gnarning Family Fun Day, presented by Lotterywest on September 23, will celebrate local indigenous culture with family activities and music.
In total, there will be more than 100 events, from live music, guided walks and family activities, to educational workshops and art exhibitions scheduled to take place between now and October 7.
- Kings Park Festival presented by Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
- Most events are free, thanks to major festival partner Santos and community partners the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest