Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes

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Richard Court

Richard Court

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    Premier opens Kings Park Wildflower Festival

    6/10/2000 5:00 AM
     
    6/10/00

      One of Western Australia’s most magnificent floral festivals will open to the public today in Kings Park.

      This morning, Premier Richard Court will officially open the Kings Park Wildflower Festival, expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the next 10 days.

      Now into its 37th year, this year’s festival covers seven hectares of Kings Park and has the theme ‘Traditional and Contemporary Uses of Western Australian Flora’.

      “Western Australia has a beautiful range of flora that changes constantly around the State, and it’s just terrific to see so much effort put in to bringing these wildflowers to Kings Park for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Court said.

      “In a real spring-time spectacular, the Botanic Garden is filled with wildflowers featuring mass displays of kangaroo paws, pink everlastings, banksias and much more.

      “The annual Wildflower Festival is becoming increasingly popular and gaining international acclaim. It really is an opportunity to celebrate the significance of our natural landscape and its distinctive flora.”

      Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said features of this year’s festival included the award-winning Chelsea UK Flower Show and Japan Flora 2000 exhibits.

      “These outstanding gold medal displays at Chelsea and Kobe have been recreated alongside our wildflowers for a truly magnificent display at this year’s festival,” Mrs Edwardes said.

      “Given the outstanding international success of the two displays, it’s fitting that this year’s Festival is named the Gold Medal Kings Park Wildflower Festival 2000.

      “I am also very pleased to see the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Fountains have been restored as part of the refurbished Water Garden.

      “These fountains rise in stages to a height of over nine metres to provide another wonderful focal point for visitors to Kings Park.”

      Mrs Edwardes said this year’s festival was the result of dedicated teamwork from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, the Friends of Kings Park and Bold Park, the guides and other volunteer groups that do so much to ensure the festival’s success.

      A variety of guest speakers included eminent, internationally-acclaimed scientists like Dr Stephen Hopper and Dr Siegy Krauss discussing their research work and Dr Kingsley Dixon will focus on the fascinating life of orchids.

      The festival will also feature guided walks, botanic artists in residence, demonstrations of world famous science techniques at interactive displays, education programs for children, stalls and the Friends of Kings Park plant sale.

      Media contacts:
      Casey Cahill, Premier's office, 9222 9475
      Steve Manchee, Minister Edwardes' office, 9421 7777