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.

The Friends are celebrating 25 years supporting Kings Park with a special dinner at Fraser’s Kings Park on Wednesday, 9 May at 6.00 pm. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Stephen Hopper, AC, former CEO of Kings Park and life long member of the Friends.  His talk is 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 with good food and wine, companionship, an opportunity to catch up with old ‘Friends’ and a silent auction.

Tickets will go on sale shortly through Trybooking.  Members tickets will cost $80 with non-members $100.




Join us for a presentation from Belinda Davies about the endangered orchid species Caladenia busselliana and Thelymitra variegated.
Monday 20th May 2019
BCC Meeting Room, Tea/coffee served
This is a MEMBERS ONLY event. Tickets are free- please reserve your place through Trybooking, as no walk-ins will be permitted.

“Seedling recruitment success linked to season of fire in a Mediterranean-climate woodland” presented by Russell Miller, who is undertaking his Fire Ecology Research at Kings Park as part of a PhD at Murdoch University .

Thursday 11th April 2019
Doors open 5:30pm for 6pm start
Green Room
Tickets are FREE- please reserve your place through Trybooking

Postfire seedling recruitment is vital for the persistence of many plant species in fire-prone ecosystems. The season of fire is known to have an impact on recruitment success in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems with research showing that recruitment of serotinous species (e.g. banksias) is best after dry-season fires; however, there is no information on recruitment of soil-stored species (e.g. acacias). Altered fire seasonality due to changing climate conditions and human activities is, therefore, a cause for concern for these species. In the research presented here, I quantified the impact of planting seeds at monthly intervals during autumn-spring (to simulate the timing of fire throughout the year) on seedling emergence and survival as well as seed survival over summer for those failing to germinate in the first year. For the Banksia woodland species studied, recruitment of serotinous and soil-stored species was best from the earliest plantings (May – July; i.e. autumn to mid-winter). Seeds that were planted later (August – October; i.e. late winter to spring) failed to emerge in the same year and many died over the ensuing summer, leaving few propagules to emerge the next year. I also discovered that seedlings emerging later in the wet winter period showed lower survival over the first summer, presumably because they had a shorter establishment period before summe drought. This research suggests a negative impact of fire in late winter-spring with seeds either germinating but quickly dying or having to survive over summer to the following winter. Therefore, burning in winter-spring in strongly seasonal environments may present tradeoffs in the persistence of obligate seeders and resprouters. Information on fire patchiness and intensity according to season could help identify pathways of persistence for obligate seeders under such burning regimes. Integrating ecological knowledge into fire management can assist in avoiding unwanted impacts on biodiversity.

Join the Friends and special guest James Fielder to learn all about Carnivorous Plants!

Doors open 5:30pm for a 6pm start
Tickets – $5 members / $10 non-members
Green Room
Education Buidling, Kings Park (follow the signs to Education and look for the Friends of Kings Park flag)

James Fielder has been passionate about carnivorous plants since a very young age. As a young boy living in Albany to parents who managed a motel, James met a coach driver with an Albany pitcher plant in a pot sitting on the dashboard and James was hooked.
His first job at age 12 was at Packers Nursery in Beckenham, where he tendered the Carnivorous plants, or CP’s as they are affectionately known. At Age 16 his prized Nepenthes was borrowed by Kingsley Dixon to be tissue cultured! While on holiday, James will take opportunities to see CP’s in the wild both here in Australia and overseas in Asia and Europe.
James has a unique back garden where his CP’s thrive and he is a wealth of knowledge.

The March Plant Sale will be held on Sunday 17 March 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon (or earlier if the plants are sold out).

The sale will be located at the Exhibition Ground next to the Education Centre off Fraser Avenue (follow the signs on Fraser Ave).

Proceeds from the Friends Native Plant Sales support research and projects in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.


A comprehensive list of all plants available at this sale will be available here two weeks prior to the sale.

Native Gardening Advice

Plants will be arranged into specific categories at the sale. Friends of Kings Park and Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners will on hand at the sale to assist buyers looking for particular plants.

At the Sale

Members of the Friends of Kings Park receive a discount on plant sales and new members joining at the plant sale will also receive this discount. Find out more about becoming a Friend of Kings Park and members benefits.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own boxes or bags, however Eco bags will also be available to purchase. We also encourage customers to make their purchases by EFTPOS or credit card transactions.

A pick up area has been set aside close to Exhibition Ground. Volunteers will be available to assist customers to transport their purchases to the pick-up area.

For further details or enquiries, please contact the Friends office on 9480 3647 or via email [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the sale and hope you will enjoy buying new plants to rejuvenate your garden.

Dig It With Coffee is a great initiative to improve water-wise native gardening in Perth.

Visitors can receive free gardening advice and insight into the Backyard Botanicals Garden; a ‘grow-me-at-home’ display that demonstrates how easy it is to grow Western Australian native plants. The garden showcases the best in local native varieties that are hardy, water-wise and beautiful, that attract native birds and are readily available from local native plant nurseries.

In September, Dig It With Coffee events are held every Wednesday as a part of the Kings Park Festival event program.

Sessions are hosted by the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners and a Kings Park horticulturist.

This is a free event, with refreshments available for purchase at Zamia Cafe.

Bookings are essential. Please phone (+61 8) 9480 3672 or email [email protected].

Friends of Kings Park scholarship students with Fund Committee Members, Darren Harrop (L) and Vern McKay (R)


The 2018/2019 Kings Park Summer Scholarship programme is underway.  We are delighted to welcome nine Honours and PhD students undertaking a diverse range of projects:

Jane Edgeloe

Genetic diversity of seagrass in Shark Bay

Jason Paterson

Weeds and fire ecology

Luisa Ducki

Vegetation composition post-mine rehabilitation

Suzanne Lapensee

Ecological genetic assessment of restoration success

Ebony Cowan

Fire ecology

Lily Whelehan

Cryopreservation and mitochondrial function

Sze Tieng Ang

Understanding ageing of short-lived orchid seeds

Lei Hou


Thomas Munro

Seed pelleting

At the end of the programme, members will be invited to attend a presentation by these students on their research findings.

This sponsorship has been so successful that the Friends will increase the annual level of financial support to $17,000 per annum in perpetuity, subject to annual review. From 2019/2020 the programme will be called the Friends of Kings Park Summer Scholarships.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Friends of Kings Park Fund, please click here.