All About Orchids

The North of England Orchid Society Website

we display at Many Large Shows!

Five consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Tatton Park

Here are a few of our award winning displays

We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy mounting them!.

All About Orchids - Advice on Orchids

How to grow and Look After them,Where to see Them


Growing & showing orchids since 1897.

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We may be the oldest orchid society in the World.


More about the Society - our shows

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An society for everyone with no orchids or 1000's


Why not join the Society.

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New Members Always Welcome.

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the North of England Orchid Society :-


If you live in the North West of England we will have an orchid show somewhere near you

Monthly shows dedicated to orchids with orchid nurseries bringing plants and sundries available to buy.

Become a member, you may only have one or two orchids, or a greenhouse full. Our members range from those who grow an orchid or two on a windowsill to collections of several thousand orchid plants.

If you like orchids, why not join us. Membership of the society costs £25.00 double, £20.00 single, or £7.50 junior. we accept credit cards cheque or PayPal to apply click the link below.

We are probably the oldest orchid society in the World, and all are welcome to join. Come along to one of our shows.

You do not have to be a member to come along to one of our monthly shows, obviously membership of an orchid society or club has its advantages, and we often find that new members have visited us once or twice before they join.

Memberships & Art Prints


Cultural Awards for Orchids

It was the practice of the society to have painted any orchids upon which our own awards were bestowed, and some 700 or so paintings still exist which date from around the turn of the century up to the second world war.

We presently show on this website some examples of them, prints of these are available to buy, visit the society shop

Today, the orchid society still awards First Class Diplomas, Awards of Merit, and Cultural Commendations to orchids presented at our monthly shows for judging.
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Our Origins

The Society formed in 1897, was originally known as the Manchester Orchid Society It was to become The North of England Orchid Society around 1973. Initially meetings would be held fortnightly in The Coal Exchange Manchester. when enthusiastic members from many parts of England would bring their orchids to be admired and judged.
Apart from the odd brief interlude during both World Wars, the Society has been meeting regularly since its inception.

On December 18th 1913 over 1000 orchid plants were displayed at such an event.

 Although these days unless it happens to be our annual show, you will not see quite so many orchids at our monthly shows, you will be surprised by their variety and quality.

Nowadays, meetings continue on a monthly basis, each one still a judged orchid show in its own right, with members competing on a friendly basis for annual challenge trophies covering some 20 or so classes, and sharing information and advice on orchids and culture.

We have regular talks on orchids where you can pick up tips on how to grow orchids which compliment our monthly shows, the orchid shows begin around 10.00am with plants for judging being entered on the benches by 11.00am., when our own team of British Orchid Council Accredited Judges will begin to judge the various classes and displays.

Points are awarded for First, Second, Third and Fourth places, and plants not placed in these positions may still be acknowledged with a reserve sticker. All the points are accumulated throughout the years, and trophies for the various classes are presented at our Annual General Meeting.

At our monthly shows, you can generally find an orchid trader or nursery, who will have an interesting variety of orchids you may not come across otherwise, and at reasonable prices.

We are often asked where can I buy orchids ?; well either from traders at one of our shows, or you can buy orchids by mail order from the orchid suppliers you will see advertising above on this page, we do know them all, and can highly recommend their services..

Our monthly orchid shows are a must for anyone who wants to see a fantastic display of orchids, or just lovers of plants, with displays, sales tables from visiting orchid nurseries, friendly help and advice always available, all are welcome, and the shows are normally free to attend, unless otherwise stated show times are from 10.00am to 3.00pm, plants must be registered and ready for judging at 11.00am

See one of our shows below as a video created by Gardening at Douentza from Wexford  Ireland.

The North of England Orchid Society is a registered charity
and is a not for profit organisation.