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 2017

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 19th November 2017
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Booking Form & Details
Photographic Competition Details
Science Show Details

HOS Meetings 2018

Southern Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
Sunday 15th April 2018
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Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 1st September 2018
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Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 18th November 2018
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Scientific Show
The next Scientific Show will take place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn meeting on 19th November 2017. CLICK HERE for more information.

NEW Video Competition
A new Video Competition was organised for the recent Northern Meeting at Leeds and another is planned for the next Leeds meeting on 1st September 2018. More details HERE.

HOS Field Trips 2018
The programme of field trips for 2018 will be added to the website after it is published in the January 2018 JHOS.

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 Note that it will not be updated and will become progressively out of date.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.







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 (above). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages.

October 2017 JHOS Published

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover image (above) features a Gymnadenia conopsea close-up showing the column and the two stigmatic lobes left and right of the spur entrance. It illustrates another interesting pollination article from Jean Claessens & Jacques Kleynen this time focussed on Gymnadenia conopsea and Neottia ovata. The latter is featured on the back cover of this issue (below). The full contents of the October JHOS can be viewed via this link.

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.