Walter Rose, a botanist trained at Kew Gardens, came to the Bahamas in 1947 from Birmingham, England. He was working as the landscaping superintendent at Radcliffe, the home of Mrs. I. W. Killam when Wallace Groves offered him a position to develop a nursery and landscaping for Grand Bahama.
In 1957 he established the Lucayan Nursery. Rose built the first shade house at this location to cultivate cuttings collected from Groves’ island, Little Whale Cay, in the Berry Islands, eventually raising over 100,000 plants for the Port Authority.