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The fuchsia

Eddie Mair | 17:18 UK time, Thursday, 10 December 2009


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  • 1. At 5:47pm on 10 Dec 2009, newlach wrote:

    It is sad to read that younger people are not interested in growing plants, but I do not suppose they ever were terribly interested. Children can learn a lot from plants and they should be encouraged to grow them. There are many beautiful varieties of fuchsia that can add lovely colour to any garden. I hope things work out fine for the disappointed Sheffield gardeners.

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  • 2. At 7:01pm on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    The fuchsia is not bright for this society (sorry, couldn't resist!) though I detect more interest in gardening these days than, say, ten years ago, partly through the 'grow your own' trend. However, plants like fuchsias were always something of a specialist area and, I suspect, even members of the fuchsias societies, when not trading cuttings, were busy ordering from specialist nurseries.

    I'm very sad for this society, of course, but I wouldn't yet draw the conclusions that they have - Oh, and perhaps we should also remember that specialist gardening, other than by people living off unearned income, is a relatively recent thing anyway ...

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  • 3. At 8:16pm on 10 Dec 2009, Kylie McKenna wrote:

    Specialist gardening societies are all feeling the pressure of remaining relevant and accessible to new and younger members. But, in an era where more people that ever are interested and trying gardening we have an opportunity to revolutionalise the role which specialist societies play in sharing their vast knowledge, passion and experience.
    The way we consume 'gardening' has changed dramatically, and I am convinced the model of a monthly meeting at a scout club is no longer 'fit for purpose' we need our specialist societes to evolve and understand how younger gardeners learn and gain confidence. (Head of Horticultural Relations, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS))

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  • 4. At 9:23pm on 10 Dec 2009, john baker wrote:

    Come on all you fuchsia and chrysanthemum lovers-lets move into the 21 century. Gardening is thriving out there, dust off your clay pots and hormone powder number 3 and come join us down on the veg plot. Organic vegetable growing, fruit and herbs cultivation are providing an increasing army of dedicated amateur gardeners growing satisfaction , the economic well being of feeding one self & family plus the fresh air, excercise and therapy of tending for plants. What more could you need to pick you up in a society in gloomy recession. Stop mauldling in the past, box up your fuchsias and get the veg seed out- come join us in the 21 century!
    Gardening has moved on and the fuchsia is bright out there
    John Baker Horticulture Lecturer West Yorkshire

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  • 5. At 11:10am on 11 Dec 2009, mittfh wrote:

    A lot depends on where in the country you live...

    Near where I used to live, there's Fuschiasvale Nurseries (no prizes for guessing their speciality), and in a village near to town there's a popular independent garden centre that each spring fills half a multispan greenhouse with oodles of varieties of baby fuschias (the other half occupied by various other baby bedding plants) - both "bush" and "trailing" types. And above the racks they'll have various hanging baskets (usually the green plastic bucket type) filled with a fuschia mix.

    So the future of the fuschia may not be as blighted as some may think.

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  • 6. At 1:29pm on 11 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Kylie McKenna (3) I believe you are absolutely right - it isn't a lack of interest, but a need for a new 'model' that will fit in with modern lifestyles. I cannot believe that the proliferation of specialist nurseries is the result of a decline of interest!

    John Baker (4) It's great that more and more people are returning to the 'grow your own' model, though I would hate to think that there is no room for the more decorative side of gardening.

    As an aside, I also think that any diminution of interest (if there be any) in plants like fuchsias may be the result of gardeners moving more towards perennial planting, though of course there are many who prefer container gardening. There are, as gardeners know, hardy fuchsias to be had which fit well into borders, and to judge from the range of tender fuchsias that I've seen in the nurseries and garden centres, these remain a very popular pot plant.

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