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 2017
The programme of field trips for 2017 is available.

HOS Meetings 2017

Seed Sowing Workshop
Sunday 13th August 2017
Contact Seed Bank Manager

Booking Form & Details

Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 2nd September 2017

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 20th November 2016

Scientific Show

A new “Scientific Show” took place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn meeting on 20th November 2016. CLICK HERE for more information.


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 Note that it will not be updated and will become progressively out of date.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







April 2017 JHOS Published

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover features the hybrid between Orchis simia and Orchis punctulata (Orchis ×calliantha) photographed by Keith Fry. It was the "special prize" from his trip to Armenia and Georgia, which is reported in this issue. The hybrid theme is continued in an article by Stewart Taylor, describing only the third UK site for the hybrid between Pseudorchis albida and Dactylorhiza maculata. Also, Phil, Elinor & Adam Smith contribute an account of a local site where they found some interesting Dactylorhiza hybrids.The complete contents can be viewed via this link.

Photographic Show 2016

The annual HOS Photographic Competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Mike Waller for this image of Epipactis leptochila (below). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages and as a slide show.

Plant Show 2016

The latest HOS Plant Show was held during the Spring Meeting at Kidlington. Barry Tattersall had a great day, winning all of the trophies and the Banksian Medal. One of his first placed plants (Ophrys lutea) is shown below. Full details of the event can be viewed via this link.

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.

Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study

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

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.