kings Park at heart

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers, participants will learn how to loosen up their writing selves and pour their creative thoughts onto the page.

Writing forms include prose, poetry, micro fiction and memoir. This is a fun, supportive and inclusive group that will allow your inner writer to bloom!

Saturday afternoon workshops start on the 11th June, at $80 for the four week course.

For more details and booking information, visit the BGPS website or call the bookings officer on 9480 3624

Article First Published in Issue 93 of For People and Plants magazine.


As part of the kings park ongoing plant breeding program a new grevillea hybrid named Scarlet Moon’ has been released. This Hybrid has spectacular bright red flowers, white buds and stems and silvery green foliage. It has complex parentage that includes the rare Western Australian species G.nivea which grows near Bremer Bay on the south coast. Other species in its background include G.banksii, G.formosa and G.pteridifolia. ‘Scarlet Moon’ flowers year round and is highly attractive to birds and nectar-loving insects, bringing an abundance of life to your garden.

Photo by Digby Growns

Photo by Digby Growns


Once established it is drought tolerant and suitable for most Australian climates. It can be used as a feature plant or an informal screen. It grows best in well-drained acid soils in full sun, although it will tolerate some shade for part of the day. Reaching about 1.6 m high by 1.6 m wide when mature it can be lightly pruned to maintain shape or keep compact. It will also look great in a pot outdoors or on a well-lit patio. Fertilise with slow release native plant fertiliser every 6 to 12 months as necessary. Grevillea ‘Scarlet Moon’ will be available from the Friends of Kings Park plant sales… and retail outlets throughout the country from 2016 onwards.   


By Digby Growns, Senior Plant Breeder Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. 

Looking for that last minute presentWhy not buy the Friends of Kings Park 2017 Wildflowers of WA unique Calendar.

2017 Calendar Cover

The full colour wall calendar provides a stunning array of Western Australia’s amazing native flora, captured by local photographers to brighten each month of the New Year.

Now available for $15.00 at Aspects of Kings Park open 7 days a week.

It is also available by mail order 2017 Calendar Sales Form

The Friends of Kings Park 2017 Wildflower Calendar makes an ideal gift for family and friends living in Western Australia, interstate and overseas. Money raised from the sales of the calendar will be used to fund worthwhile projects in Kings Park.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has purchased each volunteer group a copy of Perth Plants and Pilbara Seed Altas and Field Guide. The resources will be kept in the Friends Office Library.

If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself, Aspects of Kings Park have Perth Plants for $49.95 and Pilbara Seed Atlas and Field Guide for $79.95.

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Adopt a Bench image in nursery

New light weight folding benches, made by the Mosman Park Men’s Shed, being lighter and easier to set up, have been making the world of difference to volunteers at the plant sales.

The manual handling of trays of plants from the growing benches onto the ground before moving the old heavy benches to the sale site has been eliminated.

However, this improvement has come at a cost!  Please let the Friends know if you would like to help with this outlay by adopting a bench for $250.  All contributions will be acknowledged with your name inscribed on the bench.

For further details or enquiries, please contact the Friends office on (+61 8) 9480 3643 or via email: [email protected]

Kings Park and Botanic Garden has been a place to treasure for generations.

Home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, Kings Park offers spectacular views, unique native flora, manicured parklands, and natural bushland, and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the heart of our city.

By becoming a member of the Friends of Kings Park, you support Kings Park and Botanic Garden.


A heart-felt thank you to all the volunteers in Kings Park. The work that you do is priceless, and Kings Park would not the be the place it is today without you.

Some fun facts about volunteering in Australia:
– The number of volunteers has doubled from 1995 (3.2 million) to 2010 (6.1 million).
– The rate of volunteering by young people increased from 16% in 1995 to 27.1% in 2010.

Source:  Volunteering Australia

– In Kings Park, there are 668 volunteers! This is between the Honour Avenue Group, the Friends of Kings Park, the Volunteer Master Gardeners, the Kings Park Guides, volunteers for annual events such as Anzac Day and include the Friends of Bold Park.

The Garden Carers attended a planting training ‘tip’ session with Grady Brand, Curator, Botanic Gardens & Horticulture on Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May, 2016.

Both groups commenced at the Garden Carers headquarters for a informal training and tips to prepare for the upcoming planting season.

Then both groups went out with Grady for a hands on demonstration.

The Tuesday group went to the Bali Memorial section along with Katya A. Graham, Horticulturist – Parkland and Larr Rose, Volunteer Coordinator.

The Wednesday group went across from the DNA area along with Dale Campbell, Horticulturist – Parkland and Larr Rose, Volunteer Coordinator.

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Photo by Larr Rose