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History

Ken and Stephanie were married in 1971 and moved to West Pine on a farm which was mainly potatoes with some stock animals as well. Stephanie's love for fuchsias gradually grew so greenhouses were built to help her foster her hobby. She gradually started to sell some of these plants as she expanded until she had over 1500 varieties. In 1999 they decided to retire from farming and focus on the fuchsias. Stephanie had an idea to also have a cafe and they sold the farm and purchased their current 5 acre property at Lillico. They quickly altered the site to suit their fuchsias including a quarantine area. They then built the large tea rooms which opened at the end of 2000 with their daughter Narelle opening it up as Fuchsia Fantasy Tea Rooms. The tea rooms had fuchsia tea for sale, iced fuchsia drinks and many more fuchsia gift lines. As Narelle's health continued to fail the decision to re-lease the tea rooms to new leasees had to be made. The fuchsia gift lines are now in the green houses and Stephanies love for fuchsias continues to grow.

Stephanie

Stephanie grew up in the Port Sorell area with her 7 siblings before marrying and moving to West Pine. She met Ken as a teenager through their youth group, they dated for a few years then married and she had 3 girls, Sheree, Karen and Narelle. They then fostered children having up to 8 at a time, some short term, some long term as well as David who they had since birth and is now their son. Stephanie's passion for fuchsias began when one of her sisters moved into a house with fuchsias in the garden. Her passion has taken her as far as the U.K and Europe on a fuchsia trip and her love for fuchsia lore is evident throughout her house. She has over 100 different mugs and cups and over 50 plates with fuchsias on them. Stephanie enjoys markets and searching for any fuchsia lore at all times. She also still loves working with kids and helps run the creche at their church (Hope Christian Church - Spreyton)

Ken

Ken grew up in South Riana on the family farm. He has one sister who is quite a bit younger than him and always knew he was going to be a farmer. Ken and Stephanie enjoyed running youth groups for quite a few years as their children grew up and in the earlier years Ken played Tennis. Since moving to Lillico Ken has taken up Table Tennis and is currently the President of the Devonport Table Tennis Association and has represented Tasmania a couple of times. He also is a rep for a couple of table tennis supplies companies. Ken also loves doing sudokus and you will often find him sitting up in the fuchsia houses doing one.