Summer 2023
Bio & Curriculum Fuchsiae
I'm available for talks and lectures. If you'd like a presentation for your garden show, plant society, or garden club, let me know. Most travel is within a reachable radius of The Fuchsietum, of course, But I'm open to offers from most anywhere. Fees and expenses as applicable. Comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you!
R. Theo Margelony
Fuchsia expert and garden blogger
In October 2019, R. Theo Margelony and his Fuchsias in the City transplanted from tiny urban garden of 1/94th acre in Manhattan to grow and blog anew at The Fuchsietum | A Garden in Portland. Theo likes to talk about fuchsias, the pleasures and challenges of starting a new garden in the Pacific NW, and how to grow and enjoy these diverse classics everywhere.

His essays on fuchsias have appeared in the quarterly Bulletin of the British Fuchsia Society, as well as the Bulletin of the Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France (SNHF), Section Fuchsia. He also contributes a quarterly article from his garden for the Northwest Fuchsia Society’s publication, The Fuchsia Flash. In September 2023, he will be a keynote dinner speaker for the British Fuchsia Society’s 80th Anniversary celebration and display at RHS Malvern, the UK’s second largest garden show after RHS Chelsea.

Before moving to the Pacific NW to pursue fuchsias, Theo was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where he long pursued heraldry, his other passion, in the Department of Medieval Art & The Cloisters. He contributed articles on
The Garden in Heraldry for The Cloisters Museum & Garden’s former blog, The Medieval Garden Enclosed.

The Fuchsia+Blog can be found at The with posts and essays on fuchsias and many other garden and plant related topics. Theo sits on the board of the Oregon Fuchsia Society and is currently its Vice-President.

Coming up! "Kew, Sir Joseph Banks, and George III's Sheep Stud, or, How the Fuchsia First Came to England". The British Fuchsia Society 85th Anniversary, RHS-Malvern Autumn Show, Malvern UK, Sept. 2023.

"From Fuchsias in the City to The Fuchsietum".
The HPSO Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 3, Summer 2023, pp. 22-24, illus.

Forkner, Lorene Edwards. Interviewed in "How to boost the ‘hardy’ factor of your hardy fuchsias in the PNW". Pacific NW Magazine,
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Wash. (2023, May 15).

Growing Hardy Fuchsias in the Pacific Northwest, Canby Garden Club, Pioneer Chapel, Canby, Ore. (2023, April 16).

Fuchsia Species. Fuchsia Symposium, Fuchsia Fanciers of Centralia, Fort Borst Park, Centralia, Wash. (2023, April 1).

Perennial Favorites: Hardy Fuchsias in the Garden. Garden 101: Not your Granny's Plants, Ranier Room. Northwest Flower and Garden Festival, Feb. 15-19, 2023. Seattle Convention Center (2023, Feb 16).


"PowellsWood During Fuchsia Season with Justin Henderson & R Theo Margelony". Event at PowellsWood, Federal Way, Wash. Northwest Horticultural Society, Sept. 2022.

Garden Time TV Interview. July 2020.