Festival set to bloom
THIS year’s 51st Kings Park Festival has come a long way since the event was first held at Perth Town Hall with cut flowers displayed in jam jars, before turning into a ticketed event with marquee entry fee.
Now the event is accessible to everyone, with most of the program free of charge, ranging from guided walks and family activities to outdoor exhibitions and art installations.
There is also live music, including the Santos Live Sundays sessions which will launch on September 7 with Christine Anu.
“The festival is now in line with our sustainable way of working, in that all the wildflowers are displayed as living plants within the gardens, rather than cut displays, which is obviously not an ideal environmental way of working,” Maddern said.
“It always amazes me the amount of work that goes into preparing the gardens. While our events team is scrambling away madly for a couple of months before, our horticulturalists are working about three years in advance to plan the festival garden. “I think their commitment to that is amazing. I love the art and creative elements in the park and the fact that we have lots of amazing local talent, whether they’re artists, musicians or experts in different areas.
The Adorable Florables will be at Kings Park Festival every Sunday during September, along with an appearance at the Fantastic Faraway Festival on Saturday, September 20.
Kings Park Festival runs from September 1 to 30 and the full program is at bgpa.wa.gov.au
Zamia Cycad Warrior, Queen of Sheba Orchid and Thinnid Wasp getting ready for the Kings Park Festival.