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Fuchsia lovers to flock to Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 13:32 16 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

FUCHSIA-lovers from all over the world will flock to Felixstowe this weekend for an event which has just grown and grown in popularity.

Few flower shows and displays devote themselves to just one plant - but elegant fuschias comes in an amazing variety of colour and shape, so captures the admiration of many.

FUCHSIA-lovers from all over the world will flock to Felixstowe this weekend for an event which has just grown and grown in popularity.

Few flower shows and displays devote themselves to just one plant – but elegant fuschias comes in an amazing variety of colour and shape, so captures the admiration of many.

Probably only the chrysanthemum and dahlia could also warrant a show of their own – the two other main "hobby plants" of the floral world.

The Felixstowe Fuchsia Festival, now in its 23rd year, is expected to feature more than 1,000 of the 10,000 varieties of the plant.

The two-day event at Orwell High School, Maidstone Road, regularly attracts thousands of visitors, including some from abroad.

Organised by the Felixstowe and District Fuchsia Society, the show will be bursting with flowers in school classrooms, halls, stairwells and corridors.

And in the spirit of all-things-fuchsia, there will be experts on hand to give information and help at advice surgeries about the plants, trade stands, plant sales, competitions, and growing demonstrations.

There will also be a chance to see the permanent hardy fuchsia beds – part of the national collection of plants and flowers –in the school grounds.

The festival will be on from 10.30am to 7pm on Saturday and will be officially opened at noon by Radio Suffolk's Rachel Sloane, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is £1.

Weblinks: www.thefuchsia.co.uk

British Fuchsia Society – www.thebfs.org.uk

Fuchsia Research International – www.FuchsiaResInt.org

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