Fuchias in the City
Fuchsia Societies & Groups around the Globe
Who else has this addiction and where can I get help?
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The first horticultural group specifically dedicated to the fuchsia was founded in California in 1929. The same year, in fact, that the first Oscar was given out at the first Academy Award ceremony. Like the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Fuchsia Society continues to this day.

The AFS meetings, though, are slightly lower keyed so you probably won’t find quite as many paparazzi on the fuchsia carpet as on the red. But only slightly. Trust me. The Parade of Fuchsias at a convention would make Meryl Streep weep dramatically with jealousy. And she’s good at that. She may have a couple of Oscars but she does NOT have an award for Best Fuchsia in Show.

Abut a decade later, the United Kingdom followed suit with the British Fuchsia Society in 1938. Since then, quite a number of fuchsia societies have popped up all over the world. This means that there’s probably help for you no matter in what corner of it you happen to have become addicted to fuchsias. Where there are a number of groups in a country, the major national societies are marked with two stars. Smaller local groups, mostly under the umbrella of these national societies, are marked with a single star to indicate that they have their own websites.

In these days of the internet, many specialized horticultural organizations are struggling for membership. Sadly, both the Swedish Fuchsia Society and the Australian Fuchsia Society have recently been forced to fold. So don’t shy away. Join one. Join several! Gardening, with fuchsias or otherwise, can’t be done in a vacuum. Nothing still beats the personal fellowship and the real treasures of experience and expertise of other gardeners who share your interest.

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Legend   ☆☆ = Greater national groups with websites    = Own website    = Email    = Facebook    = Defunct

Austria (Österreich)

Landesgruppen of the Österreichische Gartenbau-Gesellschaft

  • Burgenland
  • Steiermark
  • Oberösterreich
  • Steiermark – Fuchsienfreunde
  • Wien-Niederösterreich-Burgenland - Fuchsienfreunde
Belgium (Belgie / Belgique / Belgien)
Germany (Deutschland)

This is a large decentralized society that consists of number of local
 Fuchsien-Freundeskreise (Fuchsia Friends Circles). These are listed below.

  • Berlin
  • Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Bodensee
  • Chiemgau
  • Dortmund
  • Fuchsienfreunde Emsland
  • Fuchsienfreunde im Internet
  • Fuchsienfreunde in Südtirol
  • Grenzland
  • Göttingen-Kassel
  • Hamburg
  • HannoverHarz
  • Leonberg
  • Main-Kinzig
  • München
  • Münsterland
  • Niederbayern
  • Nürnberg und Umgebung
  • Ostfriesland
  • Rhein-Ruhr
  • Saar-Pfalz
  • Sachsen
  • Sauerland
  • Siegerland
  • Süd
  • Südbaden
  • Südhessen
  • Thüringen
  • Wemding
  • Westfalen Nord
  • Wuppertal
  • Zwischen Elbe und Wesermündung
International & the Internet
Netherlands (Nederland)
Branches of the Nederlandse Kring van Fuchsiavrienden

Legend   ☆☆ = Greater national groups with websites    = Own website    = Email    = Facebook    = Defunct

Norway (Norge)
Poland (Polska)
There are a number of societies affiliated with the British Fuchsia Society. Contact the BFS for a local society near you.
Sweden (Sverige)
  • Svenska Fuchsiasaellskapet
    Dissolved in December 2010.
Switzerland (Schweiz / Suisse /Svizzera / Svizra)

Legend   ☆☆ = Greater national groups with websites    = Own website    = Email    = Facebook    = Defunct

United Kingdom

There are many local societies affiliated with the British Fuchsia S.ociety Contact the BFS for a branch near you.

Legend   ☆☆ = Greater national groups with websites    = Own website    = Email    = Facebook    = Defunct

United States
American Fuchsia Society

Branches of the American Fuchsia Society

Northwest Fuchsia Society

Members of the Northwest Fuchsia Society

  • Eastside Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Fuchsia Fanciers (WA)
  • Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Lakebay Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • North Cascades Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • North Olympic Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Olympia Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Peninsula Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Pilchuk Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Puget Sound Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Puyallup Fuchsia Society (WA)
  • Sno-King Fuchsia Society (WA) Facebook
  • Tahoma Fuchsia Society (WA)

Affiliated Members of the Northwest Fuchsia Society

Other Societies in the United States
Defunct Groups
  • Australian Fuchsia Society. Dissolved in late 2012. [1]
  • Fuchsia Research International (UK). Defunct 2008. [2]
  • Fuchsia Species Conservation Alliance (UK). Defunct Jan 2013. [3]
  • National Fuchsia Society (US). Defunct. [4]
  • Svenska Fuchsiasaellskapet. (Sweden). Defunct Dec 2010. [5]
[1] Founded in 1970, the Australian Fuchsia Society sadly announced on its  website that, after forty-two years of service, "Unfortunately due to the bad health of many members and falling numbers of people attending monthly meetings, the AFS was disbanded in late 2012." The AFS's website continues to function for the moment, however, as an archive.

[2] FRI was sadly dissolved in December, 2008 but the website was left active until the middle of 2010. It now belongs to a Japanese internet dating service of all things! The National Collection of Fuchsia Species formerly under its care was moved from Margham Park to the
Arboretum de Chèvreloup at Versailles. There is, unfortunately, almost no information on the  Arboretum website on this important fuchsia species collection for visitors from the WWW. Some information seems to be located at  Maison des Fuchias, however.

[3] Dave Green, the founder of the Fuchsia Species Conservation Alliance (F.U.S.C.A.), died suddenly in January, 2013. As he was the seemingly single driving force behind this new group, it is now in abeyance, if not defunct. Its Facebook page, however, remains a muted testimonial to Dave's vision.

[4] The National Fuchsia Society is survived by a thriving branch, the South Coast Fuchsia Society, which meets and also maintains a fuchsia display garden at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Los Angeles.

[5] In early 2010, Euro-Fuchsia first reported on its members page that the SFS would apparently be dissolving itself in December of that year.
 Euro-Fuchsia. The SFS did, in fact, dissolve. Their website was still functioning until the beginning of 2012, to serve archival materials, but it's now down. It's a very sad loss and underscores the importance of joining and supporting a local or national plant society, especially in the age of the internet. Member Kenneth Nielssen's personal website Fuchsias from Stockholm also once supported the SFS. His site is no longer being updated but was still being maintained on the internet for archival purposes. As of January 2013, however, its pages are also no longer accessible.

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