What a Show!
Despite or just maybe because of the weather it was our best attended show for years with two coaches of fuchsia friends from over the border in England.
Don't take my word for it, because I am truly biased, but this is what Peter Holloway, our judge and BFS President, had to say:


Every time I am invited to judge the Camborne Show, I know the quality of fuchsias in the show will be superb and this year was no exception.

As is the norm every year, exhibitors are never happy with the weather conditions, this year in particular has been very trying. We had a cold, dull and wet Spring which did not help the plants to make fresh growth and allow extra pinches to produce more flowers. This was followed by the very hot, sunny weather which meant flowers started to show earlier than anticipated and also trying to keep plants alive by shading and finding a cool area.

On arrival, we were welcomed by members of the society, and as soon as the hall was cleared of exhibitors my task began of judging the show. The two halls were ablaze with colour and a great variety of different fuchsias, grown as baskets, standards, shapes and different pot sizes. After an initial tour of the halls to take in the exhibits, my task began. The quality of fuchsias in each different class (over 50 in all) was a credit to all the exhibitors, sparkling with clean foliage and fresh flowers, laid out on the benches. Judging each class was a pleasure because of the quality on show and a lot of deliberation into the process. I managed to complete the task on time and received no adverse comments about my decisions during the afternoon. It was then time to relax, chat and enjoy the show as it opened to the public. After a steady start, by mid afternoon the halls were buzzing with plenty of visitors enjoying the fuchsias on display, culminating in an auction of plants members wished to be sold. A good way for visitors to get well grown fuchsias in flower for their own enjoyment.

If you love flowers and did not visit the show, you are certainly the loser. The society has a great deal to offer anyone interested in fuchsias; they are extremely friendly and always keen to help and encourage new members with their wealth of knowledge. They participate in other events in the region to promote the fuchsia in Cornwall and beyond. So why not come along to a future meeting and join them!!

See you at Portishead. 

Best regards