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 2019

Autumn Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 17th November 2019
Booking Form & Details
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Spring Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 19th April 2020
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Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 5th September 2020
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Autumn Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 8th November 2020
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HOS Field Trips 2020

Details coming January 2020

Scientific Show
The next Scientific Show will take place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn meeting on 17th November 2019. CLICK HERE for more information.

NEW Video Competition
A new Video Competition has been added to the programme for the Northern Meetings at Leeds More details HERE.

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.

New Index for JHOS

To help locate articles in JHOS we have added both an author index and an subject index. These were started out by Richard Robinson and have now been completed by Colin Scrutton. Colin plans to update them annually.

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.

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.







Breaking News: Welsh Lady’s-tresses

Irish Lady’s-tresses Spiranthes romanzoffiana has been discovered in Wales at Borth Bog (Cors Fochno), which is part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve.  Never seen in Wales until now, Irish Lady’s-tresses, which is extremely rare in the British Isles, is known only from a few scattered sites in Scotland,  Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It is absent from Europe and has a so-called ‘amphi-Atlantic’ distribution, next popping up in America where it is widespread and relatively common in certain areas. 

Plant Show 2019

The 2019 HOS Plant Show was held during the Spring Meeting at Kidlington. Once again Barry Tattersall had a great day, winning all of the trophies and the Banksian Medal. Best in Show was Barry's plant of Ophrys cretensis (above). Full details of the event can be viewed via this link.

April 2019 JHOS Published

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover image (below) shows Ophrys attica from Peter Smith's article on the lives of Peloponnesian Ophrys species. This issue also includes another in Moira Tarrant’s innovative series reporting on the activities of some of our expert growers – this time with John Haggar in the spotlight. The full contents of the January JHOS as well as earlier issues can be viewed via this link.

Photographic Competition 2018

The annual HOS Photographic Competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Terry Swainbank for an image of Liparis loeselii taken at Kenfig (below). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages.

Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study

Click here for information about the ongoing HOS study of pollination and fruit set frequencies in Orchis mascula.