All About Orchids, and how to grow them....

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We hold a meeting and show every month around the areas of Cheshire, Greater Manchester Lancashire and Warrington. Usually there are a trader or two to buy orchids from, and lots of friendly help and advice on how to grow orchids.

If you like orchids come along and meet us, you can become a member of the society quite easily
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To see the latest news letter download a pdf copy here..

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Free Orchid shows.

Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.

New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.

See our orchid show page

Orchid Paintings

Orchid Paintings

historical paintings

 The above are just two images of the many Historical Paintings of Orchids awarded at our shows from the turn of the century through to the Second World War.

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British Orchid Congress 2020

Southport International Orchid show incorporating te 2020 BOC Congress will take place over the week end of May 30/31st 2020

For more information please visit this link

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The RHS Flower Show
Tatton Park

July 18th to 22nd 2018
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with  top quality approved orchid compost.

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The Society once again has taken a Gold Medal as in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.

2015 results
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here


You may think that orchids are just like any other plant, but they can get under your skin like no other flowers can, there are so many different types of orchid, with at least 30,000 species in the wild, and hundreds of thousands of hybrids  to tempt the lover of plants and flowers.

Most people used to think of an orchid as the boxed flower for mothers day, the cymbidium, but in recent times, more orchids can now be found on the shelves of the supermarkets and garden centres.

Sadly they are often mis-understood by many places where you can find an orchid to buy, whilst many are not difficult to grow, some require a little more attention as to where they are placed, but if looked after they will reward you with wonderful blooms year after year, orchids purchased from a specialist orchid nursery will generally do better once you get them home.

The pages of this site have many links to specialist orchid nurseries, some do mail order and many frequent our shows, take a look at one of our monthly shows on the video below.....

Gardening at Douentza from Wexford  Ireland.

Why not come along and see for yourself the amazing variety of orchids which can be purchased, there will be one or two just waiting to captivate you. and introduce you to a new passion.

Within the pages of this website there are links to shows, and orchid nurseries, so what are you waiting for, browse through our pages, or visit one of our shows to learn more about the fascinating world of orchids.

Where to Buy Orchids

See the advertisements of some of the UK Top orchid Nurseries, get information on shows, and everything in general...... here is a good place to start.

Orchids for the home, garden or greenhouse.

You do not need a large expensive greenhouse to grow orchids, many can be grown on a windowsill or in the conservatory, providing they are shaded from the full rays of the sun, and kept within their temperature range, follow the links below to get more information on orchids which can be grown in your home, perhaps the kitchen windowsill or conservatory.

How to care for orchids.

In our pages, we have hints tips and advice on growing some of the more popular orchids, take these quick links for advice on growing the following orchid varieties.

Cattleya Orchids,

Cymbidium Orchids, That's the classic Mothers Day Orchid or Wedding Corsage.
Phalaenopsis Orchids, Also known as the Moth Orchid, often found in Supermarkets.
Dendrobium Orchids, This classification also includes the "Singapore Orchid".
Miltonia Orchids, Sometimes called the Pansy Orchid.
Odontoglossum Orchids,  
Oncidium Orchids,  
Paphiopedilum Orchids Classic Slipper Orchid from the Old World.
Phragmipedium Orchids Slipper orchid from the New World.
Vanda Orchids. Lots of these to see in Singapore.

There are many more, and in addition we do have pages on General Orchid Culture

Orchid growing.

Where to buy orchids, whilst you can often find a nice orchid in a Supermarket, you will not find the range and quality of orchids which are available unless you buy from a specialist orchid nursery, many of whom attend out shows.

Within this website you will find help and advice on growing orchids, recommended books on orchids how to repot an orchid information on orchid shows, orchid nurseries and suppliers, addresses of most of the UK orchid societies, as well some orchid societies worldwide, and much more.

In fact all about caring for and growing orchids... here is a good place to start.

Oldest Orchid Society in the World?

We believe we are the oldest orchid society in the world, established in 1897 in Manchester England, and we were awarding cultural medals and certificates for orchids well before any other organisation, having such orchids painted for posterity and future reference. We now have an enviable collection of orchid paintings some of which you can see on  the website.

This practice continues today at the RHS.

The orchid society today.

Having survived through two world wars, we are still going strong, holding a meeting each month somewhere around the Greater Manchester Merseyside and Lancashire areas.

Generally our meetings a free to the public, but of course you have to be a member to place orchids on the benches for judging in the 23 classes of orchids you may see at any of our events, as well as classes for various types of orchids, there are classes for groups, all are judged to BOC ( British Orchid Council) standards by our own team of BOC accredited judges.

And we still make our own awards for superior orchid culture.

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The largest orchid show in the North West of England.

Each June, we hold our annual show, normally this is held in the wonderful location of the Tenant's Hall at Tatton Park, a stately home with extensive gardens and a fine deer herd roaming though the parkland.

At this event we are joined by several other orchid societies, and many orchid traders and nurseries also attend, where you can find orchids to suit every taste and wallet, orchids which you certainly won't find in the supermarkets, orchids for the home, conservatory, greenhouse, cool house and garden.

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One of our Gold Medal RHS Displays

For many years we created Gold Medal Winning Displays at the RHS Show Tatton Park....

Large Annual Orchid Show

Each year our Annual Show brings one of the largest orchid events to the North of England, Held in the Tenants Hall at Tatton Park....

World's Oldest Orchid Society?

Established in 1897, we have been giving awards to orchids since the turn of the Century, this is an image of one of the early orchid paintings, from which our badge is derived....

Catesatum pilateum

There are over 35000 species of orchid, here is one of the more unusual from the tropics, often seen at our monthly shows....

Laelia purpurata

This showy species makes a change from the usual Phalaenopsis Orchids found in the supermarkets; many specialist growers attend our shows....


Another species of orchid prized by the enthusiastic grower, these plants can be quite large, and are very showy...

Ophrys - The Bee Orchid

At each of our monthly shows, you will see (at the right time of the year) some fine specimens of terrestrial orchids from the temperate zones....

Dendrobium thrysiflorum

For sheer flower power you cannot beat some of the orchid species which may carry over a thousand blooms....

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