Koolbardi Bidi Garden

Located in the grounds of Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, this garden features specimens of over 60 local native plant species.  Each plant has a story to tell, of use in traditional Noongar culture or contemporary art practices. The garden also features community art and a Noongar-English word wall.

Koolbardi Bidi is the Noongar name given to the garden by Elder Iris Woods, translating to Magpie Path. This name represents the Aboriginal and non Aboriginal community coming together to celebrate and learn about Noongar culture.

The Cultural Garden Plant Guide describes 12 of the Koolbardi Bidi Garden plants, suitable for home gardens. Please note: As with all bush food experimentation, it is vital to correctly identify plants before tasting, and start with a small sample to check for any adverse effects.

For more information, contact the Garden Manager.

Garden projects

The Six Seasons Journal is designed to connect children to the natural environment and deepen their knowledge and respect for traditional Noongar culture, through observation of the weather, plants and animals over a twelve-month period.  The Journal features artwork by Mandurah’s young people and includes classroom activities relevant to each season.

The journal can be downloaded free for personal use from the link below. Hard copies are available to purchase at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah for $2.50.

In addition, CASM has worked with the Noongar community, anthropologists, ecologists and teachers to create the free, downloadable Six Seasons Educators Pack. This Pack provides information about the ecology and traditional Noongar culture of Mandurah, to support teachers and parents as they explore our seasons.


View the Six Seasons Journal 

View the Six Seasons Educators Pack

The Walking with Magpies Response Journal encourages children of all ages to connect to the natural environment through mindfulness and simple creative activities as they explore the Koolbardi Bidi Garden.

The 24-page, A5 journal can be downloaded free for personal use from the link below. Hard copies are available to purchase at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah for $2.50.


View the Walking with Magpies Response Journal

More information

Cultural Garden Plant Guide CASM 2018 (PDF - 607.8KB)
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