Latest News from the Friends

9 October, 2020
Welcome to the October Newsletter with all the latest from the Friends of Kings Park.

Find out about news at the Friends of Kings Park.

Read on for an update on the September Plant Sale, the 2020 AGM and upcoming events!

In this issue

President’s Report

Our native plant sale on the morning of Sunday, September 20 was a great success. Despite the fact that the Growing Friends did not have access to the nursery for two months during the peak growing period, they managed to produce 7,000 plants for this sale. Over 900 members of the public attended and gross revenue was almost $50,000. Many thanks to all those involved – the Growing Friends and the 50 plus volunteers who pitched in to help over the weekend of the sale. Our next onsite plant sale is on Sunday, November 8.

As you know, we had another online plant sale in September, following on from our first one in July. At last month’s online sale, orchids and grevilleas were sold exclusively to members. We are planning to have more occasional online plant sales for members only.

Membership of the Friends is now at an all-time high. There were 1149 members on October 1, an increase of almost 30% in just under two years. Thank you to all our members for your support throughout a very difficult time for the Friends!

Last month I was invited to accompany Michael Tichbon (our Patron) and Digby Growns (Senior Plant Breeder, Kings Park) to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s sanctuary at Mount Gibson. This is the largest fenced-off area in WA that is free of feral cats and foxes. It was wonderful to see all the small native fauna (woylies, bandicoots, bilbies, and so on) in a predator-free environment. The landscape was very varied and the flora and wildflowers were spectacular.

One last reminder – our AGM will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, October 15 at the Pavilion, Next Generation Gym, Kings Park. Our call for nominations for membership of the Management Committee was successful. We received more nominations than positions available (five). Accordingly, an election will be held at the AGM. Information on the candidates is included in this newsletter.

This will be my last newsletter as president. Thank you for all your support over the last year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the role and am looking forward to working with and for the Friends in another capacity.

Best wishes
Ian Kerr
9 October 2020

September Native Plant Sale

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to volunteer for our first in-person Plant Sale post-lockdown, and to everyone who braved the weather to purchase our plants!

It was lovely to see everyone back at a Plant Sale, and so many appreciative faces and happy customers!

A big thank you also to our very hard-working team of Growing Friends, led by Lynda and Lester. The whole team has worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure we have beautiful stock to sell, in very challenging circumstances.

Mark your diaries for our final Native Plant Sale for the year:

Sunday 8th November
9am – 12:30pm

and keep an eye on the newsletter for roster sign-ups, opening soon.

2020 AGM


A reminder about our 2020 Annual General Meeting, next Thursday evening, 15 October, at 6pm. Wine and cheese will be served prior to the meeting from 5.30.

The AGM will be held at the Pavilion in the Next Generation Gym, 21 Kings Park Road. To access the Pavilion, enter via Jorang Grove which is off Kings Park Road. Go past the main building of the gym, to the rear near the tennis courts.

Click here to download a map to the venue and parking.

This AGM there are six nominees for the five positions on the Management Committee, so an election will be held. Please read the candidate information below to find out more about the nominees.

Click here to download the bios of the nominees for the Management Committee.

The AGM Agenda, the 2019/2020 President’s Report, and the Friends financial report for the year ending June 2020 are available on the website for your consideration.

Click here to access the AGM reports.

All members of the Friends of Kings Park are invited to attend the AGM, but our financial members are encouraged to attend to ensure we have a quorum. For the election, only financial members will be eligible to vote.

Don’t forget our guest speaker for the night is Belinda Davis, who will bring some great information about the conservation of endangered orchids within Kings Park.

There is no need to RSVP.

WA orchids with Dr Belinda Davis

📺 Welcome back to Kings Park TV!🔬 We are back under the microscope with Dr Belinda Davis, taking a closer look at WA's wonderful native orchids 🌱 ❔ Can you guess which of these are also names for native orchids?🐐 Goats, bunnies, donkeys or spiders 🕷️...

Posted by Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Get a sneak peek of Dr Davis’ work with orchids on Kings Park TV

Carnivorous Plant Talk

Join James Fielder and Laura Skates for a talk on Carnivorous Plants.

“The wonders of Australia’s carnivorous plants”, with Laura Skates sharing her PhD research on the nutrition and ecology of native Byblis and Drosera species, and James Fielder sharing 30 years of experience and tips on how to grow these amazing plants. Stick around to see some real-life examples from James’ carnivorous plant collection!

Thursday 29 October 2020
Doors open 5:30pm for a 6pm start
Tickets – $5 members / $10 non-member

Green Room, Education Centre, Kings Park

ClimateWatch Bushland Nature Trail Guided Walk

Would you like to find out more about ClimateWatch and the Bushland Nature Trail?

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 8:30am

Ryan will be joining us and we will tell you about the trail and how we collect data for the Kings Park Database. Whether you have done this before or are just interested in finding out more information please register and come along.

Bring along your hat, sunscreen and water bottle.

Meeting Point: Entry point of the Kings Park Bushland Nature Trail (Under the Mia mia) at the Botanic Garden Carpark. The Bushland Nature Trail and the Botanic Gardens Carpark is shown on this map, to the left of the red ”Western Australian Botanic Garden” sign.

Volunteer Opportunities

Garden Carers
Positions are coming available for the Wednesday and Thursday groups. The Garden Carers meet each week at 8:00 am on Wednesday or Thursday. For these groups, you must be a Friends of Kings Park member.

Start dates:
Wednesday 4 November 8am
Thursday 5 November 8am

If the GARDEN CARERS is of interest to you, the first step is to email the Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected] with your name and a brief description of your interest in the GARDEN CARERS for the Wednesday or Thursday group.

Then the Volunteer Coordinator will send you further information. There will be placement start dates offered soon to suitable applicants.

What’s Happening around the Park

Community Programs
Have you seen the calendar of community programs on offer around the Park? Tickets are currently available for the very popular Native Bowl Workshop and Family Twilight Adventure and many more!

Book your tickets on the BGPA Booking site here

Science Seminars
Kings Park Science have also completed a series of Science webinars throughout September on topis such as fire research and seed spaghetti.

You can view all the seminars on Kings Park Science’s Youtube channel here

BGPA Management Plan
The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is seeking community feedback on the Draft Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2025 that will guide park management over the next five years.

The Draft Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021 – 2025 has been prepared with input from the community and stakeholders and details planned initiatives under five management categories: Community Engagement and Participation, Visitor Experiences, Science and Environmental Conservation, Plant Collections and Displays, and Amenity and Infrastructure.

Visit the BGPA website to make a submission to provide feedback on the proposals in this plan.

Summer science scholarships
Attention science students! Applications are now open for the 2020-21 Kings Park summer science scholarships for tertiary students. The Summer Science Scholarships are funded through the Friends of Kings Park Fund and provide an exciting opportunity for students to undertake a funded research project with Kings Park Science team for 12 weeks. These scholarships are ideal for talented students contemplating honours or post-graduate research in native plant science, conservation biology or restoration ecology and include a tax-free stipend of $7,000 plus operating costs.

Find out more here

2021 Calendar

Our very popular Wildflower Calendar is now available, featuring a beautiful selection of native flowers and plants. It makes the perfect gift for locals and visitors alike.

The calendar can now be purchased on our website and will soon be available in Aspects. Friends members enter the discount coupon that was emailed to you to receive a 15% discount off the retail price.

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 faster than we anticipated and a few folks were left disappointed. Support the Friends of Kings Park by purchasing your calendar now!