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
'New Forest Idyll' - exploring Exbury Gardens
Monday 24th October at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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