Welcome to the Hardy Orchid Society

We share an interest in the wild, native orchids of Britain and the rest of Europe, as well as those from similar temperate climates throughout the world. HOS is a valuable society for anyone with an interest in wild orchids and a must for orchid enthusiasts. Our activities include:

The website has useful infomation on the UK orchid flora with comprehensive photographic galleries and data pages on individual species. This resource can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

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Welcome to the Hardy Orchid Society

We share an interest in the wild, native orchids of Britain and the rest of Europe, as well as those from similar temperate climates throughout the world. HOS is a valuable society for anyone with an interest in wild orchids and a must for orchid enthusiasts. Our activities include:

The website has useful infomation on the UK orchid flora with comprehensive photographic galleries and data pages on individual species. This resource can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

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Conservation & Propagation

Many native orchid populations have been lost due to human activities. We are committed to the propagation and conservation of wild orchids. We work with Wildlife Trusts and other bodies to protect and enhance orchid populations. The Hardy Orchid Society is happy to advise on site management for the benefit of orchids in the wild.

Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society

Members receive a full colour quarterly journal with articles on a wide range of orchid topics that will interest experts and beginners.

Field Trips

Each season we organise a varied programme of visits to orchid sites around the UK.

Meetings & Competitions

We hold meetings at different locations with illustrated talks on a variety of orchid topics, orchid plant sales and both plant and photographic competitions. Our annual seed-sowing workshops are very popular with Members.

Hardy Orchid Society Online

As well as this website Members have access to a moderated Discussion Forum that provides opportunities for communication and information exchange on orchids.

 

Photographic Competition 2021

Digital Entries are to be emailed to Neil before 16th October 2021. If you are unable to take the prints to Kidlington then they will need to be posted to and received by Neil before 16th October 2021. Neil’s address is in the Journal.  If you wish the return of your prints then please enclose an SAE.  Neil will require a digital copy of the print emailed to him before 16th October 2021.

For the competition this year we are making changes to the entry classes. Print classes are condensed with all entries now 'up to A4'. In addition we have introduced new print and digital classes for cultivated plants in pots and in a garden setting. Full details can be found on the Photographic Competition page. With restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic we have removed the time limit for when a photograph was taken for the 2021 competition.

New Summer Plant Show 2021

This year there was an additional online HOS plant show representing the orchids that flower between March and July. For many years the Spring Show has favoured the growers of spring-flowering, mainly winter-green, species. This new online show offered an opportunity for the many members that grow orchids that flower in the summer months to exhibit photographs of their plants. The first-placed entries can be viewed here and the complete results are available to members on the password protected pages (see Summer 2021 JHOS) and will be added to the main Plant Show pages shortly.

 

 

HOS Meetings 2021-22

Southern Autumn Meeting, Kidlington
Sunday 21st November 2021
Details & Booking Form
Contact Organiser hosos@hardyorchidsociety.org

Southern Meeting, Kidlington
Sunday 5th June 2022

Northern Meeting, St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 3rd September 2022

Southern Autumn Meeting, Kidlington
Sunday 20th November 2022

Virtual Meeting Contributions

With ongoing restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic it is possible that more vitual meetings will be needed. To help with planning contributions for future events we have put together some useful guidance and resources. More details about what is involved and helpful resources for preparing contributions can be found here.

Informative Photographic Display

The Scientific Show has been reformatted as an 'Informative Photographic Display'. CLICK HERE for more information

 

Conservation & Propagation

Many native orchid populations have been lost due to human activities. We are committed to the propagation and conservation of wild orchids. We work with Wildlife Trusts and other bodies to protect and enhance orchid populations. The Hardy Orchid Society is happy to advise on site management for the benefit of orchids in the wild.

Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society

Members receive a full colour quarterly journal with articles on a wide range of orchid topics that will interest experts and beginners.

Field Trips

Each season we organise a varied programme of visits to orchid sites around the UK.

Meetings & Competitions

We hold meetings at different locations with illustrated talks on a variety of orchid topics, orchid plant sales and both plant and photographic competitions. Our annual seed-sowing workshops are very popular with Members.

Hardy Orchid Society Online

As well as this website Members have access to a moderated Discussion Forum that provides opportunities for communication and information exchange on orchids.

Summer 2021 JHOS Published

jhos cover

The front cover features a group of unusual Ghost Orchids in Estonia photographed by Rainar Kurbel. The pigmented form has been named Epipogium aphyllum forma rosea and this issue carries a detailed article on the Ghost Orchid in Rainar's home country. The complete contents list is available on the journal web pages.

Management of Roadside Verges for the Benefit of Orchids

In the UK, much of our unimproved grassland including lowland meadows and pasture has been lost and roadside verges now form nearly half of the remaining area. These include significant populations of orchids, including Pyramidal Orchids, Bee Orchids and both Northern and Southern Marsh-orchids. CLICK HERE for background information and advice on the management of roadside verges for the benefit of orchids. Specific advice on when to mow verges containing different species of orchids is also provided.

Photographic Competition 2020

Results from the Photographic Competition 2020 were previewed as part of 'Kidlington Online 2020'. As that event has ended results are are available now on the main Photographic Competition pages.

The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Hilary Pickersgill with this digital image of Ophrys apifera entered in Class 15.

Ophrys apifera

 

All of the winning images can be viewed on the Photographic Competition web pages.

New Orchid Book

A detailed look inside a forthcoming new orchid field guide was provided by the authors as part of the recent Leeds Online video event. As 'Britains Orchids' by HOS members Sean Cole and Mike Waller looks like a big step up in terms of UK orchid guides we have retained the video. The Leeds event video and a shorter version can be viewed via this link.