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.
Koolbardi Bidi Learning Program
The Koolbardi Bidi Learning Program kicks off around July this year, with tours, workshops and educational opportunities. CASM will be promoting these activities through our Facebook page and the Creative Mandurah e-newsletter.
Six Seasons Journal, Educators Pack and Newsletter
Pop into CASM to collect your free copy of the Six Seasons Journal, designed for children to record observations of local weather, plants and animals as they follow the seasonal changes over a year. The Journal includes activity suggestions for educators.
There is also a free online Educators Pack that contains in-depth information about traditional Noongar culture and ecology relating to the seasons here in Mandurah.
The journal and the Educators Pack can be downloaded from the Six Seasons Journal drop-down box below. This drop-down box also has a registration option – sign up to receive the bi-monthly Six Seasons newsletter with seasonal information, activities and updates.
For more information, contact the Garden Manager.