The Journal started life in July 1996 as a quarterly Newsletter consisting of a number of duplicated A4 sheets. After seven issues the format was changed to an A5 booklet, and in January 2001 a full-colour centrefold was added. In October 2003 the format was again improved to permit full colour printing and the name was changed to “Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society (JHOS)” from the January 2004 issue. Throughout this time the Journal has informed the membership of all the recent news and planned events of the Society. JHOS publishes diverse articles (mainly written by HOS Members) covering an enormous range of relevant topics. A complete listing of the Contents of all Newsletters and Journals is maintained here. When journals are four years old they are made generally available as pdf which can be downloaded from within the archive listing.

We maintain an index to article subjects and authors kindly compiled and updated annually by Colin Scrutton, a former Chairman of HOS.

Author Index

Subject Index

Some general advice for prospective authors is available HERE but the editor is always ready and available to discuss potential contributions to JHOS.

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We welcome adverts in JHOS. Contact the editor for help and to arrange an advert. Current advertsing rates are:

Half Page Single Issue - £25
Half Page Four Issues - £75
Full Page Single Issue - £50
Full Page Four Issues - £150
Quarter Page Single Issue - £12.50
Quarter Page Four Issues - £37.50



Current Issue

JHOS Autumn 2023

The Autumn 2023 issue of JHOS has the second instalment of Clare and Johan Herman's visit to the Vercors with more of Johan’s excellent photography, including the above image of Neotinea ×dietrichiana and its parents N. tridentata and N. ustulata. Dave and Jean Trudgill provide a comprehensive account of the creation and maintenance of their orchid meadow in eastern Scotland. Richard and Geraldine Hogg describe a newly discovered Narrow-lipped Helleborine in Bedfordshire.

The complete contents can be accessed here


Browse past issues with the following links:
Newsletters 1996 to 2003
JHOS 2004 to 2015
JHOS 2016 to 2020
JHOS 2021 to 2023

Use date links to go direct to a specific year


The Journal Distributor holds a stock of most back issues that can be ordered at the following rates.  To buy copies at the members’ rate, members must quote their membership number.

Newsletter: Members - £2.50 per issue or £2.00 each for 4 or more issues. Non-members - £3.75 per issue or £3.00 each for 4 or more issues.
JHOS: Members - £1.00 per issue. Non-members - £3.50 per issue.

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