Kings Park's best-ever wildflower displays are in full bloom for the Kings Park Festival after winter rains this year.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the 2016 festival opened today with a month-long program of free events, displays, art exhibitions and activities for the whole community.
"This is the world's biggest display of Western Australia's flora and more than half a million people are expected to visit Kings Park during the festival," Mr Jacob said.
"Local people and visitors from around the world will be able to enjoy our famous wildflowers from every region of the State right here in Perth."
The festival is based in the Western Australian Botanic Garden, one of the most visited of its kind in the world.
"The Botanic Garden is a leader in environmental conservation, horticulture and scientific research," the Minister said.
"Its plant collection is one of the best in the world and world-class research into native plants underpins conservation and ecological restoration of Western Australia's landscapes. I encourage people to visit the Botanic Garden during the festival to gain a deeper understanding of this State's rich natural heritage and enjoy the free events."
The Botanic Garden also encompasses much of the State's cultural heritage - from ancient Noongar history to modern day - through public art, memorials, trails and garden displays.
A new eight metre-high sculpture made from aluminium, copper and dichroic glass has been installed at the entrance to the Botanic Garden. The mesh-like seed pattern cut-outs represent 11 endemic Western Australian plant species.
The festival is proudly presented by Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the Friends of Kings Park with the generous support of Lotterywest.
The full festival program is available at http://www.kingsparkfestival.com.au or follow the latest news on the Kings Park and Botanic Garden Facebook page
All festival events are free including a spectacular outdoor exhibition, a mysterious hair wizardry show, guided walks and a flower fashion collection
The Kings Park nursery has produced more than 30,000 plants for the festival
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