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The Irish Orchid Society was founded to help make orchids part of mainstream horticulture. Orchids are for everyone!


We want to dispel the myth that they are difficult plants. Some are but many are not.


We also want to educate in aspects of their science, evolution and conservation.





IOS Meeting on 5th March is postponed until Monday 12th March at 7.30pm (due to weather).


The Royal Horticultural Society's Awards Ceremony 2017

The Westonbirt Orchid Medal

Brendan SayersCongratulations to our orchid expert Brendan Sayers, on receiving the Westonbirt Orchid Medal for 2017.

The Westonbirt Orchid Medal is awarded to an individual for any scientific, literary, or any other outstanding personal achievement in connection with orchids.

The medal was provided from a fund presented in 1960 by Mr HG Alexander, in commemoration of the collection of orchids made at Westonbirt. The winner of this medal is selected by the RHS Orchid Committee. Recent recipients are Harold Koopowitz (2014), Richard Warren (2015) and Dr. Mark Clements (2016).

MedalBrendan has dedicated a lifetime to the study, cultivation and conservation of orchids, both Irish and tropical, and a worthy recipient of this award. He is the author of a number of books in collaboration with artist Susan Sex. In 2011, Brendan was the recipient of the H.H.Bloomer Award from the Linnean Society of London in recognition of the valuable contribution his books on Ireland's Wild Orchids have made to biological knowledge.

Orchid tour in Thailand

Next March enjoy a friendly group holiday with similar minded enthusiasts and discover: The orchids of Thailand
March 11th – 26th 2017
The tour is timed to coincide with the main flowering season of the wild orchids in Thailand and revolves around taking treks into the jungle to see the orchids in their natural wild habitat when many of them will be in flower. View more information

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