Grower Brian Parry comes from a pioneer wildflower family. Brian’s uncle, Henry Parry, established Floralands Nursery, possibly the first wildflower farm in Australia, in 1908 at Kariong on the Central Coast of NSW.
Brian’s parents, Percy and Olive Parry, took over Floralands from his uncle, and dedicated their lives to the preservation of Australian native plants by cultivation.
It was at one time illegal to carry native flowers on public transport, and during the 1940s conservationists pushed for a total ban on the sale of native plants.
Percy Parry lobbied the industry and government to recognise that rather than banning the sale of native flowers, licensing growers who had commercial quantities growing on their properties (natural or cultivated) would encourage people to cultivate native plants and cut flowers, thus preserving the existing known species and encouraging experimentation into improving some species.
The Wildflower and Native Plants Protection (Amendment Bill) was passed in 1945, and Percy Parry’s Floralands Nursery received licence No.1. 

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