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



Monday 26th September at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading

Derek Dexter

Fuchsia talk

Monday 10th October at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading

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 - January 2016



Activities of Reading & District Fuchsia Society 2015

Once again the this has been a very active year. The Society is pleased to announce that they have an association with the Southcote Gardeners’ Association wheremembers of each society can enter one another’s show, also join in their activities and exchange newsletters. This is the first of an initial two years to see how successful the association between us has been.

We welcomed several new members to the Society. The Society is open to anyone who is interested in growing fuchsias. We hold meetings every month and in the ‘growing’ season, two meetings are held. The Society invites speakers from other gardening topics during the year. During 2016 our speakers will include Alan Goold from Henry Street Garden Centre, John Negus talking about Exbury Gardens and a speaker from the RNLI giving us an insight into what being a lifeboat member means. There will, of course, be speakers talking on how they grow fuchsias.

Paul and Brenda organised another visit to Belgium in March which was enjoyed by all. We travelled by coach and ferry to our hotel on Friday and on Saturday visited Bruges. A good day was enjoyed although the weather was not brilliant, with misty rain falling for much of the time.

On Sunday we visited Katrien Michiels’ Fuchsia nursery in Belgium and spent some time looking round the nursery, making our purchases. We were welcomed by Katrien and her sister. It looked at one point as if we might have to leave luggage behind and just return with the fuchsias! Prior to leaving Katrien presented us with a large hanging pot as one of our raffle prizes.

The Society decided against holding a sale at the Woodley Pagoda but attended a car boot sale on the Woodley Precinct at the beginning of June, where we sold fuchsias, bric-a-brac and books. Unfortunately there was no MERL Village Fete this year and the weekend we were due to attend the car boot sale at Swallowfield it rained so much that we decided not to go.

The Society hired a minibus for a day trip to Trefriw when six of us visited Royaleyn’s Nursery and purchased some fuchsia plants. We were made very welcome with scones, cakes and tea/coffee being provided.

The usual Mini Show was held immediately prior to the Annual Show and the winner this year was Jenny Rose.

The Annual Show in July, held for the past fifteen years at the Henry Street Garden Centre, is the highlight of the year with a fine display of different cultivars and varieties of Fuchsia being shown. Carol Gubler, the well-known BFS judge and nurseryman judged the show this year. Plant sales were excellent and other activities included Guess the Name of the Polar Bear, Raffle and Tombola which were mostly well supported.

August saw Jenny holding a B-B-Q at her house during August and which was enjoyed by those attending.

During August, saw the BFS London Show held at Normandy, near Guildford. Members from the Reading & District Fuchsia Society entered classes and some were successful.

The Society attended the Southcote Gardeners’ Association Annual Show at the beginning of September. Two of our members entered the Show and met with success.

The Society attended Henley Agricultural Show again and put on a display of fuchsias, selling plants to interested parties.

A meeting is held each month in the winter and two meetings each month during the lighter evenings, when a speaker is invited to talk – not only about Fuchsias but about horticulture in general. We sometimes have a speaker who will relate his experiences in his area of expertise.

Once again Brownie packs are invited to learn how to grow fuchsias when one of our members will attend their meetings each month and show them how to pot them on and pinch out when necessary.

Our year once again will end with our AGM followed by our Christmas social when all members are invited to bring along some food for all to enjoy once the business of the evening is completed. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and wine are provided by the Society.

Following the AGM there is a short break in proceedings until the beginning of January when all existing (and new) members are invited to come along and enjoy a quiz evening.



last updated 18-09-2016