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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Australia - Western Australia - West Perth

Institution Code: KPBG

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

About the Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park and Botanic Garden covers 400 hectares and comprises three main areas - the bushland (approximately 267ha), botanic garden (17ha) and developed parkland (approximately 62ha) in addition to roads and car parks, restaurants and cafes.

Main Address:
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Fraser Avenue
West Perth
Western Australia 6005 Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)8 9480 3600
Fax: 61 (0)8 9322 5064
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mark Webb, CEO

    Directors: Dr Kingsley Dixon; Lesley Hammersley; Marcelle Broderick
    Curator's Name: Grady Brand
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Amanda Shade
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 68
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number: 16
    Administration Staff Number: 11

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: N
    Status: State: Y
    Status: Educational: Y
    Status: Municipal: N
    Status: Satellite: Y
    Status: Trust: Y
  • Date founded: 1895
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 260 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 77 Hectares
  • Total Area: 400 Hectares
    Latitude: -31.964312
    Longitude: 115.831467
    Annual Rainfall: 800 mm
    Altitude: 50.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: Y
    Published Plant Catalogue: N
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 5800000
    Number of Volunteers: 1400

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Over 90 % of collection is Australian flora. Western Australian native flora (2,200 species), aromatic and fragrant garden, metropolitan garden.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Y
    Plant Breeding: Y
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: N
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: Y
    Seed/Spore Biology: Y
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: Y
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y

Restoring Damaged Mining Sites

Growing global demand for raw materials will accelerate mining of coal, aluminum and rare earths, especially in Australia.  These deposits often lie below species-rich forests and shrublands that are of great conservation value.  Kings Park in Perth has been working with mining companies to find ways of replacing the soil and forests using cutting-edge science as well as innovations in the mining process.  It is now possible to restore over 90% of the plant species found in a mined Jarrah Forest, producing a complex forest structure in 15 to 20 years that is suitable as habitat for rare birds and mammals.  Just as important, the restored forest provides a much better watershed for capturing the available precipitation than the forestry-type plantations that were commonly installed in the past. 

In addition, over 600ha of species-rich native woodland and shrubland communities are under active restoration in Kings Park and associated lands. Kings Park is involved in over 70 restoration projects, mostly in degraded landscapes in the arid, semi-arid and Mediterranean-climate areas of Western Australia, but also local- to regional-scale restoration projects in the Middle East and North Africa. These projects occur in ecosystems as diverse as Western Australian marine seagrass meadows, species-rich Kwongan shrublands and arid spinifex grasslands, and Libyan juniper woodlands.

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