Orchid Societies in the United Kingdom

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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.

Stop Press
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

Birmingham & Midland Orchid Society
Mrs V Francis 2 Barnes Close Walsall Wood West Midlands  WS9 9BD Tel. 01543 820679

Bournemouth Orchid Society
Mr Ken Griffiths Tally House Hawthorn Road South Bockhampton Christchurch Dorset  BH23 7AD Tel. 01425 672492 (home) 01202 308280 (work) 

Bristol & West of England Orchid Society
John Hale 'Vron' Bath Road Leonard Stanley Stonehouse Gloucs.  GL10 3LR Tel. 01453 822693

Cambridge Orchid Society
Mrs. Sue Johnson (Hon. Secretary) 'Le Touquet', Station Road, Elsenham, Bishop's Stortford, Herts CM22 6LG Tel. 01279 812704

Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan
Central Orchid Society
Mrs Hazel Percival 19 Beverley Close Penkridge Staffordshire  ST19 5SS Tel. 01785 715613

Cheltenham & District Orchid Society
Rod Wells 15 Lapwing Close Northway Tewkesbury Gloucs.  GL20 8TN Tel. 01684 294485

Cheshire & North Wales Orchid Society
Mr Iain Wright,The Windmill, Vennington, Westbury, Shrewsbury.  SY5 9RG Tel. 01743 884576

Chiltern Orchid Society
Lydia Cobb 'Concordia' 76 Dean Way Chalfont St Giles Bucks  HP8 4JT Tel. 01494 873671

Cotswold Orchid Society
W B Irvine Morven St Chloe Lane Amberley Stroud Gloucestershire  GL5 5AS Tel. 01453 872769

Cumbria Orchid Society
R J Burrow 6 Beck Road Belle Vue Carlisle Cumbria  CA2 7QL Tel. 01228 542145

Darlington & District Orchid Society
Contact via website click on link above.

Devon Orchid Society
Mrs Sue Lane Willand Post Office Willand Old Village Cullompton Devon  EX15 2RJ Tel. 01884 32430

East Midlands Orchid Society
A L Deakin Pomarium Cottage, Back Lane, Halam. Notts. NG22 8AG   Tel. 01636 819974

Eastbourne Orchid Society
Mr O B Sykes 8 Rattan Drive Eastbourne East Sussex BN20 9BJ

Essex Orchid Society
Contact email address

Harrogate Orchid Society
Malcolm White 6 Hospital Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 5EP Tel 01535 661616

Hinckley & District Orchid Society
Keith A Bates 79 Hereford Close Barwell Leicestershire  LE9 8HU Tel. 01455 845703

Lea Valley Orchid Society
Gillian Radley, 3 Burleigh Rd. Hertford. SG13 7HA.

Mid-Sussex Orchid Society
Dr Maria Firth 9 Harlands Close Haywards Heath West Sussex  RH16 1PS Tel. 01444 413626

Mid-Wales Orchid Society
Mrs Audrey Houghton Wern Fach Llandegley Llandrindod Wells Powys  LD1 5UH Wales Tel. 01597 851415 

North East of England Orchid Society
Mrs P McLean 3 Springfield Avenue Eighton Banks Gateshead Tyne & Wear  NE9 7HL Tel. 0191 487 9515

North of England Orchid Society
Contact George Barnes, 64, Green Meadows, Westhoughton, Bolton BL52BN Tel 01942 810958

North Hampshire Orchid Society
See Website for Contact details

Orchid Society of Great Britain
Mrs Val Micklewright& 103 North Road& Three Bridges& Crawley& West Sussex RH10 1SQ Tel. 01293 528615

Scottish Orchid Society
Alan F E Benson 164 Eskhill Penicuik Mid-Lothian  EH26 8DQ Scotland Tel. 01968 677075

Sheffield & District Orchid Society
Mrs Carolyn McQueen. 3 Milton Court, Swinton, Rotherham S64 8RE. Email

Solihull & District Orchid Society
Mrs Janet James 203 Station Road Wythall Birmingham  B47 6ET Tel. 01564 822897

Somerset, Wiltshire & Dorset Orchid Society
Peter Hunt 2 Peacemarsh Farm Close Gillingham Dorset  SP8 4XQ Tel. 01747 825685

Southern Counties Orchid Society
Ken Chippendale 6 Highdown Way Ferring Worthing West Sussex  BN12 6QQ

The South East Orchid Society
Mrs J Hooker 33 Albany Road Capel-Le-Ferne Folkestone Kent  CT18 7LA Tel. 01303 256637

South Wales Orchid Society
Peter Rees-Jones 28 New Road Gwauncaegurwen Ammanford West Glamorgan  SA18 1UN Tel. 01269 822251

South West Orchid Society
John Saunders 105 Wembdon Hill Bridgewater Somerset  TA6 7QB Tel. 01278 455170

Suffolk Orchid Society
Mrs Angela Exworth 3 Halfway Cottages Tuddenham Road Ipswich  IP4 3QH Tel. 01473 221108

Thames Valley Orchid Society
Christine Cook 1 Fontwell Drive Tilehurst Reading Berkshire  RG30 4QR Tel. 01189 580448

Wessex Orchid Society
Jonathan Watson 14 Park Crescent Midhurst West Sussex  GU29 9ED Tel. 01730 816145 

West Cornwall Orchid Society
Mrs Kit Lindsay St Martins Villa 13 Pendarves Road Camborne Cornwall  TR14 7QB Tel. 01209 717947

Worcestershire Orchid Society
Mrs Alison Caldwell 23 The Birches Stourport On Severn Worcestershire  DY13 9NW Tel. 01299 822373

British Paphiopedilum Society
Claudia Whales
Ratcliffe Orchids Pitcot Lane Owslebury Winchester Hampshire  SO21 1LR
Tel. 01962 777372 Fax 01962 777664

The Hardy Orchid Society
Moira Tarrant

The Pleurothallid Alliance - UK
Mrs Mary Smallman
10 Willoughby Close Hepringham Sleaford Lincolnshire  MG34 0RX
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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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