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.

 

New Summer Plant Show 2021

This year there will be an additional on-line 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 on-line show will offer an opportunity for the many members that grow orchids that flower in the summer months to exhibit photographs of their plants. Full details are available on the Plant Show page with classes and entry details.

Field Trips 2021

Plans for field trips were delayed due to the uncertainty about Covid risks. Whilst the future remains subject to change we have organised some field trips for 2021. Details are provided in the Spring 2021 issue of JHOS & can be accessed on the Field Trips webpage.

New Classes in Photographic Competition 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.

HOS Meetings 2021

Seed Sowing Workshop
Sunday 22nd August 2021
Details & Booking Form
Now fully booked for 2021
Contact Organiser

Northern Meeting, St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 4th September 2021

Southern Autumn Meeting, Kidlington
Sunday 21st November 2021

Virtual Meeting Contributions

With ongoing restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic it is likely that more vitual meetings will be needed. So far we have organised two such substitute events, 'Leeds Online 2020' and 'Kidlington Online 2020'. 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.

Spring 2021 JHOS Published

jhos cover spring 2021

The front cover (above) features Gillian Elsom's photograph of Lady’s-slipper Orchid and this relates to an historical account of the species in the 1930s by Paul Redshaw. Another of our rare species features in this JHOS with Rosie Webb's travelogue focussed on the Ghost Orchid in Switzerland. Cultivation and conservation are involved in an article from Svante Malmgren and Bill Temple describing their work with Himantoglossum metlesicsianum in Tenerife. The issue is rounded off with a review from Richard Bateman on a new Romanian orchid book.

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.