Wonderful news that the heart and soul of the Illawarra Grevillea Park, Ray Brown,has been recognised for his wonderful contribution to conservation and the environment in the Australia Day Honours list today. Ray has been a lifelong volunteer and continues to devote his time and energy to many areas of horticulture.
Thanks to Ray we have a unique park at Bulli that attracts many hundreds of visitors each year. As park manager Ray has been inspirational in mobilising a small group of volunteers to help him maintain and enhance a park that not only showcases Australian flora, but which provides a fantastic place for people to explore and relax with their family and friends.
Such has been Ray's impact that he was also given the honour of having a grevillea named after him, Grevillea raybrownii.
Ray always makes himself available on our open days to talk to visitors about growing grevilleas. Next time your at the park be sure to search him out for a chat!
The area will be grassed and an information centre will be built. The area is in one of the sunniest parts of the Park and is a response to increasing numbers of visitors to the gardens.
This has been grafted onto myoporum bateae
Sid Cadwell is a cultivar that puts on a stunning display as standard flowering for most of the year