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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 a 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 Northwest, 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 was 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 Northwest to pursue his passion for fuchsias, Theo was at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where he long pursued heraldry, his other addiction, 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 Fuchsietum.com with posts and essays on fuchsias, as well many other garden and plant related topics that catch his attention. Theo sits on the board of the Oregon Fuchsia Society and is currently its President.
2024

In the Garden. On the Patio. The Versatile Fuchsia Does It All. Plant Academy Seminar Series, Portland Spring Home & Garden Show. February 21-25. Portland Expo Center, Portland OR, 25 February 2024.

n the Garden. On the Patio. The Versatile Fuchsia Does It All. Plant Academy Seminar Series, Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, Feb. 14-18, 2024. Seattle Convention Center 17 February 2024.
(
https://www.gardenshow.com/seminars/speakers)

Fuchsias in the City. Manhattan, New York. Fuchsia Fanciers of Centralia, Fort Borst Park, Centralia, Wash. 12 February 2024.

2023

2022-2023 Board Member and Vice-President, The Oregon Fuchsia Society.

"The Fuchsietum -A Year in the Life of a New Fuchsia Garden". The American Fuchsia Society's Annual General Meeting, Sebastopol, California. 14 October 2023.

"Hardy Fuchsias". Greater Portland Iris Society, Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City, Oregon. 3 October 2023.

"Kew, Sir Joseph Banks, and George III's Sheep Stud, or, How the Fuchsia First Came to Britain. The British Fuchsia Society 85th Anniversary Celebration, RHS-Malvern Autumn Show, Great Malvern UK, 22 & 24 September 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. 15 May 2023.
(
https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/how-to-boost-the-hardy-factor-of-your-hardy-fuchsias-in-the-pnw/)

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

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

Perennial Favorites: Hardy Fuchsias in the Garden. Garden 101: Not your Granny's Plants, Ranier Room. Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, Feb. 15-19, 2023. Seattle Convention Center 16 February 2023.
(
https://www.gardenshow.com/seminars/speakers)

2022

"PowellsWood During Fuchsia Season with Justin Henderson & R Theo Margelony". Event at PowellsWood, Federal Way, Wash. Northwest Horticultural Society, September 2022.
https://northwesthort.org/event/powellswood-during-fuchsia-season-with-justin-henderson-r-theo-margelony/

Garden Time TV Interview. July 2020.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBHQkSKKbV8.






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