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 2017
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.
HOS Field Trips 2017
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 Note that it will not be updated and will become progressively out of date.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.
Photographic Show 2016
The annual HOS Photographic Competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Mike Waller for this image of Epipactis leptochila (above). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages and as a slide show.
October 2016 JHOS Published
The latest issue of Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover features a photograph of the yellow form of Dactylorhiza sambucina photographed by Rosemary Webb. 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.
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.
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.