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

Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) launches the Six Seasons Journal this November, to support the City’s 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations.

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.

In addition, CASM has worked with the Noongar community, anthropologists, ecologists and teachers to create the free 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.

By registering for the Six Seasons project, participants can learn about upcoming initiatives, e.g. the display of completed journals in the Mandurah Arts Festival in November 2021.


View the Six Seasons Journal 

View the Six Seasons Educators Pack

Register here

More information

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