Araluen Botanic Park springs into life for annual tulip bloom

About 140,000 tulips have been planted at Araluen Botanic Park in preparation for It's Yates Springtime.
About 140,000 tulips have been planted at Araluen Botanic Park in preparation for It's Yates Springtime.

WITH 400 volunteers on deck, many staff and sponsors, and 140,000 tulip bulbs, Araluen Botanic Park is ready to burst into bloom for its spring festival.

Thousands of visitors from across Perth flock to the City of Armadale to take in the sights every year, with more than 74,000 people heading to the park in 2016 during the six-week event.

Roleystone resident Jodie Druce moved to the area with her husband and two children five years ago to be closer to nature and has been volunteering her time in the gardens.

“I’ve been coming to the park since 2002; I even had my wedding photos taken here,” she said.

“I heard about the volunteers for the tulip planting and probably thought about it for a couple of years before I actually made the commitment to come.

“I didn’t know what to expect, I just rocked up on the day with some gardening gloves.

“We were made to feel very welcome and have been coming every year since.

“I love the vibe of the place. Everybody’s really happy to be here. There’s no pressure to plant a minimum or maximum and it’s really satisfying to come back and see the tulips you planted in bloom.”

The mother of two has since joined the weekly Wednesday Wonders volunteer group and her children have taken part in the annual tulip planting.

“It’s a great family thing to plant together then come back and experience the tulips together,” Mrs Druce said.

“It’s a very special place to be; everywhere you look, there’s lots of colour, big trees and plants everywhere, and it’s lovely with the water.

“It’s great for mental health as well as physical health and you come here and get a workout just from walking around everything.”

Ms Druce said it was fantastic to feel like she was sharing the garden with all the people who came to experience the beauty of Araluen.

Springtime at Araluen was launched on Friday by Premier Mark McGowan and is on until September 25.

Visitors can take in the tulips, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, with entertainment on the concourse and a Yates display, as well as face-painting for kids on weekends.

Visitors can also book a seat on the shuttle bus from Armadale or Kelmscott stations or the Armadale Visitors Centre every day of the week except Tuesdays. The bus leaves at 10.30am and departs Araluen at 1.30pm for $10 per person return.

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