Kings Park in full bloom

Crowds swarmed to Kings Park yesterday to attend a festival celebrating 50 years of the Western Australian Botanic Gardens.

The festival themed ‘Beauty Rich and Rare’ showcases an abundance of unique WA plant life and holds free community events every day this month.

More than half a million people are expected at this year’s festival and event organiser Deneka Simpson said it was set to be a huge success.

“Yesterday alone attracted a large crowd of people,” she said.

“It was the first day of spring, all of our displays were in place and fun events were scheduled throughout the day.”

“It’s a wonderful way for all members of the community, from young children to retirees, to learn more about horticulture.”

The Kings Park nursery has produced more than 20,000 plants for the event and will unveil a new type of wildflower, the ‘Anniversary Gold’ this year.

Annual festival-goer Kellie Siegert says the event is fun for the whole family.

“Me and my husband take our kids every year, it just keeps getting better,” she said.

“My son is just as excited to see all the wildflowers as we are.

“There’s something for everyone and I think it’s really great to get out and involved in the community.”