Bruce Gray has grown tropical orchids for about 50 years and today his complex of greenhouses harbour more than 1,100 different species. To get to know the orchids in their natural habitat, Bruce has travelled widely in the world’s tropics. He has described more than 20 new species and discovered many others. He worked as a botanist and botanical collector for the Forest Research Institute of the CSIRO for 30 years and still collects for botanical institutions in his spare time. His orchids have won many major awards including the Australian Orchid Council’s Species Orchid of the Year, in 2002 and 2010.