A blooming good time at Kings Park flower festival

Throughout September, Kings Park and Botanic Garden will celebrate Western Australia’s native wildflowers with the 2019 Kings Park Festival.

The free festival presented in collaboration with the Friends of Kings Park and Lotterywest runs from September 1 to September 30 and showcases a wide variety of diverse and unique native wildflowers.

Kings Park Events Assistant Oriana Salis said there will also be a variety of events showcasing local art, culture and natural landscapes.

“We have wellness events such as yoga, free guided walks every day, musicians and deck chairs scattered everywhere for people to enjoy,” she said.

Oriana said one of the standout exhibitions people should come to see is the Floral Regalia supported by Lotterywest, a community artwork made from more than 400 crochet designs inspired by wildflowers.

“This entire piece had been made by the public, they crocheted these designs and we have put them together to form an artwork. It is such a unique piece and has attracted a lot of photographers,” she said.

The Floral Regalia exhibit created by community members. Photo: Tiffany Verga.

Kings Park Horticultural coordinator Alison Smith said currently there were roughly 3000 of the 12,000 species of wildflowers grown in Western Australia in the park.

Kings Park Head Horticulturist Alison Smith. Photo: Tiffany Verga.

She said to ensure there was such variety, preparation for the festival has been underway since early May.

“Obviously we have a lot of things in there that have been flowering from previous years but a lot of the sowing of our everlastings took place throughout the winter,” she said.

Alison said for festival attendees, the beauty is in the combination of wildflowers but there are a few specific plants people should keep an eye out for.

“The Kangaroo Paws and the Qualup Bells are always a favourite but also especially beautiful at the moment are the everlasting daisies in different colours,” she said.

A Qualup Bell in bloom at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Photo: Tiffany Verga.

Staff say another highlight are the language tours run throughout the month including a Chinese and Japanese guided tour.

Across the month the festival is expected to attract the attention of many new and returning visitors.

Wildflower photographer Elis Za, @photographyeza on Instagram, said she came down to the festival because she loves taking photographs of flowers in their natural landscapes.

“I always enjoy coming down here and am impressed by the variety of flowers on offer,” she said.

Chantelle and Ron Colquhoun. Photo: Tiffany Verga.

Ron Colquhoun and daughter-in-law Chantelle said they were visiting the festival to celebrate some successful cancer treatment.

“We love it here, Ron has a native garden up in the hills and we came down here to see the beauty of the flowers,” Chantelle said.

“We come once a year so why not come and celebrate life in a beautiful place.”

If you’re interested in any of the events happening across the Kings Park Festival check out the Kings Park website for further information.

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