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. 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.



The next meeting will be held Sunday the 22nd July 2018 at RHS Gardens Harlow Carr Harrogate HG3 1QB 10.00am-1.00pm in the Wolfson Room.

This is a back to basics meeting. Members are encouraged to bring problem plants and ask cultural questions etc.

Tea and coffee will be available at the interval.

 We also need orchids for the usual table display.



Annual Show


Our annual show will be held at the Pavilions in Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8QZ to be held on

Sunday 24th February 2019

 opening times 10.00am to 4.00pm

There will be orchid plants for sale, orchid sundries and craft stalls.

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


for directions click on map

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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 2017 weekend

this event is being held on the 4th and 5th August 2018

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 Societys (RHS) most northerly garden over the weekend 4th and 5th August 2018, 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


As well as holding potting demonstrations and experts offering advice, 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 4th & 5th of August 2018. Please check the website at for more details and garden admission prices, or call 0845 612 265.

Potting demonstrations will be held at regular intervals on both days between 10.00am and 3.30pm- In the Sunley Room




Saturday 4th August

11am.- An Introduction to Orchids by John Gay


2.00pm Orchid Culture for beginners by Sarah Ritterhausen owner

            of Burnham Orchid Nursuries 

Sunday 5th August

11am.- Orchid hunting in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand by Bernard McDonald


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


Harrogate Orchid Society Meeting Dates and Show Dates

Details of Meetings and Show Dates given below

If you are a member of the RHS why not come to one of our meeting when visiting the Gardens.

For more information about the meetings please contact

Malcolm White Tel 01535 661616






27th Jan 2018



 Annual lunch at the Peashill Hotel, Rawdon

 Please meet at 11.30am for 12.00pm

 Menu details available from Sylvia Lawson on       0113 2190544.

Please bring your plants for the table display.



25th Feb


Harrogate Orchid Society Annual Show            NOTE NEW VENUE at The Pavilions of Harrogate. Great Yorkshire Showground, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.

(See Annual Show Page for further details).

Show open to the public 10.00am to 4.00pm.



25th March


Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.   HG3 1QB   

10.00am - 1.00pm in the Sunley Room

Annual General Meeting to be held commencing  at 10.15am followed by the plant auction - please note HOS members only


29th April


Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.   HG3 1QB

10.00am - 1.00pm in the Wolfson Room.                       Speaker, Louise Redgrave.

Topic The Native Orchids of two contrasting Regions of Spain.


20th May 2018

Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.   HG3 1QB   

10.00am - 1.00pm in the Wolfson Room

Speaker, Helen Milner.

Topic "Wardian cases"

Sat & Sun


May 2018

Children's Weekend  at Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB. 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Members orchid plants required for a display


24th June


This event has been cancelled.




Orchid workshop day which will be an all day event to be held in the Sunley Room, Bramall Learning Centre at Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate, HG3 1QB.

 10.00am - 4.00 pm

This event is open to the public.

There will be potting demonstrations and plant problem clinic plus lots of cultural advice from Harrogate Orchid Society members.

There will also be an orchid display by members.


In addition there will be two talks:

11am: 'How Orchids are different'


2pm: Discussion on windowcill culture- details to be confirmed.


Society members are asked to support this event and provde plants to mount a display.



22nd July 2018

Meeting at Harlow Carr,Harrogate HG3 1QB

10.00am-1.00pm in the Wolfson Room 

Topic Back to Basics

This is one of our most popular meetings of th year.


Saturday and Sunday

August 4th/5th


'Orchids for Everyone Weekend'

To be held in the Bramall Learning Centre, this is a joint event organised by the Harrogate Orchid Society and The Royal Horticultural Society. There will be talks and potting demontrations throughout the weekend.

This event is also being supported by the North of England Orchid Society and the Darlington and District Orchid Society, who will both be staging orchid displays.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 10.00am until 4.00pm. each day.

Harrogate Orchid Society members will be available each day to give advice on orchid culture.


Members please note there will not be a separate meeting this month.

There will be four free talks during the weekend  open to the public and Society members- See Orchids for everyone weekend page for details of talks.


30th Sept


Meeting in the Jubilee Room, Harlow Carr, Bramall Learning Centre, Harrogate,HG3 1QB. 10.00 am - 1.00 pm Speaker Mike Armstrong

Topic "A morning with Cattleya's"  


21st Oct


Meeting in the Wolfson Room, Harlow Carr, Bramall Learning Centre, Harrogate HG3 1QB. 10.00am - 1.00pm

Speaker John Gay

Subject Phragmipedium kovachii & its influence in Hybridizing'


18th Nov


 Meeting at Harlow Carr, Bramall Learning Centre, HG3 1QB. Harrogate 10.00am - 1.00pm to be held in the Wolfson Room.

Speakers Hilary Hobbs & Jean Barker 

Subject Two Cultured Ladies and their Orchids.

     No meetings in December


Annual Orchid Show





Shows Harrogate Orchid Society will be exhibiting at in 2018

Even if members are not attending a show it may be possible to arrange transport of plants so giving members a chance to exhibit and perhaps win one of the covetted rosettes. All shows are open to Society members.

If you wish to exhibit at any of these shows please contact Ivor Pawson Tel 01909 477832




Sun 25th


Harrogate Orchid Society Annual Show,at a new venue The Pavilions Harrogate located on the Great Yorkshire Show Ground HG2 8NZ.

10.30am-4.00pm  NOTE NEW VENUE

Sun 11th Mar East Midlands Orchid Show, Lowdham Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham. NG14 7BD.10.00am until 16.00pm 
Sun 18th Mar North east of England Orchid Show, Bowburn Community Cenre, Co Durham 11.00am-4.00pm
 Sat 14th    Apr

 Hinckley & district Orchid Society Annual Show

Stoke Golding Liberal Club.

42 Hinckley Road 

Stoke Golding

Nuneaton CV13 6DZ


Sheffield and Distict Orchid Society, 

No Annual Show

Sun 3rd


North of England Orchid Society Show at Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6QN

Fri-Sun 15th-17th


Three Counties Agricultural Show Malvern. As last year this event hosts the International Orchid Show which replaced the one at Peterborough. WR13 6NW

Harrogate Orchid society will be exhibiting! Details later.

Sat/Sun 4th/5th


'Orchids for Everyone' weekend organised jointly by the Harrogate Orchid Society and the Royal Horticultural Society. There will also be the North of England and North East of England Orchid Society putting on displays. The exhibition will be held at the RHS gardens Harlow Carr Harrogate. HG3 1UE

On Saturday the RHS Orchid Committee will be attending this event and you are invited to put your plants up for judging to the Committee.

Sun 2nd


Durham City Orchid Show 2nd September.

Darlington & District Orchid Society show.


Show location Josephine Butler College Durham

Postcode DH1 3DF





Location of shows will be given in the newsletter




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