Araluen Botanical Garden

Episode: 6
Title: Araluen Botanical Garden
Broadcast: 10th October 2015
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

If you were born in Western Australia, the tulip would probably be the most exotic plant that you’ve ever come across. Trevor shows you how you can experience these plants in flower at Araluen Botanical Park.

  • Every winter, the very capable but small team of gardeners increases as a huge number of volunteers join them to plant 120,000 new tulip bulbs.
  • While the hard work is done during mid-winter, it’s spring when the bulbs get to work and display their spectacular blooms for everyone to enjoy.
  • Tulips are one of the most water wise plants in our environment, the reason behind this is that they soak in the winter rains and go dormant during the summer, so they don’t need any supplementary watering during the summer months.
  • The Araluen Botanical Park was created back in 1929 and was designed as a retreat for youth to come and learn life skills in the most stunning environment.
  • The garden and native parkland cover some 59 hectares, and its care was taken over by the Araluen Park Foundation in 1990. Since then, this group of passionate people have removed many of the invasive species and continue to do so, trying to ensure that the gardens remain pristine and the broader environment free of weeds.

Araluen Botanic Park: Contact - 08 9496 1171