A fauna park was established in the early 1990’s.
However, the recession that soon followed took a heavy toll and by the
time new owners Lyle and Cheryl Filippe took over in 2001 the fauna
park had closed and the Nursery was in need of a major overhaul.
Removing the old aviaries and creating a more open shop area
surrounded by garden beds, the new Nursery is now vibrant and
beautiful, once again delighting all who visit.
Situated on the borders of Venezuela, Guyana
and Brazil, Mount Roraima is a famous example of ‘tepui’, or table-top
mountain. Separated from the surrounding plateau by nearly vertical
cliffs, the flat top of Mount Roraima remained a mystery to explorers
from the time of the discovery of the mountain by Sir Walter Raleigh
in the 16th Century until the cliffs were finally scaled in the
1880’s. The mountain inspired the famous novel "The Lost World" by Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, in which explorers reached the flat top to
discover a haven of dinosaurs still living.
When Nursery owner Lyle Filippe climbed Mount
Roraima in 1998, there were no dinosaurs to be seen! but he was
delighted to see many plants that are unique to the mountain top, and
beautiful outcroppings of rock and crystal. Returning to Australia
Lyle was inspired to name his nursery after the beautiful mountain.