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:

Results of Plant Show 2014

Click here for winning entries in the 2014 HOS Plant Show held during the Kidlington Meeting on 30th March.

HOS Meetings 2014

Spring Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
Sunday 30th March

Seed Sowing Workshop
East Hagbourne, Oxfordshire
Sunday 17th August
Contact Seed Bank Manager to book

Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 6th September

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 16th November

HOS Field Trips 2014

The programme of field trips and booking details are available on the Field Trips Page. Email links are available to facilitate direct contact with the relevant Field Trip Leader when making bookings or enquiries.

Existing Members' Standing Order

If you are already a HOS member and need to update your Standing Order mandate to take account of the 2014 rise in subscription rates please click here for instructions and a new form.

Research News

Recent research by HOS President Professor Richard Bateman was featured widely in international news stories following publication of his latest paper on 10th December in the open access on-line journal Peer J. The work on Butterfly Orchids in the Azores redefines the taxonomy of Platanthera species on the islands, discusses their origin and evolution, and draws attention to what may well be the rarest orchid species in Europe. HOS Members at the 2012 Spring Meeting were privileged to hear some of this story in advance of its formal publication. To read more CLICK HERE

New Publicity Leaflet

The HOS publicity leaflet has been updated and features Mike Gasson's photograph of the Hartslock hybrid between the Lady and Monkey Orchid. Click here to download the leaflet as a .pdf and contact our publicity officer Simon Tarrant to request copies to promote the society.

April 2014 JHOS

The latest issue of the Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society includes an article on French orchids in Aveyron. Also, the issue has reports from the 2013 field trips and features another pollination article from Jean Claessens & Jacques Kleynen, this time focussed on Limodorum and Epipactis. Click here to see the full contents.

Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study

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.

HOS Members' Photos in the BOC Photography Competition

HOS members took first and second places in the recent photographic competition organised by the British Orchid Council (BOC). First place was won by Tony Hughes with a photograph of the Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea) which also won a First in our own 2013 Photographic Competition. Second place went to Nigel Johnson's image of a Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) complete with its insect pollinator Argogorytes mystaceus. These images and some details of the photography can be viewed by clicking here.