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 2015-2016

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 15th November 2015
Booking Form & Programme
Contact Organiser

Spring Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
Sunday 10th April 2016

Seed Sowing Workshop
Sunday 14th August 2016
Booking Form & Details
Contact Seed Bank Manager

Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 3th September 2016

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 20th November 2016


HOS can accept membership subscription renewals and new member subscriptions via PayPal. Go to the "Join HOS" page to use PayPal.

HOS Field Trips 2015

Field Trips are for Members Only. Accompanying spouses/partners must also be members; it only costs £3 to upgrade to family membership. You may be asked to show your membership card! Details of the 2016 field trip programme will be in the January 2016 JHOS and added to the website once the journal has been distributed to members.

Monday 4th May
Samphire Hoe, Kent

Leader: Alan Bousfield

Monday 25th May
Folkestone, Kent

Leader: Alan Bousfield

Wednesday 10th June
Down House & Downe Bank, Kent

Co-ordinator: Alan Bousfield

Friday 12th June
New Forest

Leader: David Hughes

Saturday 13th June

Leaders: Geraldine and Richard Hogg

Sunday 14th June:
Norfolk Broads

Co-ordinator: Mike Gasson

Monday 22nd June

Leader: Richard Mielcarek

Sunday 28th June
Eastern Perthshire

Co-ordinator: Dave Trudgill

Saturday 4th July
West Yorkshire

Leader: Charlie Philpotts

Tuesday 14th July

Leader: Alan Gendle

Photographic Show 2014

The photographic competition was held during the recent Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Alan Parfitt for the image above of Dactylorhiza maculata with Old Man of Hoy, Orkney. All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages.



October 2015 JHOS Published

The latest issue of Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover features Sue Parker's photograph (above) of Ophrys speculum, which is described in her article on the Algarve as a star wildlife tourist attraction. There is also Rosemary Webb's beautifully illustrated article on autumn in Crete for Spiranthes spiralis and an interesting description of pigment deficiencies in the Broad-leaved Helleborine from Richard Mielcarek. The complete contents can be viewed via this link.

HOS Photographic Competition 2015

Entry details for the competition at the Kidlington Meeting on November 15th 2015:

E-mail digital entries by 12th October 2015 to Neil Evans. If your file is too big to send via e-mail then use this file transfer site with Neil's e-mail address as provided in the July 2015 JHOS:

E-mail notification of entries for print classes to Steve Pickersgill by 2nd November 2015. For entrants who are unable to attend the meeting Steve will accept postal entries by the same date, with SAE if return of pictures is required. Please e-mail Steve for the address for postal entries. The Schedule of Classes and Rules have been amended and can be found on the Photo Show page.

HOS Competition Entry at BOC

The latest issue of The British Orchid Council (BOC) newsletter features David Pearce's photograph of Thelymitra nuda. It won Class 8 in the HOS Photographic Competition and was submitted by HOS as part of an entry for the 2014 BOC Competition, where it came second. The BOC newsletter can be viewed on their website.


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.

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.

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.