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 Field Trips 2016
The programme of field trips for 2016 is now available on the Field Trips page. CLICK HERE for details and email links to the organisers.
Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Spring Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
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 Note that it will not be updated and will become progressively out of date.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.
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.
April 2016 JHOS Published
The latest issue of Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover features a close-up photograph of Spiranthes spiralis (above) by our former Chairman Tony Hughes. The issue includes another major article on orchid pollination by Jean Claessens and Jacques Kleynen, this time focused on Goodyera and Spiranthes. The complete contents can be viewed via this link.
The plant conservation charity Plant Heritage works with its members to safeguard the rich diversity of cultivated plants across the UK, through different projects such as the Plant Guardian Scheme, National Plant Collection® scheme and Threatened Plants Projects. They are holding a Summer Garden Party with president, TV presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh on June 14th at Loseley Park in Surrey that might interest some HPS members. More details on their website 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
Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study
Click here for information about the ongoing HOS study of pollination and fruit set frequencies in Orchis mascula.