Living relics of Australia’s prehistoric past have been shaped into gardens reflecting the vegetation that covered southwestern Australia before Australia and Antarctica were separated.
Evidence for these plants is found in mud, sand and rocks.
The Eocene Garden consists entirely of plant varieties known to have flourished in Australia 38-55 million years ago.
Found to the right of the Museum portico, it includes:
The garden also includes a large specimen of Western Australian spongolite (sponge-like rock).
Outside the rear door of the Museum is a Jurassic Garden.
The Jurassic period is perhaps best known as a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, 135 - 190 million years ago.
Features of the Jurassic Garden include:
A sculpture, in nearby Prider Court, is made from an uncommon orbicular granite found on Boogardie Station, near Mt Magnet in Western Australia's Mid-West.
A large polished sphere of orbicular granitoid nestles in a rough block of the same natural rock. The sphere rotates on a thin layer of water, that cascades down to fill an ornamental pool.
The rock crystallised from molten material pooled in the Earth’s crust more than two-and-a-half billion years ago.
The sculpture was created by Richard Williamson, donated to the Museum by Mr Mark Creasy, and installed thanks to a bequest from Professor Rex Prider.