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 Field Trips 2018
The programme of field trips for 2019 will be added in January 2019

HOS Meetings 2019
Southern Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
Sunday 24th March 2019

Seed Sowing Workshop
East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire
Sunday 18th August 2019
Booking Form & Details
Contact Organiser

Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 7th September 2019

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 17th November 2019

Scientific Show
The next Scientific Show will take place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn meeting on 17th November 2019. CLICK HERE for more information.

NEW 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.

The New Website

This updated version of the HOS website is a work in progress and several areas have still to be given an overhaul. All material from the original site is integrated within this new site but some areas remain in their original style for now. If you wish to view the entire original site it is retained as an archive and can be accessed by clicking here. Note that it will not be updated and will become progressively out of date. The major next stages are to open a password protected members' area and to give a much needed facelift to the orchid photograph galleries. If you encounter problems with links, find typographical errors or wish to make suggestions. Please let the website manager know by clicking here.

New Publicity Leaflet

The HOS publicity leaflet has been updated Click here to download the leaflet as a .pdf and contact our publicity officer Simon Tarrant to request copies to promote the society.

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.







October 2018 JHOS Published

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover image (above) shows Peter Cowin’s photograph of Disa ferruginea from South Africa’s Table Mountain. This issue includes an interesting and authoritative overview of orchid systematics from our President Professor Richard Bateman. The full contents of the October JHOS and earlier issues can be viewed via this link.

Photographic Competition 2017

The annual HOS Photographic Competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Richard Hogg for an image of Epipactis purpurata (below). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages.

New 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.

Plant Show 2017

The latest 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. One of his first placed plants (Orchis simia) is shown below. Full details of the event can be viewed via this link.


Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study

Click here for information about the ongoing HOS study of pollination and fruit set frequencies in Orchis mascula.