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Aki Hiramatsu Kings Park horticulturalist from Willetton, The Kings Park Festival is about to commence and one of the first events is a guided walk through the Botanic Garden which is being presented in Japanese
Aki Hiramatsu Kings Park horticulturalist from Willetton, The Kings Park Festival is about to commence and one of the first events is a guided walk through the Botanic Garden which is being presented in Japanese

He initially worked in the Japanese tour industry and fell in love with Kings Park after guiding hundreds of Japanese tourists around the green grounds, which he enjoyed so much he was inspired to study horticulture at Tafe.

For the first time, the now 41-year-old will be guiding Japanese-speaking tourists through the Kings Park Botanic Garden as part of Kings Park Festival celebrations.

Mr Hiramatsu said he was looking forward to talking to visitors about wildflowers while giving them a behind-the-scenes look at what he does.

‘People will have the chance to learn the secrets to creating an outstanding garden and will see some amazing native wildflowers,’ he said.

‘They will also learn about the horticultural practices used in Kings Park.

‘The walk will create a new appreciation for WA’s incredible flora.’

The walk is on September 2, from 10.30am-11.30am and will start from the mound outside of Aspects Gallery.

No booking is required.

Walks will also be presented in English each Thursday throughout September and in Vietnamese on September 9, Mandarin on September 16, Portuguese on September 23 and French on September 30.

The festival will run throughout September. Visit bgpa.wa. gov.au