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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.





Saturday & Sunday Apr 21st & 22nd

Dublin Orchid Fair 2018
10am – 5pm, Admission free

The annual orchid fair organised by the National Botanic Gardens is to be held this weekend in the conservatory at the gardens in Glasnevin. This is the premier annual orchid event in Ireland with a large selection of species and hybrids for sale.

On Saturday the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid Committee will sit and judge plants in the Meeting Room at the rear of the Curvilinear Range. The Gallery in the Visitor Centre will hold an exhibition of paintings by Margareta Pertl and Deborah Lambkin along with some material from the archives in the National Botanic Gardens, Library. This is an exciting weekend for both orchid lovers and gardeners alike. There will be plenty to see and do so please come and enjoy.

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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