Muminbulah Wilak – ATCO’s six seasons garden
The six seasons calendar is a very important knowledge system for Western Australia’s Noongar people. To tell the story of the role the six seasons, local flora and fauna play in Noongar history and culture, ATCO Australia has created the Six Seasons Garden at its Jandakot depot.
The garden was designed by Denice Kickett, a Whadjuk Noongar woman in consultation with Noongar Elders. This accessible and tranquil space carries the Noongar name Denice was given by her grandparents – Muminbulah Wilak – Spirit of the Land.
The native plant list for the garden was created to correlate with the plants that were seasonally available for food, shelter and toolmaking.
The six seasons are: Makuru (June-July); Djilba (August -September); Kambarang (October – November); Birak (December-January); Bunuru (February-March); and Djeran (April- May).
ATCO Australia, headquartered in Perth, has a well demonstrated commitment to community support and partners with a diverse range of community organisations.
An Audio Garden Tour has been designed for visitors to the company’s Muminbulah Wilak Six Seasons Garden. The tour was developed and recorded by Aboriginal Productions and Promotions and the music was also supplied by Dr Richard Walley. It can be accessed here.