Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers. Gardeners in Australia and many overseas strive to grow the beautiful kangaroo paws, boronias, hakeas and banksias endemic to Western Australia, especially to the South West of the State.
The South West boasts incredibly rich and diverse flora, most of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The region is home to more than 5,000 plant species and is an internationally recognised ‘biodiversity hotspot’. It is home to some of the rarest orchids & carnivorous plants, trees & mountain bells.
The South West has a ‘Mediterranean’ climate, with cool, wet winters and warm to hot and dry summers, and its flora has adapted to both drought and fire.
Species endemic to the region include the ancient Kingia (Kingia australis) and the glorious Royal Hakea (Hakea victoria). Huge Karri trees (Eucalyptus diversicolor) grow up 90 metres in the wettest areas, and the Albany Pitcher Plant (Cephalotus follicularis) hides away in dense vegetation on the banks of streams and swamps.
In 2019 the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) will hold its national conference in Albany, on the south west coast of Western Australia. Albany is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse locations, renowned for its pristine coastline, myriad beaches and national parks, as well as its rich history.
Albany is the traditional home of the Minang Noongar people. It is located 420 kilometres south east of Perth and has a population of around 38,000 people.
The Conference will be hosted by the Wildflower Society of Western Australia. Spring is the main flowering period for our wildflowers, and the Conference will make the most of the peak flowering time.
The Albany Wildflower Show, with over 500 wildflower specimens on display, will be held in the week leading up to the Conference so that delegates can visit on the Friday or Saturday before the Conference begins.
In addition to an exciting program of speakers, the Conference includes half day tours around Albany on Sunday 29th followed by a Welcome Cocktail Party. The first full day of the conference is a choice of three full day excursions to enjoy the beautiful mountains or coast around Albany. There is an opportunity to take another of these options on day 3 of the conference.
There are also pre and post conference tours to explore Western Australia’s’ wildflower regions:
1. Kwongan and Woodland Tour - Wildflowers of northern heaths and inland woodlands
2. Granites and Lowlands Tour - Forests of the Darling Scarp and central Wheatbelt woodlands
3. Heathlands and Barrens Tour - Hidden gems between Fitzgerald and Cape LeGrand National Park
4. Coasts and Forests Tour- South West coastal forests and views
This is a great opportunity to learn more about Western Australia’s wildflowers. Find out more at www.bloomingbiodiversity.com.au