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Fuchsias in focus at floral fest

PUBLISHED: 14:41 20 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

ONE of the summer's most beautiful and much-loved flower attracted thousands of its admirers to a floral festival at Felixstowe over the weekend.

Visitors came from as far as Holland, Germany and America, and all over Britain, to enjoy the two-day event devoted to the fuchsia.

ONE of the summer's most beautiful and much-loved flower attracted thousands of its admirers to a floral festival at Felixstowe over the weekend.

Visitors came from as far as Holland, Germany and America, and all over Britain, to enjoy the two-day event devoted to the fuchsia.

The elegant flower is a favourite "hobby plant" among gardeners, many of whom give over their entire plot and greenhouse to the plants.

It has 10,000 different varieties and around 1,000 of these could be seen at the Felixstowe Fuchsia Festival.

Everywhere, in halls and corridors, classrooms, stages and stairwells, there were blooming fuchsias in shades of red, pink and purple – and not just live plants, but paintings, embroidery, pottery and many other crafts featuring the flowers, as this was the place for the fuchsia devotee.

Felixstowe and District Fuchsia Society, which organised the 23rd annual event at Orwell High School, Maidstone Road, was delighted with the way it went.

Society secretary Heather Carpenter said: "We are very pleased indeed. It has been very well attended and some people have travelled a long way, even from abroad, to be here this weekend.

"There have been lots of favourable comments and people seem to have really enjoyed it."

The festival, which was opened by Radio Suffolk presenter Rachel Sloane, also featured a members' show, advice surgeries with experts on hand to give information and help, trade stands, plant sales and growing demonstrations.

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

WEBLINKS: www.thefuchsia.co.uk

British Fuchsia Society – www.thebfs.org.uk

Fuchsia Research International – www.FuchsiaResInt.org

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