Show­case of colour

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Hor­ti­cul­tural Hall in Lower Hutt will be full of colour as the an­nual Fi­esta of Flow­ers takes place this week­end.

Tawa res­i­dent Frances Bur­rus, pres­i­dent of the Welling­ton Fuch­sia So­ci­ety, says the com­bined event show­cases the hard work of many of its 80 mem­bers, along with mem­bers of the Hutt Val­ley Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety and Welling­ton Be­go­nia Cir­cle. There are more than 400 va­ri­eties of fuch­sia, mean­ing the oc­ca­sion is ‘‘a mass of colour’’.

‘‘Last year was par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar and for us, it’s a great chance to pro­mote our club and ed­u­cate the pub­lic about our flow­ers – hope­fully we’ll get a few new mem­bers af­ter the week­end.’’

Ms Bur­rus has been a mem­ber of the so­ci­ety since 1990, with hus­band Doug, the cur­rent sec­re­tary.

Past weeks have been spent pre­par­ing their fuch­sias, with pre­ci­sion needed to en­sure they are ready at ex­actly the right time for the fi­esta. Their club will be run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the week­end among their mem­bers.

‘‘They flower for such a long time and there are so many dif- fer­ent types. A guy from In­ver­cargill re­cently im­ported more than 200 [va­ri­eties].’’

The pub­lic will have the chance to buy plants at the event.

So­ci­ety mem­bers will also be on hand to of­fer ad­vice about how to make the right cut­tings and other help­ful tips.

The show is on Satur­day from 11am till 4pm and Sun­day from 10am till 4pm. En­try costs $2.50 and chil­dren are free.

The Welling­ton Fuch­sia So­ci­ety meets the third Mon­day of the month, ex­cept De­cem­ber, in the Hor­ti­cul­tural Hall Li­brary from 7.30pm.

Flower fi­esta: Welling­ton Fuch­sia So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Frances Bur­rus, from Tawa, with some of the flow­ers she has care­fully cul­ti­vated and will likely be on dis­play at the up­com­ing Fi­esta of Flow­ers.

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