ABOUT US

We are thought to be the oldest fuchsia Group affiliated to the  British Fuchsia  Society.Founded in 1963
the Group celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013.  With monthly meetings, an annual show and talks and demonstrations our aim is to enthuse everyone about Fuchsias, which are immensely popular throughout the UK .

Our lively and friendly meetings are held on the  first  Wednesday of each month ( apart from Jan and Aug) at  Squires Garden Centre Epsom Road West Horsely Kt24 6ar 2.30.- 4.30 in the cafe annexe.We have talks and demonstrations from many authoritative speakers on a wide variety of Fuchsia and horticulture related subjects, as well as talks and cameo slots from our own members. New Members and Guests are always welcome.

The highlight of the year is undoubtedly our annual show. This year it will held at Squires Garden Centre, Epsom Road, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6AR. The show is on  Sat 21st/22nd July . It is run broadly under British Fuchsia Society (BFS) rules and judged by British Fuchsia Society accredited national judges.. Entrance is free,.we look forward to meeting you there!


OUR HISTORY

Dorking and  District Fuchsia Group


The tremendous desire  for information about the cultivation of Fuchsias voiced by so many  of the visitors  to the Fuchsia  garden of Miss Flower of Holmbury St Mary,when the garden  was first opened to the
Public 1962, convinced Mr John Burgess of Westcott  that a fuchsia group for this area  would meet a real need. He was so struck by the number and eagerness of those seeking knowledge, so appalled by the yearly losses by so many (such as withholding water in winter being fatal to all varieties).That he set to work there and then to found this Group.  A brief notice in the local press and letters to some of the previous open- garden visitors, involved those interested to a preliminary meeting at a house in Dorking. The enthusiasm left no doubt as to the popularityof the scheme and the questions and useful discussion made it imperative to get
going as soon as possible. By private correspondence and letter to the Press he publicized an initial meeting at St John’s Hall Westcott.- a talk by Mr Rawlins of  The British Fuchsia Society  and with a showing of coloured slides  of Fuchsias. This meeting was well attended despite the very foggy weather and twenty of the attendees showed their appreciation by joining the  group at the annual subcription of 2s6d.

( taken from the 1964 Newsletter)

The Group enjoyed many happy years meeting in the Dorking area which  has included holding  shows in various  venue such as Dorking Halls and contributing to Fuchsia displays at RHS Wisley. We have since moved on to meet  Squires garden centre West Horsley after meeting in Ashstead for some years  and the Group  name has changed and become Ashtead and Dorking Fuchsia Group, we have  retained Dorking in the name  as a  link to the groups historical origins..