News from previous years    FUCHSIAS

August 2013

Fuchsia show attracts 100 entries.  Wendy Bendy, Maxine's Smile and Border Raider were just three of the species of flower displayed at a fuchsia show in Windsor on Saturday.A wash of purples and pinks spread across Gardeners Hall, in St Leonards Road, during the event, which attracted more than 10 exhibitors and about 100 entries.The event is run annually by Windsor & Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society.Chairman Sid Garcia said: "It's gone great. Exhibits are down a little bit from last year but there's plenty of colour on the table."Fuchsia expert and national competition judge Geoffrey Oke (left) was a special guest at the event and chose the eventual winners. Categories included ornamental plants, baskets and hanging pots as well as different potted combinations. Some of the plants entered in the contest have taken two years to grow.One man who had a particularly successful day was Ray Birt, who scooped 13 first prizes for his plants. The Belle View resident, who is retired, has been taking part for nearly 30 years.He said: "It's always a good atmosphere and it's competitive as well as friendly. My favourite thing now is producing my own flowers.".

Enthusiasts flock to fuchsia flower show in Windsor  

August 2014

NOT even Hurricane Bertha could stop enthusiasts from flocking to a flower show, writes Tom Buxton.Society chairman Sid Garcia with guest judge Peter Holloway, chairman of the British Fuchsia SocietyThe Windsor and Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargorium Society held its annual flower show at Gardeners Hall, in Leonards Road, Windsor, on Saturday.Despite torrential weather the previous day, most of the exhibitors and their displays - which included carnations, begonias and other flora - turned up without any issues.Presiding as the show’s main judge was Peter Holloway, the president of the British Fuchsia Society (BFS). The esteemed BFS adjudicator spent the afternoon examining the assembled exhibits before revealing the award victors.

British Fuchsia Society president judges Windsor show
August 2014

Fuchsia lovers went right to the top when they needed a judge for their show on Saturday.They invited Peter Holloway, president of the British Fuchsia Society, down to Gardener's Hall, St Leonard's Road, Windsor.Eric Wiles, president of Windsor and Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society, said: "Each year the committee spends some time selecting the judges for the following year.  "It was mentioned that the national president of the British Fuchsia Society would like to visit one of our shows.  So we decided to ask him to come up from Trowbridge."This he did and seemed to enjoy meeting rank and file members."The prizes were presented this year by the society's vice-president, past Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Sandra Hopkins.Ray Birt won seven first prizes, Peter Waving won two, Tony Galea, David Coe, Graham Talbot and Bob Clarke one each.



Pictures from the Windsor Observer