Mmmm… the Pink Everlasting is nice and soft… 🙂
Kings Park Wildflower Festival wouldn’t be complete without the Adorable Florables — mischievous larger-than-life wildflower characters each with a personality to match their bloom — who rove around the park on Sundays.
The Adorable Florables are the brainchild of Kings Park Festival Director Jacqui Kennedy. In a move to educate and entertain the public, the team at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has devised a series of characters representing the state’s native wildflowers. The golden wattle, Queen of Sheba orchid, pink everlasting, banksia and kangaroo paw are some of the native plant species portrayed by performers who don flamboyant costumes and make-up, transforming themselves into real-life representations of the species.
The costumes for the Adorable Florables are designed by Isaac Lummis, a Melbourne based costume designer and maker, whose body of work extends across a diverse range of performers and performance genres. He has designed costumes for dance, circus, theatre and festivals.
The Adorable Florables first appeared in 2007, and every year since. Between 2007 and 2009 they were known as the Wandering Wildflowers and in 2010 they became the Adorable Florables. In 2011 two new characters, Silver Princess and Western Spinebill Bird, were added to the group. In total, there are ten members of the Adorable Florables: Granny Bonnet, Queen of Sheba Orchid, Kangoroo Paw, Silver Princess, Zamia Cycad Warrior, Pink Everlasting, Banksia and Golden Wattle plus Thinnid Wasp and Western Spinebill Bird. All ten made a guest appearance at the Government House Garden Party, the official state reception for the royal visit to Perth on 28 October 2011 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The Adorable Florables are stunningly creative works of art.