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.

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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