Hardy Orchid Society  


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. Our activities include:


HOS Meetings 2020

Seed Sowing Workshop
Hagbourne, Oxfordshire
Due to Coronavirus the workshop has been cancelled
Sunday 23rd August 2020
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Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 5th September 2020
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Autumn Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 8th November 2020
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HOS Field Trips 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all field trips have been cancelled.

Scientific Show
The next Scientific Show will take place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn meeting on 8th November 2020. CLICK HERE for more information.

Video Competition
A new Video Competition has been added to the programme for the Northern Meetings at Leeds More details HERE.

HOS can accept membership subscription renewals and new member subscriptions via PayPal. Go to the "Join HOS" page to use PayPal.

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.

Index for JHOS

To help locate articles in JHOS we have added both an author index and an subject index. These were started out by Richard Robinson and have now been completed by Colin Scrutton. Colin plans to update them annually.

Pollination Videos

New pages have been added that feature pollination videos made by Jean Claessens. Jean and Jacques Kleynen are pollination experts who have contributed talks at HOS meetings and articles in JHOS. Recently, they published a comprehensive new book on the subject. Click here to read more and to access the videos and the JHOS articles as .pdf files. Also, there are more .pdf pollination articles from other recent contributors to JHOS.



Photographic Competition 2019

The annual HOS Photographic Competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Gillian Elsom for her print of Ophrys insectifera (below). Gillian also won the Best Projected Image with a photograph of Epipactis helleborine (above). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photographic Competition Pages.

Winter 2020 JHOS Published

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover image (above) shows Steve Pickersgill’s first-placed photograph of Caladenia harringtoniae from Class 5 in the HOS Photographic Competition 2019. This issue also includes a major article on South African orchid species from our Chairman, Colin Scrutton. The full contents of the Winter 2020 JHOS as well as earlier issues can be viewed via this link.

Plant Show 2019

The 2019 HOS Plant Show was held during the Spring Meeting at Kidlington. Once again Barry Tattersall had a great day, winning all of the trophies and the Banksian Medal. Best in Show was Barry's plant of Ophrys cretensis (above). Full details of the event can be viewed via this link.