Illawarra Grevillea Park

Address: Illawarra Grevillea Park Society Inc, Princes Highway Bulli NSW 2516
Phone: 02 4284 9216

Tags: park

During the mid 1980s the need for a permanent park to "house" wild sourced Grevillea plant material became necessary.

The Grevillea Study Group of the Society for Growing Australian Plants had grown these "wild" grevilleas under nursery conditions at Bulli up to that time and it was soon realised a large park would be needed for the collection.

With support from the Sydney and Canberra Botanic Gardens, Wollongong Council was approached with regard to the establishment of the park. With support from Mr Gregory of WCC and various Councillors the area was selected. Work began in 1987. In 1993, after a group funded by the LEAP scheme (for the unemployed) worked for a considerable period of the year, the park opened in September 1993.

Organisations who supply plants on consignment for open days: East Coast Nursery, Sydney Wildflower Nursery, Ausflora Plants (Philip Keene)

Organisations that provide financial or material support: Australian Plants Society, Grevillea Study Group. Royal Botanic Gradens, Mt Annan

Organisations that help with publicity for the enclosed section Open Days: gareden shows on ABC radio, 2UE, "Compost Heap", Graham and Sandra Ross, Angus Stewart, Northern Leader community newspaper. For example, the April/May opening in 2006 was heavily patronised, due undoubtedly to good publicity from Angus Stewart and the programme for the park on Gardening Australia.

Volunteers who help staff the park on open days, in particular members of the Illawarra branch of Australian Plants Society and Corrimal Garden club.

And of course the small but dedicated band of volunteers who put in countless hours of unpaid effort in maintaining and developing the park. It is easy to underestimate this task.

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