Back to the Fuchsia

It’s back for the 19th time and will share a fabulous display of plants and more.
The Franklin Fuchsia show will be held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January.
President of the Franklin Fuchsia group, Mary Hull, has been an organiser since the beginning and can credit the success of the shows on successful staging in the past.
“It’s always well received and we see people attending from all over Auckland, and beyond— places like Northland, Tauranga and Paeroa.”
This year, people can expect to see a hall full of wonderful displays, with fuchsia of all shapes, sizes and stages, purchase potted plants and see fuchsia lore.
The group are welcoming back Gloria Underwood from Dargarville and Anne Waters from Tauranga, two of the four judges to be assessing the displays.
Once again, it has been an interesting season for growing fuchsia. “It was wet, then dry, then wet again, and then came the wind. I think that did the most damage,” said Mary. “It has made growing conditions very hard.”
Despite the changing conditions, it’s still all go for the group. This year, like years past, there will be potted plants for sale. However you’ll need to get in quick. “You get the chance to see the displays and then buy plants you like, they always sell very quickly,” Mary said.
She credits her love for plants that keep the show rolling, “I love pottering around with the fuchsia.” Mary said.
 “There’s great friendship in the group. We’re a well-oiled machine and everyone knows what to do.”
Mary is also the incoming President of the National Fuchsia Society, which means she will be stepping down as president of the local group.
The show attracts people from all over the Auckland region and beyond. Last year several hundred attended across the two days.
Tickets can be bought at the door, 10am Friday, and 9am Saturday.

Carol West and Mary Hull are excited to present the Fuchsia show again this year.

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