Kings Park and Botanic Gar­den, WA

Gardening Australia - - SPECIAL PLACES -

An in­sti­tu­tion for fam­ily out­ings, this is a kids’ par­adise with ter­rific play­grounds through­out the gar­den, and awe­some dis­plays of na­tives. A truly re­mark­able spec­i­men worth see­ing is the gi­ant boab (Adan­so­nia gre­gorii), which has been named Gija Ju­mulu. Weigh­ing in at 36 tonnes, with a trunk 2.5m in di­am­e­ter, it was trans­ported more than 3200km from War­mun in the Kim­ber­ley by truck a decade ago. The tree is now grow­ing well in the heart of the gar­den and lo­cals love how it has adapted to its new home and land­scape. About 750 years old, it gives city folk a taste of how life feels in the bush, and gives us all a re­al­ity check about the longevity and im­por­tance of our plants. bgpa.wa.gov.au, (08) 9480 3600

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