About Us

The Friends of Kings Park supports the work of the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority by active participation in conservation, bushland management and horticulture; education, providing volunteer support and supporting special projects within Kings Park by raising funds, for example the Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion.

Our History

The Foundation General Meeting of the Friends of Kings Park was held at 8 pm on Wednesday, 5 May 1993 with 12 founding members.  Under the Chairmanship of Tom Alford, the Friends of Kings Park was established to provide support and assistance to Kings Park and Botanic Garden, to improve the facilities and to enable the community to be involved in making the Park a special place for People and Plants.

The first issue of ‘For People and Plants’ magazine was published in Autumn 1993.

To date the Friends have 1,080 members of which over 200 are active volunteers.


The Friends of Kings Park is an Incorporated Association managed under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Guidelines under which the Friends operate include:

Accountability to the membership and community is represented by an Annual Report and a Special Purpose Financial Report.

The Management Committee ensures the Friends is a sustainable, well run and highly respected organisation with an effective structure, high standards of corporate governance and compliance with all legislative requirements and Association rules.


Members of the Management Committee are:


Ian Kerr

Vice President

Kim Smith


Vern McKay

Committee Members

Ruth Robertson
Guy Chandler
Pia Beukes
Craig Gumley
Pippa Moodie

Supported by 2 part-time employees

Office Administrator

Helena Waldmann

Events & Communications Officer

Alex Castle

2019 AGM

The 2019 Friends of Kings Park Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 17 October at 6pm, in the Green Room, Education Building.

The Management Committee is supported by three sub-committees, whose purpose is to support the Management Committee in fulfilling its role of managing the business of the Friends.

Executive Sub-committee


Ian Kerr (Chair)

Vice President

Kim Smith


Vern McKay

Nursery Sub-committee

Lester Zani (Chair)
Lynda Woodhams
Tony Scalzo
Ruth Robertson
Mariana Cruz Campos

Communications Sub-committee

Guy Chandler (Chair)
Sue Elliott
Celeste Sweeney
Nicole Parks
Alex Hew
Kate Biondo
Latitia Badgett
Shannon Murphy


We earn funds through:

  • Donations

    Help support the Friends to make a bigger contribution to Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Tax deductible, one-off and regular payments are available.

  • Plant Sales

    Volunteers raise funds through quarterly plant sales by offering Western Australian native plants for sale.

  • Corporate Membership

    Perth and WA businesses make varied valuable contributions to help the Friends through the printing of book marks.

We provide funds to:

  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden for research projects
  • Support our active volunteers
  • Publication of our quarterly magazine, “For People and Plants”
  • Sponsor scholarships for post-graduate students, staff and volunteers.

Friends of Kings Park Fund

Established to ensure the good work continues

The Friends of Kings Park Fund has been set up to increase the ability of the Friends to engage more broadly with the community for the support of the natural environment of Kings Park and WA’s biodiversity. This will be achieved by building an investment fund for the strategic application of monies (principally from earnings) to meet the Fund’s objectives. Donations are tax deductible.

Money raised through the Fund will be used to:

  • Participate in conservation, bushland regeneration and horticulture.
  • Provide information and education about the natural environment.
  • Protect and enhance the natural environment of Kings Park and Botanic Garden as well as the flora of Western Australia.
  • Assist research into the natural environment of Kings Park and Botanic Garden

The story behind our latest project:  A New Framework for the Chamelaucium–Verticordia–Darwinia Group (Myrtaceae).

South-western Australia is home to a unique and diverse array of species belonging to the most horticulturally attractive plant groups in the country: the waxflowers, featherflowers and bells. Even beginner native gardners are familiar with the most commonly grown species such as Geraldton Wax, Yellow Morrison and Plumed Featherflower. However the full spectactular diversity of the group extends to about 300 species, currently housed in the genera Actinodium, Chamelaucium, Darwinia, Homoranthus, Pileanthus and Verticordia. These diverse plants all belong to the same group, subtribe Chamelauciinae of the family Myrtaceae. The majority of species are only found in south-western Australia, and are heavily represented in the Friends native plant sales, as well as the focus of a plant development programme by the Kings Park horticulture team.

In the last decade, the classification of these genera has been found to be inaccurate – a problem that really dates back to the early 1800’s. Research by Matt Barrett at Kings Park using DNA sequences and careful morphological comparison has revealed that Verticordia as currently considered is made up of many diverse groups, some of which are closer to other genera (Actinodium, Chamelaucium, Darwinia, Homoranthus and Pileanthus). The distinctive “featherflower” petals are actually misleading classification here, while other characters are more informative. A comprehensive review of these genera is long overdue, since the current classification misinforms breeding programs, taxonomic research, conservation, and research into pollination ecology and diversity patterns of the Australian flora. Although this will result in some upheaval of well-known names, it is time we put 200 years of confusion behind us to establish a firm classification for the future.

During 2018/2019 Matthew Barrett, a research scientist with Kings Park Science is going to undertake research on tribe Chamelaucieae. This project will resolve taxonomic issues in tribe Chamelaucieae, focussing on problematic generic delimitations and misclassified species in the Chamelaucium-Verticordia-Darwinia group of the family Myrtaceae. These aims will be achieved through an integrative taxonomic approach drawing on two decades of expertise by Dr. Barrett in the group, in collaboration with two other Myrtaceae experts, Dr. Barbara Rye at the Western Australian Herbarium and Dr. Peter Wilson at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

By donating to the Friends of Kings Park Fund you will be helping to preserve, protect and enhance the environment and the most popular park in the nation and this Western Australian treasure.