Western Cape Fuchsia Society
The Western Cape Fuchsia Society meets at 2pm on the first Saturday of each month beteween February and November at the St Thomas Church Hall, Campground Road in Rondebosch. Every month there is a practical workshop during which an experienced grower demonstrates a particular aspect of cultivating fuchsias relevant to that time of the year. Afterwards members have some practical experience, for example, in June and July they can bring any of their own plants that need potting-up and they will be guided through this process on these plant/s.
The Society also invites a guest speaker to some meetings to talk about an interesting aspect of gardening, not necessarily connected to growing fuchsias.
Visitors are always welcome to participate and at the end of the meeting, they have the opportunity to discuss any aspect of fuchsia growing with the members over tea and cake.
Should you wish to join the Society, please contact the secretary (details provided below) for all relevant information.
A membership form may be downloaded here.
2021 - Monthly Schedule for Meetings & Workshop
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WESTERN CAPE FUCHSIA SOCIETY – NEWSLETTER : 6 November 2021
Brian welcomed 25 attendees including new member, Cavin van Wyk and rejoining member, John Perkins. Betty was thanked for the raffle and members for their always generous donations.
The main topic centered on the mini show to take place at ST Thomas, Rondebosch on 27 November, 2021.
Firstly, members are welcome to sell their plants at the craft market and the committee will set up a table for this purpose. The market starts trading at about 0900 so bring your stock early. Committee members will take turns to man the table. Please label your plants carefully, by attaching 2 price stickers to each plant. The 2nd of which must have the price and your name to be collected at point of sale and therefore correctly reimbursed at the end of the day. Please price in multiples of R10 to facilitate change.
Benching will start at 0930 and judging by Jan and Joy at 10.00. The plants will be open to the public by 1100 to view.
Informal judging by the members in 6 teams will take place at 13.00 followed by snacks and breakdown of exhibits.
Timing is tight due to the hall in use until 09.30 and the committee would like to give the opportunity to the public to see the fuchsias as this is our main source of new members. The lifeblood of any society.
There will be 8 categories, as follows:
- Miniatures, pots of 13 cm or less, hanging baskets of 15 cm
- Bushes or shrubs, single blooms
- Bushes or shrubs, double or semi-double blooms
- Baskets, single blooms
- Baskets, double or semi-double blooms
- Standards, any size excluding miniatures
- Beginners, novices or anyone who has not been awarded a prize before
- Open any shape/any size pot/any cultivar which does not fit in any of the above but limited to Encliandra, variegated, blooms x 6, current year, species, trained shape. Excluding : Blooms in wet sand, Spray of blooms, mixed planter and unusual container.
Prizes will be awarded to 8 winners (R150.00), Best on show (R250.00) and Peoples Choice (R250)
Rules to enter:
Maximum of 5 entries per exhibitor
Maximum of 2 plants per class per exhibitor
David, Show secretary, is to be advised of your entries by Wednesday before please. He will allocate a number which must be displayed on your plant.
As Show Manager, Ted asked all members to exhibit 5 plants
NB notice of aluminium stands and other equipment for showing to be reported to Ted as soon as possible
Felicity delivered a very informative talk on Species fuchsia. Her notes are attached.
Jan shared his wisdom and experience regarding show plant preparation, again notes attached.
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For more information about the Western Cape Fuchsia Society:
Please contact Brian Gouws (Chairman) on 021-919-1673
Merry Freeman (Secretary) on 021-761-5863