Southwestern Australia is a Mediterranean-climate region with a hugely diverse flora, and is considered to be one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. This area is isolated from other humid parts of the country by the inland deserts. Genera such as Banksia, Eucalytpus and Grevillea are especially diverse in this area.
The MEMBG Western Australian Garden is located adjacent to the Desert Garden in the northeast corner of the Garden, and contains a number of shrubs and trees. With massive cone shaped flower spikes, our yellow flowered form of cut-leaf Banksia (Banksia praemorsa) is a wonderful specimen in this area. Several species of Calothamnus (C. quadrifolus, C. villosus), shrubby members of the eucalyptus family, are also found here. The Southwestern Australian Garden will be expanded upon in the next several years, stayed tuned for exciting developments!