Suppliers of hardy and cool growing orchids within the UK and Europe; Members of the British Orchid Growers Association


How to Order



Ordering On Line

You can place an order on line using most major credit/debit cards via the secure payment interface.

You may also pre order goods, and then send payment by cheque, please note we only accept cheque payment in UK pounds drawn on a UK bank.

How to order....

Simply select the item you want insert the quantity and hit the "add to cart" button,  before continuing with your shopping, when you have finished you can choose your preferred method of payment during the check out procedure.


Ordering by Telephone

Make a note of the catalogue numbers of the items you want, and phone your order through, we can accept credit cards for telephone orders which are to be despatched, or will advise you of the cost if you wish to send us a cheque.


Ordering for collection at an Event or Our Nursery

Make a note of the catalogue numbers of the items you want, and either phone your order through, or EMAIL it to us, normally no payment will be required until the plants are collected.







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Welcome to Laneside Hardy Orchid Nursery...



Hello fellow orchid enthusiast.

My name is Jeff Hutchings and over the past 18 years I have run a nursery, initially selling alpines but by chance was introduced to hardy orchids in 2002. By 2006 I had specialised in terrestrial hardy orchids and changed the name to Laneside Hardy Orchids. Now I offer one of the largest selections of hardy orchids for sale in Europe. All plants are flowering size unless specifically identified.

Initially, information on growing the different genus was hard to find and much related to conditions far different than found in the UK. It was only by trial and many errors that I found the right conditions and compost for each of the genus I was trying to grow. With the information I have obtained over time I can now provide customers with quality plants, growing in suitable composts. By following the cultural information on this site under each of the genera pages purchasers should be able to successfully grow these wonderful plants.

In addition I wrote a book “Growing Hardy Orchids in a Garden or meadow”. Over 1000 copies have been sold and the fourth addition was published earlier this year that is double the original size.

The web shop started some years ago as a simple list from which customers selected their orchids and sent in an order by letter. This site provides the buyer with information to aid successful cultivation, a list of all the orchids we stock at different times of the year. Please note that if there is no price plants are currently not available.


Customers who are not happy using online payment systems can place an order online and then pay, either by sending a cheque or telephoning to pay by card. I am trying to phase out orders taken over the phone in order to have a record of all orders on the website.


As indicated elsewhere I send out a regular newsletter to all registered customers. This contains information on how the plants are growing at a particular time, how I am growing them and also news on new stock arriving. It is also the way I communicate any information relating to delivery of orders. This is especially important when weather is causing delivery problems. To encourage customers to subscribe for the newsletter a 5% discount is given after the first purchase. If you are reading this but not registered on the site why not take this opportunity to register and receive the newsletter.


 Now there is a Facebook page which you can read without registering with Facebook. As it is not possible to put photographs on the newsletter I put them on the facebook page along with a lot of useful information. There are now over 600 people following the Laneside Hardy Orchid page.


One of the problems with hardy orchid sales is that in many instances only a few legal plants are available from those nurseries who grow from seed each year. I do not buy in any orchids from dubious sources. I offer plants for sale on the web shop immediately I get confirmation of my order with the growers but do not send out plants until they are fully dormant. This is the same for me with the growers, I have to wait until plants are dormant before getting delivery.


From past experience, it is not sensible to send the plants out when conditions are not suitable both for delivery and in winter when it is not possible for the customer to plant out the plants. so I ask customers to be patient. You will get your plants in good condition at the right time of the year.. On the web page for each plant there is information on when plants can be sent out. Most of the plants sent out to UK addresses are sent potted. All cypripediums are sent out in 2 lt pots of a mix which has proved very reliable over the years. All plants are checked before dispatch and customers have 14 days to contact me if they have a problem with the plants. This is a change from previous years as I cannot be held responsible for the consequences of where plants are kept or how grown.


I am becoming increasingly involved with projects to reintroduce native orchids into meadows. There have been a number of successful introductions of species suitable for specific sites. Please email me for an online copy of my booklet on introducing meadow orchids.


Over the years I have built up a show schedule which includes some of the major shows in the country including the London Orchid Show and Harrogate Flower Show along with a number of shows organised by individual orchid societies and the Alpine Garden Society. The highlight is the Malvern International Orchid Show which is the largest orchid show in the United Kingdom. In addition I give talks to organisations around the country. Look at the Events page for the 2016 list. If you want plants taken to a particular event please order at least a week in advance.

A few Notes from Jeff:


The second combined RHS London Orchid and Spring Garden Show proved very successful for sales and introducing gardeners to the world of hardy orchids. The cold winter helped produce good flowering cypripediums and we managed to get our first ever Premier Gold at Harrogate Spring Show with a display of cypripediums and calanthe.

This year saw a further 20 different calanthe being offered and I understand that next year there should be a selection of specie calanthe which have not been available for some time.

There are only a limited number of additional cypripediums on offer for October 2018 delivery. There has been further discussion about suitable composts for use in the UK and many are now growing successfully using an inorganic mix.

I have recently put together a powerpoint presentation illustrating the way in which an orchid meadow in Cumbria has been expanded. This will be presented at the British Orchid Congress in November as part of the hardy orchid day. There were a large quantity of dactylorhiza in flower when I first visited in 2017 and during the early autumn we introduced mature tubers of a number of British native species that could be found in the area. A number of techniques were used to help provide the right environment for each of the species.

I am looking to increase the number of talks that I do so if you belong to a gardening club please tell your programme secretary to contact me.


"Please note we do NOT STOCK any indoor orchids at all. For quality indoor orchids and good advice contact Burnham Orchid Nursery".