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. HOS is a valuable society for anyone with an interest in wild orchids and a must for orchid enthusiasts. Our activities include:

The website has useful infomation on the UK orchid flora with comprehensive photographic galleries and data pages on individual species. This resource can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

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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. HOS is a valuable society for anyone with an interest in wild orchids and a must for orchid enthusiasts. Our activities include:

The website has useful infomation on the UK orchid flora with comprehensive photographic galleries and data pages on individual species. This resource can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

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Conservation & Propagation

Many native orchid populations have been lost due to human activities. We are committed to the propagation and conservation of wild orchids. We work with Wildlife Trusts and other bodies to protect and enhance orchid populations. The Hardy Orchid Society is happy to advise on site management for the benefit of orchids in the wild.

Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society

Members receive a full colour quarterly journal with articles on a wide range of orchid topics that will interest experts and beginners.

Field Trips

Each season we organise a varied programme of visits to orchid sites around the UK.

Meetings & Competitions

We hold meetings at different locations with illustrated talks on a variety of orchid topics, orchid plant sales and both plant and photographic competitions. Our annual seed-sowing workshops are very popular with Members.

Hardy Orchid Society Online

As well as this website Members have access to a moderated Discussion Forum that provides opportunities for communication and information exchange on orchids.

 

Kidlington Autumn Meeting

Unfortunately the ongoing restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible to hold the next planned meeting at Kidlington on 8th November 2020. However, we will run an online event similar to 'Leeds Online 2020'. Alternative arrangements are already in place for the 2020 Photographic Competition and also we will hold the Informative Photographic Display (Scientific Show) as an online event. More information about 'Kidlington Online 2020' follow and can be accessed via THIS LINK.

Kidlington Online 2020

So far we have three contributions for 'Kidlington Online 2020' but more are needed. More details about what is involved and helpful resources for preparing a contribution can be found here.

Photographic Competition 2020

Extended Entry Deadline for Novice Classes

Publishers of the new Sean Cole & Mike Waller book have given HOS a complementary copy that we will use as a prize for the best image in the two novice classes (16 & 17). With this is mind the closing date for entries in these two classes has been extended until 17th October 2020. Entries for other classes are now closed. To be eligible for the novice classes you must not have been placed 1st in any class in previous years. Remember this year there is no time limit to when the photo was taken. Send entries to Neil Evans as in the original guidance but by 17th October. CLICK HERE for further detail.

HOS Meetings 2020

Restrictions due to the Coronavius pandemic have forced the cancellation of several previously planned events:

Seed Sowing Workshop,Hagbourne, Oxfordshire
Sunday 23rd August 2020

Northern Meeting, St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 5th September 2020

Southern Autumn Meeting, Kidlington
Sunday 8th November 2020

All Field Trips for 2020

Informative Photographic Display

The Scientific Show has been reformatted as an 'Informative Photographic Display', although cannot now take place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn Meeting. We have planned a digital substitute as part of 'Kidlington Online 2020' starting on 8th November 2020. For this year please enter the display as up to four A4 pages in a digital form (ideally landscape as pdf) by sending them by 3rd November 2020 to hosphc@hardyorchidsociety.org.

CLICK HERE for more information

Video Competition 2020

Voting in the online version of the Video Competition has closed now. There were three entries for this year’s event and the winning video was 'Dactylodenia Hybrids' by Alan Gendle. Congratulations to Alan and thanks to everyone who took part, viewed videos or voted in this year's competition. Video Competition details here.

Conservation & Propagation

Many native orchid populations have been lost due to human activities. We are committed to the propagation and conservation of wild orchids. We work with Wildlife Trusts and other bodies to protect and enhance orchid populations. The Hardy Orchid Society is happy to advise on site management for the benefit of orchids in the wild.

Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society

Members receive a full colour quarterly journal with articles on a wide range of orchid topics that will interest experts and beginners.

Field Trips

Each season we organise a varied programme of visits to orchid sites around the UK.

Meetings & Competitions

We hold meetings at different locations with illustrated talks on a variety of orchid topics, orchid plant sales and both plant and photographic competitions. Our annual seed-sowing workshops are very popular with Members.

Hardy Orchid Society Online

As well as this website Members have access to a moderated Discussion Forum that provides opportunities for communication and information exchange on orchids.

Autumn 2020 JHOS Published

Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover image by Bill Temple shows a pollinator on Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris). Steve Tandy describes a favourite reserve, Minera Quarry, and we have a Cumbrian Bog Orchid quest from our Chairman, her husband and video competition winner Alan Gendle. Rosemary Webb shares another memory, giving us an overseas adventure with the Lady’s-slipper Orchid in Switzerland. Not forgetting our cultivators, and continuing an overseas theme, Moira Tarrant has extended her talks to the USA and reports on interviews with Doug Martin, a well-known and very successful orchid grower and exhibitor.

New Orchid Book

A detailed look inside a forthcoming new orchid field guide was provided by the authors as part of the recent Leeds Online video event. As 'Britains Orchids' by HOS members Sean Cole and Mike Waller looks like a big step up in terms of UK orchid guides we have retained the video. The Leeds event video and a shorter version can be viewed via this link.

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.

Plant Show 2019

The HOS Plant Show is held during the Spring Meeting but waas unable to go ahead in 2020 due to Coronavirus restrictions. Back in 2019 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 this event and past plant shows can be viewed via this link.