Historical paintings of orchids awarded by the North of England Orchid Society.

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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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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
The North of England Orchid Society Paintings

Historical orchid paintings
Historical orchid paintings
Historical orchid paintings
Historical orchid paintings
Historical orchid paintings


Many famous orchid names can be linked with our society:-

for example in 1912, at a joint meeting and show, the following awards were made for orchid group displays:-

Charlesworth & co.
The North of England Horticultural Society’s Silver-Gilt Medal

Mcbeans of Cooksbridge
The North of England Horticultural Society’s Silver-Gilt Medal

Cypher and Sons
The North of England Horticultural Society’s Large Silver Medal

A.J.Keeling and Sons
The North of England Horticultural Society’s Large Bronze Medal

mention was also made of:-
"A marvellous display of Phalaenopsis schilleriana and various Cattleyas " staged by Messrs Sander & Sons


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

The links at the bottom of this paragraph will take you to slide shows of several examples of these works of art.

Today, the society still awards First Class Certificates, Awards of Merit, and Cultural Commendations to worthy plants presented at our monthly shows for judging, To enter the art gallery slide shows please select the appropriate title.

Cattleya Paintings Cypripedium Paintings Odontoglossum Paintings

Please also note, that in deference to bygone times, we use the old word Cypripediums, not Paphiopedilums  as they are classified today.



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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....

themed object

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