Planted in November 2017, with support from the City of Mandurah and community volunteers, Koolbardi Bidi cultural garden is an inclusive and accessible interactive space for the broader community to enjoy.

The garden celebrates the diversity of local flora and the traditional knowledge of the Noongar people. Through community workshops, educational programs and self-guided walks, the goal is to give visitors a deeper appreciation of the rich history of our community and the many uses of endemic species. The garden contains almost 60 species of local plants that have traditional significance to the Noongar people and that can be used today for contemporary bush cuisine, eco-dyeing and textile arts.

The space also features artwork by local artists and community members, and a Noongar-English word wall, offering visitors a chance to learn more about the local Noongar language.

The brochure describes 12 of these plants, selected not only because of their fascinating stories, but because they are now available in nurseries for the home garden. We encourage you to plant local native species to support our wildlife and create a sustainable resource for further exploration of these wonderful plants.

For more information relating to the Koolbardi Bidi cultural garden, please contact the Garden Manager, Helen Coleman, at helen.coleman@mandurah.wa.gov.au.

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.

The garden is maintained by volunteers. For information on volunteering opportunities with the City of Mandurah, please visit our volunteering page for current openings.

Garden projects

In November 2020, the City of Mandurah will launch the six seasons journal through schools and community groups. This journal is designed to strengthen a sense of connection with traditional Noongar culture and the local environment, through observations of the weather, plants and animal activity over 12 months. 

A free, downloadable Educators’ Pack includes:

  • Information about traditional Noongar lifestyle in relation to seasonal changes on the Swan Coastal Plain 
  • Simple art and nature-based activities to do in your school garden/local bush – specific to each season
  • Descriptions of plants and animals that you might see in the bush locally, and information on their uses and lifecycles relevant to the seasons
  • Noongar words for local plants and animals.

The Six Seasons Journal will be available from the start of NAIDOC Week, 8-15 November 2020 in two formats: 

  • A colour printed, 24p A5 booklet, that can be ordered @ $2.50 per copy
  • As a free download from the City of Mandurah website.

There will be a range of community engagement opportunities associated with the Six Seasons Journal throughout the year, please register to stay up to date.

Register to find out more and keep up to date with this project

More information

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