Welcome to the Irish Orchid Society

The Irish Orchid Society is for all people interested in growing and expanding their knowledge of orchids, from near and far.

  • Upcoming Events

    • Monday October 3rd 2022 7.30pm Aleks Kucharczyk Growing orchids at homeAleksandra Kucharczyk will share with you some of her experiences of growing orchids at home.

  • IOS News

    • Dr. Andreas Hemp, from Bayreuth University, Germany discovered a previously unknown orchid species of the genus Rhipidoglossum in northeastern Tanzania. Dr. Phil Cribb from the […]

  • Monthly Musings

    • Many thanks to everyone who turned up on a wet and dreary evening for our meeting. The evening was a casual affair with lots of […]

  • Become a Member!

    • Monthly meetings at the Botanic Gardens where you will get expert advice on keeping your orchids alive and thriving!
    • Talks & workshops throughout the year from experienced growers
    • Our newsletter "Pollinia" delivered to your door
    • Field trips to discover native Irish orchids...yes orchids grow in Ireland!
    • Sale of special orchid composts
    • Monthly raffles and more

    Join the Irish Orchid Society

Wild Orchids in Ireland

Wondering what orchid is featured in the background?

This is a Hammarbya paludosa, commonly known as a bog orchid. It can be found in boglands near slow running streams. A small, inconspicuous orchid which can reach 15 cm in height but usually grows to between 4 and 8 cm. The flowers have a sweet, cucumber-like scent.

Orchid Resources

National Botanic Gardens   Burnham Nurseries Orchids   Orchid Wire   grossraeschener orchids