Showcase of colour
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.