Keith’s fuchsia steals the show

Keith Robb and his fantastic fuchsia
Keith Robb and his fantastic fuchsia

There was no doubting the star of Grangemouth Horticultural Society’s annual show - you couldn’t miss it.

“It had to be about six-foot-tall,” said show manager Ruth Allan. “ It’s safe to say it was a good year for that fuchsia - it must be getting fed on something special, but growers never reveal their secret recipes.”

Anyone who attended the show in Grangemouth Town Hall last Saturday afternoon will still have the image of Keith Robb’s prize-winning 10-year-old Celia Smedley fuchsia burning brightly in their mind.

Keith’s pride and joy may have dominated proceedings - and the hall - but it was not the only stand out performer at this year’s show, the society’s main event of the year, which once again enjoyed a massive turn out of entries in a wide variety of different categories.

Ruth said: “There was a very high standard of entries yet again this year and while the number of chrysanthemum entries was affected by the poor weather conditions we had in the weeks running up to the show, the quality of what was on display was excellent.

“The dahilias were great and the pot plants - including fuchsias - were fantastic this year.”

Dedicated growers travelled from as far away as the Scottish Borders to compete with entries also from the likes of Kilwinning and Beith in North Ayrshire and Meigle in Perthshire.

“There was a strong local presence again,” added Ruth. “Grangemouth growers who enter the show every year enjoyed success once again and there were strong entries in the vegetable categories - which featured some massive leeks this year - and in the floral art section.”

The public flocked to the town hall too, despite other flower-related events happening elsewhere in the town at the same time.

Ruth said: “We had quite a fair turnout from the public again, but we would always welcome even more people to attend.”

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., people were able to walk around and view all the entries from various categories - if they could drag their eyes away from Keith’s fabulous fuchsia that is.

“I’ve been working with the show for four years now,” said Ruth.

“And I’ve never seen anything like it.”