Still growing and showing since 1897; 2018 marks our 121st Birthday, and we are looking to the future.

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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 History of the North of England Orchid Society Founded on St George's Day April 23rd 1897
originally as
The Manchester Orchid Society
it was to become
The North of England Orchid Society around 1973.
Vanda Green River  


Way back at the end of the 19th Century the Society meetings took place  fortnightly in The Coal Exchange Manchester.

Enthusiastic members from many parts of England would bring their plants to be admired and judged, this was then the only organisation in the UK not to mention the world, where orchid growers and enthusiasts could proudly display their plants, so much so that on December 18th 1913 over 1000 plants were displayed at one of our shows, and even today our large events will see orchids displayed in such numbers.

Apart from the odd brief interlude during both World Wars, the Society has been meeting regularly since its inception.

Nowadays, meetings continue on a monthly basis, each one still a judged show in its own right, with members competing on a friendly basis for annual challenge trophies covering some 20 classes.

 Our members come from all corners of the North of England, and our shows take place within a 30 mile radius of the City of Manchester.

1997 saw our centennial, and to celebrate the event a two day show and congress was organized at Southport Merseyside UK. in the April of that year.

This event was a milestone in Orchid History, as we celebrated the first 100 years of any Orchid Society, and was attended by orchidists from all over the World.

We have staged exhibits as a Society at the prestigious Southport Flower Show and in more recent years taken several silver gilt, gold and other medals at the RHS Show at Tatton Park Manchester, regularly taking the further trophy for the best display in the Tent.

To record our first Century, a book was produced as a record of the inception and progress of the society through the very interesting period of 1897 to 1997.

Membership of the society costs £20.00 double, £15.00 single, or £7.50 junior.

To joint our society please visit our membership page.

Members are entitled to enter plants for judging at monthly shows, and receive regular News-Sheets to keep them informed of our activities.



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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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