Following the sell-out success of the 2018 calendar featuring wildflower artists, we have returned to the photography format and chosen a lovely selection of images to brighten your day. This colourful calendar showcases our beautiful Western Australian wildflowers, and would make a lovely gift for locals and visitors alike.

The calendar is available at Aspects of Kings Park – show your Friends membership card at to receive a 15% discount off the retail price.

It is also available through the Friends office, using the attached form.

Don’t forget, proceeds from the sale of the calendar go straight to the Friends, to support important projects within Kings Park.

Make sure you don’t miss out! Last year’s calendar sold out faster than we anticipated and a few folk were left disappointed. Support the Friends of Kings Park by purchasing your calendar now!

Download the 2019 Calendar Order Form

Introducing ‘The Greatest Wildflower Show on Earth’, and it’s right here in WA.

We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker for this year’s Festival Address is none other than horticulturalist, author and presenter on ‘Gardening Australia’, Angus Stewart. Angus is a passionate advocate of native plants. See his ‘Wild at Heart’ video, aired in series 27, episode 33 of ‘Gardening Australia’.

Angus will be presenting a talk on the extraordinary and spectacular biodiversity of plants along our south coast.   We’ll be serving wine and cheese before the presentation and supper to follow, catering by Zamia.

Don’t miss this chance to join us in celebrating ‘The Greatest Wildflower Show on Earth’ from 6 pm, Thursday September 13.

Details:

Date: Thursday 13 September 2018
Time: Doors open at 6 pm for drinks, with introductions commencing at 6.20 pm
Venue: Green Room, Education Centre, off Fraser Avenue, Kings Park
Speaker: Angus Stewart
Topic: South Coast Plant Biodiversity
Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members, tickets available on Trybooking

 

On a less than glorious Sunday afternoon Dr Terry Houston and Andy Young held a capacity audience spellbound with their insights into Native Bees and Boronia Moths.

Dr Houston introduced us to the incredibly diverse world of native bees.  There are 1,546 validly named and described Australian native bee species.  Of these, 80 are found in Perth including the Blue Banded bee, the Leafcutter bee and a very newly discovered species that he described as ‘wacky’.

He explained the differences between European Honey bees and native bees, then went on to say that natives bees aren’t easily identified, as several photos illustrated.  Many are wasp like in appearance and, just to complicate things, some wasps look like bees.  He also talked about burrowing bees, Cuckoo bees and resin bees.   For those keen to learn more, his forthcoming book ‘A Guide to Native Bees of Australia’ is due for release in August.

Andy Young is a member of a project team studying Heliozedae moths, a family of primitive moths.  South West WA is a hotspot for these often lovely micro moths and Andy’s team has been researching their association with plants.  He explained the obligate mutualism between these moths and Boronia megastigma, where the plant is the sole larval food for the moth, and the moth is the sole pollinator for the plant.   He then showed us how this this rare and remarkable process takes place.

And if two fascinating talks weren’t enough, we were also treated to a lovely afternoon tea.

Kings Park is famous for its native plants, but what about the smaller inhabitants?  Our July event features some very small and very important members of the insect world.

Dr Houston will explore the fascinating life of native wasps and bees, while Andy Young sheds light on the complex association between Boronia moths and Boronias.  This all makes for a very interesting and illuminating afternoon.

Date:  Sunday, 22 July 2018

Time: 2 – 4 pm

Venue: Green Room, Education Centre

Cost: $5 tickets available on Trybooking

Afternoon tea included. ALL WELCOME.