Wessex Fuchsia Group

Gardening Group in Trowbridge, BA14 0NX

  1. Event: SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH FUCHSIAS 2 months ago
    on Tuesday 25th Nov, 2014, all day.
    Peter Holloway from Trowbridge. Peter is Wessex President and Editor and also President of the British Fuchsia Society. He has a wealth of knowledge on fuchsias. He will be giving us something different on fuchsias, so come and see!! This is our final meeting of the year.
    Refreshments and Raffle.
    Non members very welcome.
  2. Event: AGM followed by AMERICAN SUPPER 2 months ago
    on Tuesday 28th Oct, 2014, all day.
    The business end of the Group will not take too long to complete but has to be done. This is followed by an American Supper where members bring a plate of food, savoury or dessert and we sit down and enjoy the rest of the evening with plenty of banter and discussion on fuchsias.
    Refreshments and Raffle.
    Non members very welcome.
  3. Event: FUCHSIAS - ALL ASPECTS 2 months ago
    on Tuesday 30th Sep, 2014, all day.
    Nick Eggington from Other Fellow Fuchsia Nursery, Lydney.
    They have in the last few years started a nursery for fuchsias and have a very comprehensive list of all kinds of fuchsias including some of the more unusual varieties. First visit to Wessex.
    Refreshments and Raffle.
    Non members most welcome.
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  5. Event: 45th ANNUAL SHOW 2 months ago
    on Saturday 26th Jul, 2014, all day.
    The highlight of our year. The Annual Show.
    32 different classes of all kinds of fuchsias, singles, doubles, triphyllas, species, encliandras and unusual cultivars in all shapes and sizes. Standards, baskets, various pot sizes, patio containers, unusual containers. The hall will be a fabulous sight and plenty of colour. NOT TO BE MISSED.
    Refreshments. Raffle. Plant Sales. Tombola.
    Admission £1 Adults, children under 15 free.
  6. Event: GROWING LARGE STRUCTURES, FANS AND PILLARS 2 months ago
    on Tuesday 24th Jun, 2014, all day.
    Chris Woolston from Oakham, Rutland. Chris has been growing large structures for many years, and is a national showman. Over the years he has won every major award throughout the country for his specimens. Not to be missed.
    Refreshments and Raffle.
    Non members most welcome.
  7. Event: FUCHSIAS - BRING ALONG A PLANT FOR DISCUSSION AND ADVICE 2 months ago
    on Tuesday 27th May, 2014, all day.
    Bob Clarke from Calne. Bob is a Wessex member and both national and local showman winning many trophies for his fuchsias and pelargoniums.
    Refreshments and Raffle.
    Non members most welcome.
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  9. Event: PLANT SALE 2 months ago
    on Saturday 10th May, 2014, all day.
    Plenty of fuchsias and other plants available to purchase. Experts in attendance for any questions you may have. Demonstrations.
    The Guide Hut, Park Road, Trowbridge Park, Trowbridge BA14 8AQ.
    Refreshments available.
  10. Event: THE LIFE AND FUCHSIAS OF JAMES LYE 2 months ago
    from Tuesday 29th Apr, 2014 - Saturday 1st Mar, 2014
    We welcome Kristopher Harper from Norwich. Kristopher has a National Collection of James Lye fuchsias. James Lye was a well known local hybridiser of fuchsias in Market Lavington, near Devizes. Wessex Fuchsia Group is pleased to be associated with him and our badge is one of his cultivars.
    Refreshments and Raffle.
    Non members most welcome.
  11. Event: SMALL POT CULTURE AND MINIATURE STANDARDS 2 months ago
    on Tuesday 25th Mar, 2014, all day.
    We welcome John Nicholass from Portishead. John is British Fuchsia Society editor, author and show manager of the South Western Fuchsia Show at Portishead. A wealth of knowledge and excellent speaker.
    Refreshments and Raffle. Non members most welcome.
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Welcome to Wessex Fuchsia Group

The group was formed in 1969 and was one of the first in the South West. Membership was and still is spread over a wide area. It was also the efforts of the members to instigate the first British Fuchsia Society South Western Show and from this the advent of many new societies in the region. The group can boast that many of its members go on to become officers and committee members of the British Fuchsia Society. Not everyone realises that the Devizes district, our HQ, had then assumed such an important "centre" for fuchsias. One of the most famous fuchsia figures emanated in the district, James Lye, head gardener at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington was a prolific hybridiser and grower of massive plants. Lye was perhaps responsible more than anyone else for exhibiting these fine specimens at shows and bringing them to the attention of the public. It was therefore no surprise that the group adopted him as their mascot, gaining much information about him. The group's badge is of Amy Lye. Three fuchsias have been hybridised and are named after the society, Wessex Belle, Wessex Hardy and Wessex Jubilee. We hold our monthly meetings on the last Tuesday of each month except July, August and December. January is our Annual Dinner at a local hostelry, commencing at 7.45pm. Our Annual Show is held at the Seend Community Centre (same address) usually on the second Saturday in July, open from 1 - 4pm. Usually in April (Sunday) we have a trip to a specialist fuchsia nursery to purchase plants and in May we hold our annual Plant Sale at the Guide Hut, Park Road, Trowbridge. We encourage members to hold a  "Fun with Fuchsias" evening at their homes during the season, where members can ask questions and see different grower's gardens and their techniques.  We are a happy and friendly group who enjoy and have fun with their fuchsias with many members able to give their knowledge to newcomers. Based in the heart of Wiltshire. Membership is £5 per person and £2.50 children, commencing in January each year. 

The Main Bits!

Our club participates in the following activities:

  • Gardening
Last Tuesday of each month commencing at 7.45pm. Usually finish around 10pm.
No meetings in July, August and December.
January is a visit to a local pub for our annual dinner.
Membership is £5 per person.
Children up to 17 years £2.50 per person.
Anyone is welcome to join who are interested in gardening with a bias towards fuchsias.
This allows them to enter our Annual Show.
Our monthly meetings are held at:
Irene Usher Memorial Hall
Rusty Lane,
Seend
SN12 6NN
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Wessex Fuchsia Group
Trowbridge, BA14 0NX
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Upcoming Events

29th Apr - THE LIFE AND FUCHSIAS OF JAMES LYE

Time & Date(s): All Day, Tue 29th Apr, 2014

Details: We welcome Kristopher Harper from Norwich. Kristopher has a National Collection of James Lye fuchsias. James Lye was a well known local hybridiser of fuchsias in Market Lavington, near Devizes. Wessex Fuchsia Group is pleased to be associated with him and our badge is one of his cultivars.
Refreshments and Raffle.
Non members most welcome.…

27th May - FUCHSIAS - BRING ALONG A PLANT FOR DISCUSSION AND ADVICE

Time & Date(s): All Day, Tue 27th May, 2014

Details: Bob Clarke from Calne. Bob is a Wessex member and both national and local showman winning many trophies for his fuchsias and pelargoniums.
Refreshments and Raffle.
Non members most welcome.…

26th Jul - 45th ANNUAL SHOW

Time & Date(s): All Day, Sat 26th Jul, 2014

Details: The highlight of our year. The Annual Show.
32 different classes of all kinds of fuchsias, singles, doubles, triphyllas, species, encliandras and unusual cultivars in all shapes and sizes. Standards, baskets, various pot sizes, patio containers, unusual containers. The hall will be a fabulous sight and plenty of colour. NOT TO BE MISSED.
Refresh…

10th May - PLANT SALE

Time & Date(s): All Day, Sat 10th May, 2014

Details: Plenty of fuchsias and other plants available to purchase. Experts in attendance for any questions you may have. Demonstrations.
The Guide Hut, Park Road, Trowbridge Park, Trowbridge BA14 8AQ.
Refreshments available.

24th Jun - GROWING LARGE STRUCTURES, FANS AND PILLARS

Time & Date(s): All Day, Tue 24th Jun, 2014

Details: Chris Woolston from Oakham, Rutland. Chris has been growing large structures for many years, and is a national showman. Over the years he has won every major award throughout the country for his specimens. Not to be missed.
Refreshments and Raffle.
Non members most welcome.…

30th Sep - FUCHSIAS - ALL ASPECTS

Time & Date(s): All Day, Tue 30th Sep, 2014

Details: Nick Eggington from Other Fellow Fuchsia Nursery, Lydney.
They have in the last few years started a nursery for fuchsias and have a very comprehensive list of all kinds of fuchsias including some of the more unusual varieties. First visit to Wessex.
Refreshments and Raffle.
Non members most welcome.…


Recent News Announcements

22nd Jan - 45th ANNUAL SHOW by Jill Holloway

Saturday 26th July

Opens 1 pm - 4 pm

Irene Usher Memrorial Hall, Rusty Lane, Seend SN12 6NN

Plant Sales, Refreshments,Tombola.

Cultural advice.

Admission �1 (children under 16 free)

30+ classes of every type of fuchsias, singles, doubles, triphyllas, species, encliandras and bonsai. Grown as Standards, Baskets, Hanging Pots, Patio Containers and Novelty.

Not to be missed!!!

NEW MEMBERS - JOIN TODAY AND GET 18 months membership for price of 12!!

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