Welcome to The Harrogate Orchid Society

We hope you enjoy your visit....


Join the Society

Enjoy our monthly meetings.

We are a friendly society who offer a big welcome to new members.

The membership subscripton is £18.00 per year and covers a single or double membership for a couple living at the same address. We meet ten times a year at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Harlow Carr Harrogate in the modern facilites of the Bramall Learning Centre the remainder of the meetings are held Beckwithshaw Village Hall. One meeting consists of a field trip to see orchids growing in the wild.There is no meeting in December and we hold our  annual lunch in January.

See list of monthly meetings for further details.


Take this link to our application form.



Details of our next meeting


To be held on the 30th October at Harlow Carr Gardens Harrogate in the Wolfson Room 10.00am-1.00pm


Please note this is a change of venue which was advertised as Beckwithshaw Village Hall.


Topics, Oncidium varicosum breeding and an additional talk developments in Sarcochilus breeding.


We are fortunate to have as our speaker this month Scott Barrie who is co-owner of Barrita Orchids a commericial orchid nursery in Australia.The nursery specialises in breeding and raising Cymbidiums, Oncidinae and Sarcochilus. 


There will also be the usual break for refreshments and the raffle  please bring your plants for the table display.











Annual Show


Our annual show will be held at the Britannia Airport Hotel Bramhope Leeds situated on the A660 Leeds to Otley Road post code LS16 9JJ. Show to be held on

Sunday 26th February 2017

 opening times 10.30am to 4.00pm

There will be orchid plants and orchid sundries for sale.

Details will be posted on the web site later in the year

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Orchids for everyone weekend

Organised by The Harrogate Orchid Society

in conjunction with the RHS Harlow Carr Garden 


Due to the tremendous success of the 2015 weekend

this event is being held on the 6th and 7th August 2016

opening times 10.00am-4.00pm

Once again there will be visiting Orchid Societies and plants for sale

To be held at the Royal Horticultural Gardens, Harlow Carr, Harrogate


 A range of beautiful orchids will be displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) most northerly garden over the weekend 6th and 7th August 2015, allowing visitors the chance to see a large range of varieties all under one roof.


 RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate will host the weekend, where members of the Harrogate Orchid Society and visiting societies will be showcasing their prized specimens; and will include varieties not found in garden centres or shops. The Harrogate Orchid Society will also be running a number of potting demonstrations throughout the weekend  and offering expert advice to help beginners get started with growing these elegant plants.


Two orchid traders will be on site offering for sale unusual and exotic orchids.


Burnham Orchid Nursery from Devon

Phoenix Orchid Nursery from Halifax

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           Stanhopea connate x paniamensis                                 Cattleya 'Pastoral Innocence'

           Photographs supplied by Harrogate Orchid Society



     Hilary Hobbs, Chair of the Harrogate Orchid Society, says: "It’s not often you get an opportunity to see such a large range of  orchids together; with so many plants in one display it’s sure to be an amazing sight.” 

   “As well as holding potting demonstrations and offering expert information, we’ll also be helping with ‘problem’ plants, and visitors are welcome to bring along their orchids for inspection and advice.”

   The Orchid for everone weekend will be held in the Bramall Learning Centre between 10am – 4pm on the 6th & 7th of August 2016. Please check the website at www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr for more details and garden admission prices, or call 0845 612 265.

Times for potting demonstrations - In the Sunley Room 

Saturday 11am






Sunday     11am






Saturday 6th August

11am.- An Introduction to Orchids by John Gay

Sunday 7th August

11am.- How are Orchids Different by Bernard McDonald


2.00pm.-Growing Orchids on a Windowsill by Liz Groves



Orchids are for everyone

Information about the Harrogate Orchid Society




Thank you for visiting our web site. Perhaps you have just bought your first orchid or have been given one as a present, you may have a few on your window or you may be an experienced grower with a number of years experience. What ever your interest in orchids this society will be pleased to welcome you. Why not come to one or two of our meeting, you do not need to join the society initially to do this.




 What are the benefits of joining the Harrogate Orchid Society? 


The annual subscription of £18.00 includes single or double membership for a couple living at one address.

You will be meeting people with an interest even a passion for growing orchids


There will be many different orchids to see.  u.2.Highland-Hill-test-backgrou.jpg


Advice will be available on how to care for your plant’s and dealing with pests and diseases.


We have visiting speakers. 


Two plant forums are held each year and include demonstrations on how and when to repot orchids.


Included in your subscription is free use of our extensive library which contains over one hundred titles ranging from books suitable for orchid growers just starting in the hobby and others who specialise in one or two genera. 

The society also attends and exhibits at about eight orchid shows a year. At the shows there is an;opportunity to buy orchid plants potting composts etc.

This web site includes a list of the meetings for the year, all you need to do is to come to either the Bramall Learning Centre situated in the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Harlow Carr Harrogate, access is through the green gate near the Learning Centre follow the path to the building and the meeting is held on the first floor, or come to one of our meetings at Beckwithshaw Village Hall. See the list of meetings for venue location. We look forward to seeing you.                                      


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All photos are pictures of members plants.

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Orchids are for everyone

There are over 30,000 species and more than 200,000 hybrid orchids.

Grow your orchids in a conservatory?

Stanhopeas are quite happy growing in a conservatory with a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Centigrade

Join our Society

See many different kinds of orchids and learn how to care for them it is not as difficult as it looks.

Cool growing

This modern hybrid is typical of the type of orchids, which can be bought in garden centres and are suitable for growing on window sills and in a conservatory.

Phalaenopsis, everyones favourite.

The ideal window sill orchid


Would you like to learn how to flower these beautiful orchids?

Orchid Shows.

Harrogate orchid Society takes part in eight major orchid shows each year all members can take part if they wish.

Exotic Mysterious or Wierd.

Masdevallias & Draculas grow in the cool mountain region of Central & S.America.

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For everyone with one orchid or a thousand!
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