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Assistant Curator Sall Foss chases wildflowers Kelly Meacock (Pink Everlasting) and Olivia Gialuisi (Silver Princess) through Kings Park in the lead-up to the Wildflower Festival. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

There's a buzz about Kings Park and it's not just the bees darting around the flowers.

The Kings Park Festival, starting tomorrow, will offer music, theatre and an array of activities to complement the stars of the show, the magnificent wildflowers.

Sundays from September 9 to October 7 will feature live entertainment, but if you're a purist for botanical items there are daily wildflower walks as well as the famous native plant sale from Saturday, September 29 to Monday, October 1.

The festival has teamed with the University of WA Extension program to offer workshops and short courses that include propagation, linocut and photography.

Festival director Jacqui Kennedy said performers the Adorable Florables would star in children's theatre shows starting on Sunday, September 9 on the main stage in the Botanic Garden.

"They're all vying to be the best wildflower and look the most beautiful," Ms Kennedy said.

Costume designer Isaac Lummis has created the six Adorable Florables' spectacular outfits.

Ms Kennedy said photography would be a key theme of this year's festival.

"We're encouraging people to come up to Kings Park throughout September and photograph the wildflowers and come for a lovely walk and enjoy a picnic," she said.

"Because of all the sunshine we've had, it means the flowers will be ready early in September and they have planted a lot more pink everlastings."

Most events are free or entry is a gold coin donation.

For a full program of free and ticketed events, visit the festival website www.kings

The West Australian

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