Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thursday Treasures - Bee Keesey Fuchsia


Bee Keesey Fuchsia
Originally uploaded by fuchsiajp

 The treasure I am sharing today is the beautiful Fuchsia named "Bee Keesey" (Pennisi, USA 1972). This fuchsia was developed and named in honor of my grandmother, Beatrice Cook Keesey.

Beatrice Cook Keesey (1902-1992) was a great granddaughter of John Brown, the abolitionist. She was very active in the American Fuchsia Society (AFS) and the local Santa Clara Valley Branch from 1960 through the late 1980s. Her dedication to these intriguing  flowers was legendary in the Santa Clara Valley. She taught seminars about growing, pruning, and  propagating the hundreds of varieties of these graceful flowers. She was an accredited fuchsia judge in great demand throughout the state of California. Her own small garden was filled with 400 + varieties of fuchsias, as well as begonias, African violets and roses. She served as President of the AFS in the 1980s and was influential in organizing the first annual AFS convention.

Description of the Bee Keesey Fuchsia -- Double. Tube white, thick, short sepals white with green tips, long, standing straight out. Corolla wisteria-blue with white veriegations, large, full, box type. Growth, trailer with weights, easily trained as a weeping standard. Source: Find That Fuchsia website

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2 comments:

Madalyn Drago said...

I remember your grandmother very well. She was a great inspiration to myself and my husband when we first joined the American Fuchsia Society and since she started the Fuchsia Conventions, we have attended almost all of them. In fact I organized the one in 2004 in the Bay Area. I also was President of the AFS for 3 years. I'm glad to see her memory is kept alive.
Madalyn Drago Pacifica, CA

Alice Keesey Mecoy said...

Madalyn,

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your very kind words. Grandma was indeed a special lady.