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 Meetings 2016

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 20th November 2016
Programme & Booking Form
Contact Organiser

Spring Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
Sunday 26th March 2017
Contact Organiser

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

Scientific Show

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

Entry details for
Photographic Competition 2016

Email digital entries by 17th October 2016 to Neil Evans. To send large files use one of the free transfer services such as WeTransfer or DropBox.
Email the Photo Competition Organiser Steve Pickersgill if you would like instructions for using WeTransfer.  Send notification of entries for print classes to Steve Pickersgill by 7th November 2016 . For entrants who are unable to attend the meeting Steve will accept postal entries by the same date, SAE if return of pictures is required.  Please email Steve for the address for postal entries.

NOTE the Schedule of Classes and Rules have been amended and can be found in the new handbook and on the website Photographic Competition page.

HOS Field Trips 2017
The programme of field trips for 2017 will added to the website in January and will be published in the January 2017 issue of JHOS.


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.







July 2016 JHOS Published

The latest issue of Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover features a photograph of Neotinea tridentata subsp. tridentata (above) by Sue Parker. The complete contents can be viewed via this link.

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.

Photographic Show 2015

The photographic competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Ivar Edvinsen for an image of Himantoglossum comperianum (below). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages or go direct to a slide show.

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.