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.
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Dates for Your Diary
Monday 23rd May at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading
Lifeboat Talk - RNLI
Monday 13th June at 7.30pm in Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading
Trophy Winners 2015
The President's Cup Joy Craig
The Bartlett Cup Jenny Rose
The Fuchsiavale Nursery Cup Terry Peters
The Samantha Rawdon Cup Ella Stace
The Clark Cup Ella Stace
The Jim Clarke Shield Ella Stace
The South Reading Cup Ella Stace
The Cooper Cup Ella Stace
The Graham Bosley Memorial Shield Not awarded
The Eatwell Cup Not awarded
The Len Whay Cup Not awarded
The Wilf Crooks Trophy Ann Allen
The Guildford Shield Ann Allen
The Bennet Cup Joy Craig
The Faulkner Cup Jenny Rose
The Dot & Geoff Fuchsiaowl Jenny Rose
The Wellesley Wilson Cup Jenny Rose
The Jim Taylor Cup Terry Peters
The Hodgson Cup Mike Thomas
The Farmers Challenge Shield Charles Searle
Charles Searle Joy Craig
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.
Dates for your Diary
Following the very successful trip to Belgium in March this year, Paul and Brenda are organising a further trip next year. The date is 20th/22nd March. We will be travelling on Friday to Bruges and spend Saturday sightseeing in Bruges. Sunday morning we will visit Katrien Michiels Nursery before journeying back to Calais and the boat trip back to Dover. If you would like to go, please contact Paul.
Firstly our own Show which was held in July. It was an exceptionally good show with lots of plants on the show bench, and although the weather was hot once again, we were given a different setting at Henry Street Garden Centre which proved very successful.
I hope that you have enjoyed a good summer and managed to visit some of the Shows, particularly the ones put on by the BFS. The London Show was the 75th Anniversary of the first BFS Show and was well supported at Normandy - the English one not the French one! Several of our members met with success.
The Society was invited to attend the Southcote Gardeners’ Association Annual Show which was held on the 30th August at the Blessed Hugh Faringdon School, where we displayed Fuchsias, Fuchsia Lore and handed out leaflets. Information was given on how to take cuttings and some small hardy plants were handed to those interested. There was an offer of free plants if anyone joined our Society. It was a very friendly show and we have been invited to attend again next year.
Several R&DFS members attended the Windsor Show which is held at the beginning of August. The standard is always very high and it was a very pleasant afternoon out.
Terry’s Tips for September
Well the season is over for showing, so not forgetting about our Fuchsias for over wintering and preparing for our shows next season is the next thing we will be thinking about. I have already cut some of my plants back now to give them a chance to show some growth before the colder weather is up on us.
Summer has arrived at last – and although the plants like us are a bit confused – all seems to be budding up at last!
As usual a few notes before we start!
As ever I start commenting on the weather!! As I type this the weather does seem to think that spring has sprung! Will it last – we will have to wait and see! Also will it ever stop raining…?
As usual a few notes before we start!
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Reading and District Fuchsia Society week-end trip to Belgium
On behalf of RDFS my wife and I organised a trip to Katrien Michiels Fuchsia Nursery.
Friday was basically travelling to our hotel just outside Brussels. On Saturday we visited the Botanical Gardens of Belgium in the morning before going in to the centre of Brussels for the afternoon and early evening.
On the Sunday we visited Katrien, and this was the highlight of the visit. Katrien opened up just for us and laid on light refreshments. This is the largest Fuchsia Nursery in Europe and Katrien told us she has over 6000 plants. All plants are sold in 10cm pots. We spent just over 2 hours there before heading home to catch an early evening ferry before arriving back in Reading at about 9pm.
This one of the feedbacks I received.
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