Orchids in the United Kingdom






News, meetings, events, travel, photo gallery, publication, and membership information.  Founded in 1951.  London, England, United Kingdom.

Orchid Society of Great Britain

Hundreds of students are involved in innovative approaches to orchid conservation through enterprise and global cooperation.  The school has a micro-propagation laboratory and one of the UK's most extensive orchid collections in its greenhouse where the students grow many species from seed.  Writhlington, Radstock, United Kingdom.

Writhlington Orchid Project

The BOC is the UK orchid world's umbrella organisation, bringing together amateur and commercial growers and the scientific community in a single forum. Founded 1971. United Kingdom.

British Orchid Council

Meeting and activity info.  Photos.  Cultivation and propagation tips.  United Kingdom.

Hardy Orchid Society

Pleione and Cypripedium orchids grown and sold.  Maren Talbot.  Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

Heritage Orchids

Group of orchid enthusiasts on the south coast of England.  Membership, photo gallery, journal, and events information.  Founded in 1959, and one of the earliest (1992) web sites on the Internet.  Bournemouth,  United Kingdom.

Bournemouth Orchid Society

Mail order family business specializing in Pleione.  Telford, Shropshire,  United Kingdom.


With branches in Perth, Edinburgh, and Glasgow the SOS aims to promote interest in the culture and conservation of orchids.  Founded 1958.  Scotland, United Kingdom.

Scottish Orchid Society

Essences produced from a variety of orchids for beneficial effects on one's body and mind.  Orchid photo greetings cards are also offered.  Isle of Gigha, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Living Tree Orchid Essences

Clear air cone pots, potting mixes, sphagnum moss, nutrients, and more orchid growing supplies are available.   Keith Kent and family.  Established 1996.  Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

Orchid Supplies UK

Over 800 orchid species from Brazil, Papua New Guinea, and Africa available.  Trips.  Established in 1975.  Durham, United Kingdom.

Equatorial Plant Company

A blog for orchid fans, with news and features about orchids, past and present.  Pamela Kelt.  United Kingdom.


Society for those interested in all types of Slipper Orchids.   International members welcome.  Founded in 1990.  United Kingdom.

British Paphiopedilum Society

Cymbidiums, Phalaenopsis, Odontoglossums, and Zygopetalums offered.  Flasks.  Cultivation notes.  Established in 1879.  East Sussex, United Kingdom.

McBean's Orchids

Art gallery, orchid history, culture,  and events calendar.   Possibly the oldest orchid society in the world, founded in 1897.  Manchester, England, United Kingdom.

North of England Orchid Society

Information on a diverse range of horticultural topics.  Founded in 1804, the RHS has over 270,000 members.  Publishers of the

RHS - Royal Horticultural Society

Web-based forum discussing a diverse range of orchid topics.  Also features a chatroom and private messages between members.  Everyone welcome.  Rob Howe.  United Kingdom.

Orchid Forum - UK and Europe

The OSSSU is a Darwin Initiative project designed to establish orchid seed banking around the globe (with the current focus on Asia and South and Central America).  Based at the Seed Conservation Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst Place.

Orchid Seed Stores for Sustainable Use

Established at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in 2005 to provide a focus for orchids and their study within the Principality of Wales.  Llanarthne, Wales, United Kingdom.

Orchid Study Group

Orchid species, hybrids, and sundries offered.  Devon, England, United Kingdom.

Burnham Nurseries

Orchid collection open for public viewing.  Established in 1958 by the late Eric Young.  Victoria Village, Trinity,  Jersey, Channel Islands (British Crown dependencies).

Eric Young Orchid Foundation

Selection of hardy orchids, including Dactylorhiza, Epipactis, Orchis and Cypripedium available.  Jeff Hutchings.  Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Laneside Hardy Orchid Nursery

Meetings and show dates, photos, membership, and contact information.  Founded 1956.  Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom.

Central Orchid Society

Images and brief descriptions of a selection of European wild orchid species.  Habitas, National Museums Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Orchids of Europe and the Mediterranean