Welcome to the Reading & District Fuchsia Society. We are a friendly Society who all like growing and showing Fuchsias. Our aim is to further and encourage an interest in growing fuchsias. 

Whilst we encourage interest in Fuchsia growing, we do have guest speakers talking on other subjects as can be seen from the yearly Programme.

Come along to one of our meetings for just £1 (non member) and you never know, you may want to come back.


Date for Your Diary

2016 - Forthcoming Dates to Remember

John Negus

'New Forest Idyll' - exploring Exbury Gardens

Monday 24th October at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading

John Nicholass

Fuchsia Talk

Monday 14th November at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading

AGM and Christmas Social

Monday 28th November at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading


RDFS Newsletter - September 2016



Activities of Reading & District Fuchsia Society 2016

The Society has again had a busy year. Pam organised some excellent speakers for us including Derek Press talking about the local Harris Garden, Alan Goold from Henry Street Garden Centre telling us how to get the best from our containers and baskets, Bridget Britton from the RNLI gave an interesting talk on their work. John Negus spoke on exploring Exbury Gardens. We also had Fuchsia talks from Carol Gubler, Dave Abbot, Derek Dexter and John Nicholass whilst Sid Garcia has given us three instructional evenings.

Our trip to Holland included a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens on Saturday to see the Flower Festival and we were not disappointed. There was a magnificent show of bulbs from the Dutch bulb growers and the weather was kind to us. There was also an impressive Carnival with floats of all kinds passing by the Gardens during the afternoon.

Mario de Cooker, the Dutch hybridist, visited us on the Saturday evening and gave us an excellent presentation followed by some slides showing his plants. He brought with him plants for us to purchase.

A trip to Amsterdam and a boat trip down the canals had been arranged for Sunday. The weather was showery and it was chilly but following the boat trip we wandered the streets seeing the sights that Amsterdam had to offer.

On Monday morning we left the hotel early in order to attend one of the Dutch nurseries to purchase Fuchsias which we hoped would be good enough for our local Fuchsia events during the year.

Our thanks go, once again, to Paul and Brenda for organising the trip and to Wayne, our coach driver. A further trip to Holland is being organised again for 2017.

Southcote Gardeners’ Association held their annual Plant Swap evening and Ann, Janet and Jenny attended, bringing back some useful pots for planting up for our sale. In return, we had taken some Fuchsia cuttings which quickly went.

Our Mini Show was held the week before our Annual Show and was won by Terry Peters. The Annual Show was held at the Henry Street Garden Centre and once again members provided a very colourful display. Roger Crowfoot attended and judged the exhibits. The only downside was that we were housed this year in HSGC’s lower sales area which was not the best position for us.

Jenny held another B-B-Q at her house which was attended by just over twenty people who enjoyed a social evening, despite the inclement weather.

Paul, Brenda, Jenny and Ann attended the Southcote Gardeners’ Association Annual Show at the beginning of September, putting on a display of Fuchsias. This year children presenting a token were given a free Fuchsia. This is the second of an initial two years’ association with the SGA. It is proposed to put a recommendation forward at the AGM to continue the association for an indefinite period, whereby all members of each association can attend one another’s events.

Paul and Brenda attended the Henley Agricultural Show putting on a display of Fuchsias and selling plants.

Jenny and Ann have four Brownie/Cub packs who regularly grow Fuchsias which are judged by two of our members and then included in the Annual Show where the national judge decides which is the best plant. The Brownie/Cub pack receive a trophy which was replaced this year with the Terry Peters Cup. This was won by the 95th Reading Cub/Scouts.

The year ends with our AGM and Christmas social when members provide food to enjoy once the business of the evening is finished. The Christmas Raffle provides gifts for twenty lucky members.

Following the AGM the beginning of January sees all members attending in order to renew their membership for the year and enjoy a quiz evening, organised by Paul and Brenda.



last updated 18-09-2016