The Friends of Kings Park Annual General Meeting will be held at 6pm on Thursday 11th October 2018 in the Green Room, Education Building.

Wine and cheese will be served prior to the AGM at 5:30pm.

Download the Agenda here

Download the President’s Report here

The term of all members of the Management Committee, including the President, Vice President and Treasurer expire at the conclusion of the AGM. Please consider if you would like to join the Committee, or encourage someone you know who could make a positive contribution, to nominate.

Nomination forms can be completed online on the Friends website and must be submitted by 2pm Thurs 4th October 2018.

At the conclusion of the AGM, our guest speaker will be Max Crowhurst, who will present stories from his plant collection adventures in the Recherche Archipelago group of islands in the Southern Ocean east of Esperance. The Recherche Archipelago is a group of 105 or so islands that stretch almost 230km from off the coast of Esperance to Israelite Bay, and an untouched haven for wildlife.

Pick up a copy of the POST Newspapers this week to hear the story behind the Kings Park Royale – a new Kangaroo Paw hybrid bred in the park and released to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Friends.Available exclusively at the Native Plant Sale, the Royale is a unique tricolour Anigozanthus. “It is unique compared to any other commercially available line”

 

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.

Dr Tony Scalzo is pictured here with the Hon Stephen Dawson, Minister for Environment; Disability Services before completing his section as a Batonbearer for the Kings Park section of the Queen’s Baton Relay to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Tony has been an integral member of the Kings Park community and a member of the Friends for more than 23 years.

Please join the Friends of Kings Park as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with a special dinner at Fraser’s, Kings Park on Wednesday, 9 May starting at 6 pm. Tickets available from Trybooking are $80 for members and $100 for non-members, which includes canapes and a three course set menu dinner. Professor Stephen Hopper AC will present a talk titled “Koort and Kaatadjin – Hearts and Minds” the critical importance of the Friends of Kings Park on conserving the spirits of Kaata Koomber. It will be a fun evening which will include a silent auction. Dress is semi-formal with a touch of floral. Please contact the office if you have dietary restrictions. Ticket sales close on 6 May.

 

The Friends are holding a Photography Workshop on Sunday, 24 June commencing at 1 pm in the Green Room, Education Centre, Kings Park.  John Robinson is leading the Workshop which will be split into two parts:

Part 1:  Photography Basics $15

An introduction to the principles of photography, including composition, framing and lighting and the photography software tools available.  This is a basic workshop for a larger group and will run for approximately 1.5 hours.

Part 2: Practical Workshop $45 

Aimed at a smaller group – maximum of 10 people.  Participants bring along any type of camera (including phones), go out into the Park and take photos, then come back and learn how to correct and edit images.  This workshop will run for approximately 2 hours from 3 pm.

Come to either or both workshops, but remember places are strictly limited for the Practical Workshop. Tickets available through Trybooking.

Volunteers from Kings Park and Bold Park received certificates for 10/15 years of volunteering from the Hon Stephen Dawson, Minister for Environment; Disability Services, at the Authority’s 2017 Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition function at Zamia Café on Monday, 11 December.

Well done, volunteers.