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.



Please note the next meeting is on the 27th October 10.00am - 1.00pm at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate HG3 1QB in the Wolfson Room. 




Speaker Dino Zelenika

Topic 'Orchids of Myanmar'


Please bring plants for the table display for the usual discussion hosted by one of our members.


There will be a break for tea and coffee.













Annual Show


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

Sunday 1st March 2020

 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 2018 weekend

this event is being held on the 3rd and 4th August 2019

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.


An orchid trader will be on site offering for sale unusual and exotic orchids.


Burnham Nurseries


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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 3rd & 4th of August 2019. 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 3rd August

11.00am 'An Introduction to Orchids' by John Gay


Sunday 4th August

11.00am 'The Fascinating Orchid' by Helen Millner


 2.00pm 'Growing Orchids In the Home' by Liz Groves









15Harrogate 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






26th Jan 2019



 Annual lunch at the Square & Compass, North Rigton, Leeds LS17 0DJ

 Please meet at 11.00am for plant discussion followed by lunch at 12.00noon.

 Menu details available from Sylvia Lawson on       0113 219 0544.

Please bring your plants for the table display.



24th Feb


Harrogate Orchid Society Annual Show            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.



24th March


Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.   HG3 1QB   

10.00am - 1.00pm in the Wolfson Room

Annual General Meeting

Plant auction for members only




28th April


Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.   HG3 1QB

10.00am - 1.00pm in the Wolfson Room.                       Speaker - Charles Ford

Topic 'Discovering some of Australia's Orchids'


Saturday and Sunday

25/26th May 2019

Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate.   HG3 1QB   

Children's Weekend

10.00am - 4.00pm 



26th May

Meeting at Harlow Carr, Harrogate HG3 1QB

10.00 - 1.00pm in the Wolfson Room

Speaker Mike Armstrong

Topic - A morming with Mike and the development of the iconic cattleya




23rd June 2019

Full Day Orchid Workshop in conjunction with the RHS Flower Show.

Members' plants will be on display and our members will be available to offer expert advice on a range of topics eg culture, windowsill culture, pests and diseases etc.  Potting demonstrations will be carried out at regular intervals throughout the day.



21st July 2019

Meeting at Harlow Carr,Harrogate HG3 1QB

10.00am-1.00pm in the Wolfson Room 

'Back to Basics' 


Saturday and Sunday




'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 three free talks during the weekend  open to the public and Society members- See Orchids for everyone weekend page for details of talks.


 15th Sept



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


Speaker John Gay

Topic 'A Peruvian Experience'



27th Oct


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

Speaker Dino Zelenika

Topic 'Orchids of Myanmar'


24th Nov


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

Speaker Helen Millner 

Topic to be arranged 

     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 24th


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


Sun 17th Mar East Midlands Orchid Show, Lowdham Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham. NG14 7BD.10.00am until 16.00pm 
Sun 24th Mar North East of England Orchid Show, Bowburn Community Cenre, Co Durham 11.00am-4.00pm
 Sat 6th    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

Sat 1st


North of England Orchid Society Show at Barton Village Hall, Barton, PR3 5AA

Fri-Sun 14th/16th


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 3rd/4th


'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 8th


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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Orchids are for everyone

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