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.

HOS Conservation Grant

We support the safeguarding of wild orchid populations and the preservation of wild habitats for the benefit of present and future generations. The Hardy Orchid Society Conservation Grants aim to encourage communities to incorporate orchid conservation work into their environmental initiatives by contributing a small sum to help protect and enhance wild orchids and their habitats. We plan to announce the award of one or more grants to a total value of up to £1,000 within four weeks of the funding round closing date, which for 2022 is July 31st. Further details about how to apply are available HERE.

 

Summer Plant Show 2022

For 2022 the Plant Show will be held during the Southern Meeting at Kidlington on Sunday 19th June 2022. This provides another opportunity to exhibit the summer-flowering orchids. Entry details can be found on the Plant Show page.

For many years the Spring Show has favoured the growers of spring-flowering, mainly winter-green, species. During 2021 we held an online show for the many members that grow orchids that flower in the summer months, allowing them to exhibit photographs of their plants. The first-placed entries can be viewed here and the complete results are available to members on the password protected pages (see JHOS).

 

HOS Meetings 2021-22

Northern Meeting, St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 3rd September 2022
Details & Booking Form
Contact Organiser

Southern Autumn Meeting, Kidlington
Sunday 20th November 2022

HOS Seed Sowing Workshop

Sunday 21st August 2022
Hagbourne Village Hall, East Hagbourne, OX11 9LR
Now fully booked
Contact Organiser

Field Trips 2022

One day outdoor walks are arranged during the native orchid season. The Society tries to hold these all over the country so that all members can take part if they wish.

The programme of field trips for 2022 is available HERE.


Kidlington Presentation

Members unable to join the Southern Autumn Meeting at Kidlington on 21st November can catch up on Richard Bateman's presentation by visiting the Members' Area of the website. A video recording of Richard's Zoom talk "How did the Leopard get its spots?" is available now. CLICK HERE TO LOG IN.

Virtual Meeting Contributions

With ongoing restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic it is possible that more vitual meetings will be needed. 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

 

Spring 2022 JHOS Published

jhos cover

This issue includes an article on the “Yellow” Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera var. ochroleuca) in Kent by David Johnson. The cover image of this orchid (above) was taken by Mike Chalk. There are also articles on the dreaded Dactylorhiza 'Black Death' disease and the full contents can be viewed here.

Photographic Competition 2021

The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Gillian Elsom with this digital image of Anacamptis morio.

Anacamptis morio

All of the winning images are available on the Photographic Competition web pages.