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                                          NOTTINGHAM AND NOTTS




BROWN Kenneth Passed away peacefully at home on 20th March 2019 aged 97 years. Beloved husband of Betty and loving father of sons Neville and Geoffrey and daughter in law Christine. Funeral service will be held on Thursday 4th April 11:45am at Bramcote Crematorium in the Serenity chapel. Family flowers only please. Donations for the British Heart Foundation may be sent care of A W Lymn, The Family Funeral Service Deer Park House, 359 Wollaton Road, Wollaton ,NG8 1FQ, 0115 928 4366      RIP


Ken Brown was a co-founder of our Society and will be missed by many.  He supported the society in so many ways over the years and was a true Ambassador of the society and of our Fuchsia. He was appointed Honorary Life Past President in recognition of his lifetime dedication to our Society.  In tribute to Ken’s life and for his contribution to the society, I have included an article Ken wrote some time ago detailing the History of our Society: -  

The Nottingham and Notts. Fuchsia Society 

In the early summer of 1971, several members of the British Fuchsia Society who lived locally met in one of George Roe’s greenhouses.  A discussion took place and it was thought it would be appropriate to have a local society.  To this end, George Roe who was a BFS committee member said he would contact the BFS secretary for a list of local BFS members.

These members were contacted and a meeting was held on August 24th 1971 at the Admiral Rodney public house at Wollaton.  Sixteen persons attended the meeting and a committee was formed.  George Roe was elected President, Pete Smith as Secretary and Frank Otter as Treasurer.  Meetings continued at the Rodney and Society rules were drawn up.  In November the Secretary resigned and Betty Watson was appointed Secretary and Ken Brown was appointed Show Secretary as it was decided to hold a show in 1972.

After a lot of hard work, the show was held in Messrs. Gregory’s rose gardens packing shed.  It was a huge success with several trade stands – George Roe’s 15 feet square at the entrance, Mr Wallwin of Retford with a 30 feet long stand of geraniums, Mr Hunt with cut dahlias, Mr Burkin with a stand of geraniums and house plants, the Wine Circle and our own stand of donated plants.  The members worked hard - on the Wednesday night before the show, they assembled with brushes and shovels to clean the sludge etc. off the floor and make it presentable.  On the Thursday night they collected the staging from the Dahlia Society, the Chrysanthemum Society and worst of all from Raleigh Social.  The Raleigh tables used to take six men to lift them onto the transport (which we hired from Messrs. Riley of Hucknall) and erected in the hall.  On Monday night the staging was returned to its different sources.

The first show was judged by Leo Boullemier and Alf Thornley who only charged their travelling expenses to help get the society on its feet.  We saw some wonderful plants (better plants than we see today), ‘Countess of Aberdeen’ from Ray Moore and Mr Bates of Birmingham.  Ron Venables, the king of the 3 ½ inch pots, Windram Bros. from Leicester with their baskets, members from Derby, Chapel St. Leonards and Sutton Coldfield supported through the early years.

When Raleigh and the Dahlia Society finished, we hired staging from Messrs. Crocker’s at Chellaston who delivered it to the hall and collected, that made it easy, but it was costly and the society was existing on less than a hundred pounds a year.

We changed our meeting place to the Crown public house on Western Boulevard for more room.  By the way, subs were only 5 shillings a year, twenty five pence in modern money.

After three or four years, we had the BFS Midland Show with us and thanks to Les Duce and family we got the basket stands which we have today, and he carried them on the Midland Red bus.  After a few years we lost the show hall and moved first into a smaller shed and then into one of the greenhouses.

In the meantime, we had changed our meeting venue to All Saints Church Hall, Ilkeston Road.  Then we moved to St Margaret’s Church Hall, Aspley Lane where we were told to leave as we broke the safety rules with having 180 people in the hall, so we moved to our present meeting place, Bluecoat School.  We moved the show there as well.

While all this was happening, the following served as Secretary - Geoff Smith, Muriel Buckley, Joe Leary, Gordon Thorley, Ken Brown, Peter Bovey, Patricia Dyson and Eileen Stevenson.  Treasurers were Geoff Smith, Christine Clements and Terry Hill, who was followed by our present Treasurer Alan Darkins.

In the early years Cyril Jackson was Chairman. He was followed by Joe Bragg who served for twenty years before becoming President. 

Ken Brown served as Show Secretary for 17 years, Shirley Williams for 4 or 5 years, Fred Wesson about the same and was followed by the present secretary Mick Leighton.

Terry Hill managed to secure the staging from Linby Miners Welfare when it closed and Fred Wesson made the trestles.

Over the years, assisted by the Rose Society, Geranium Society, Wine Circle, we put a display on in a marquee on Wollaton Park at the end of May, when we sold plants and cuttings given by the members to finance the society.  In later years we were part of the Nottingham City Show.  In the late 80s, we took part in a show at Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre hosted by a firm from Bristol and we had the best stand in the show.

I would like to put on record the help we got from the Editor of the Evening Post and Nancy Walters who used to write the ‘Gardening News’ in the Post.

Ken Brown






W/c 2 March

  • Following the strong winds which had rocked my greenhouses backwards and forwards, I assessed the damage to my fuchsias – a few stems were broken on my standards, but the main issue was losing plant labels and being left with plants that I cannot identify.
  • Potted up 3 Fuchsia ‘Cherry Lee’ cuttings; repotted Hebe ‘Midnight Sky’ and took approximately 12 cuttings.

W/c 9 March

  • As I intend to donate as many plants as I can this year, either to Nottingham & Notts FS Plant sales or to Derbyshire FS Plant Sales, I have taken plenty of cuttings of Fuchsia Magellanica.  It has a dainty light pink flower and very hardy.
  • I also ordered some plants from Jacksons and have already taken cuttings of some, i.e., ‘Our Nan’ and ‘Tia Clements’.
  • Began to tidy and even in some cases ‘pinched out’ some of my overwintered fuchsias.  I watered and gave a very light liquid feed.
  • Having reviewed my fuchsias, I am quite pleased with how many have survived the winter and that have healthy growth.  I am especially pleased that some of my favourites have survived, i.e., ‘Canny Bob’; ‘Lily Mae’; ‘Constance’; ‘Thelma Copestake’; ‘Scarlet Jester’; ‘Our Pam’; ‘Our Nan’; ‘Remembrance’.

W/c 16 March

  • More strong winds have played havoc with my mini greenhouses, so I am feeling quite frustrated at the moment, as I endeavour to make repairs to my greenhouses and yet again, nurse my damaged fuchsias!
  • Gave them another light feed and watered sparingly.
  • Rushed home from work to open greenhouses – I didn’t expect it to be quite so warm – honestly you just don’t know what the weather is going to throw at you next!
  • Took some more Fuchsia Magellanica cuttings and planted up in a used Mushroom tray with a clear plastic tray as a lid.

W/c 23 March

  • Started trimming my overwintered fuchsias and applied a  top dressing. I have worked my way through 4 mini greenhouses so far.




W/c 2 March

  • Moved 2 x terracotta pots to the back of my new small vegetable pot, in readiness to plant Runner beans later on in the year.
  • Planted seed potatoes ‘Charlotte’ in my 2 x potato barrels, 4 potatoes in each.
  • Potted up some hardy geraniums which I plan to donate to one of the plant sales we have planned for 2019.
  • What I like doing best is simply pottering about and today I did just that! I filled up the green wheelie bin with foliage mainly the invasive bulbs (white bells I think!) and dead Yucca leaves. I also made sure all birdfeeders were topped up.
  • I took cuttings of some of the plants I had grown from seed last year that are producing new shoots such as Linaria.
  • I also checked the seeds I had grown last month – sweet peas are doing well; onion seeds – not so well.

W/c 9 March

  • It was time to prune my Cornus to ensure a wonderful show of stem colour next year and my buddleia so that it remains compact and hopefully it will encourage new growth which in turn will attract butterflies in the Summer.
  • I realised that I had two Peonies either side of my new vegetable patch and these were beginning to grow.  They will be in the way so I have dug them up, divided them and will relocate at a later date.  I will also be able to donate one or two – so look out for them at one of our sales events!
  • I took some more cuttings of one of my favourite Hebes – (Hebe ‘Waikiki’).  The butterflies and bees also enjoy this one which flowers quite early on in the season.
  • I also made time to study my garden and noted how the Forsythia; Kerria Japonica; Ribes and the nodding daffodils all help to make the garden cheery and colourful at this time of year.

W/c 16 March

  • I sowed more grass seed for Dippy (resident cat) as well as Nasturtiums; Morning Glory; Hesperis.
  • Had to water again, particularly the ones in the greenhouses on the patio which get more direct sunlight so dry out much quicker than the others.
  • I cleaned a few cell trays so that they can be reused and have used plastic containers as mini propagators.
  • I am still finding plants growing in the vegetable patch, so dug up a couple of hardy geranium plants and 1 Aquilegia which I will donate to either society.
  • Potted up the Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ I bought at the last monthly meeting into a small black cauldron, as they did well in one of these last year.
  • I ensured all plants that I had dug up and potted on were clearly labelled in readiness for future plant sales.



JUDGES WORKSHOP/SEMINAR – 7th APRIL 2019 – 10.30a.m – 3.30p.m

1st workshop is to be held in the West Midlands – Fairfield Village Hall, Fairfield, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7LZ. It is open to Accredited Judges, National Stewards, Trainee Judges and anyone interested in becoming a Judge. 


If you are interested please can you let Arthur Phillips know by 30th March 2019 


If anyone wants any item included in the Newsletter, please let me know, either at a meeting, or phone me on Tel: 0115 8758928, or email:  I will gladly include any article or event in the Newsletter.   

Also, if anyone would rather I send them an electronic copy, please let me know. 

Remember: It is YOUR newsletter. 


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Derek purchased a new freezer through easyfundraising and earned the society £5.00                                                





30 Mch

Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society SPRING Show (100th YEAR) - held at the United Reformed Church, Midland Street, Long Eaton.  10.00a.m to 3.30p.m.  Staging – 7.15a.m – 8.45a.m                                ADMISSION FREE

7 Apr

Judges Workshop/Seminar – Fairfield Village Hall, Fairfield, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7LZ – 10.30a.m – 3.30p.m

23 Apr

Monthly Meeting: Trevor Strickland talking on ‘Fuchsias My Way’


11 May

Wollaton Park Community Centre Coffee Morning - volunteers needed to help man stall, but also welcome everyone to come and visit – Other stalls and refreshments available. Times to be confirmed


28 May

Monthly Meeting: Geoff Smith talking on ‘Fuchsia Standards’


9 June

Autokarna: - Plant sale – opportunity to talk to the public and promote our society and show - 9.00a.m start, to help set up gazebo.

25 June

Monthly Meeting: Dave Staines talking on ‘Begonias for Showing’