Hello fellow orchid enthusiast.
My name is Jeff Hutchings ad over the past 14 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.
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 and with written cultivation instructions to help the grower succeed.
To assist those interested in growing these fascinating orchids I have put information on this site and have published a number of booklets for specific groups or environmental situations. In addition I wrote a booklet “Growing Hardy Orchids in a Garden OR meadow”. Over 1000 copies have been sold and three additions printed. I am currently fuly updating it and hope to publish a much larger book by the autumn.
The web shop started some years ago as a simple list from which customers selected their orchids and sent in an order by letter. Now you can see that the site is full of information enabling customers to make informed choices when selecting orchids most suitable for growing in their gardens, pots or meadows.
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.
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 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, so I ask customers to be patient. You will get your plants in good condition at the right time of the year. This may be some time after your order is placed. On the web page for each plant, after the latin name there is a bracket in which is a time period. This is the time when plants can be sent out when dormant or semi-dormant. Most of the plants sent out to UK addresses are sent potted. All cypripediums are sent out in 2 ltr pots of a mix which has proved very reliable over the years.
I started sending out a regular newsletter some while ago which proved very successful. Unfortunately, the numbers sent out has triggered a number of servers to reject the emailed newsletter as spam. In future this newsletter will be published on this website.
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, Harrogate Flower Show and RHS Tatton 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 2014 list.
Over the years I have built up a show schedule that takes me to different parts of the country at least once a year. This includes the London Orchid Show, Harrogate Flower show, RHS Tatton and the International Orchid Show at Malvern. In addition I attend some orchid and AGS society shows. I also give talks to various organisations around the country. Look at the Events page for an updated list.
I am becoming increasingly involved with projects to reintroduce native orchids into meadows and larger areas of farmland. Please email me for an online copy of my booklet on introducing meadow orchids.
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Our range of Hardy Terrestrial Orchids Include:...
Anacamptis, Bletilla, Calanthe, Cypripedium, Dactylorhiza, Epipactis,
Ophrys, Orchis and Platanthera for the garden, cold greenhouse and meadow.
If you wish to buy Tropical Orchids for your greenhouse or conservatory,
then we recommend you visit
Burnham Nurseries Website.
A few Notes from Jeff:
2015 has seen a further increase in the interest in growing terrestrial hardy orchids in a variety of situations. One of the reasons, I suspect is the increase in the number of gardeners who have found native orchids suddenly flowering in their gardens. As I have explained to many it is not a sudden process, as it takes at least four years from germination to flowering. In many situations, these orchids have been found in pots of hostas, lilies and others that have been in pots for a long period. Having found one species they are keen to expand the number growing in different areas of the gardens.
Numerous people have decided to develop wildflower meadows or allow areas of their gardens to develop into natural meadows full of orchids and other wild flowers. Again, changes in how these meadows have been maintained has influenced te development of orchids.
One new customer near Harrogate stopped a local famer using his fields for grazing about six years ago and made all the meadows into hay meadows. Last year there were several thousand dactylorhiza fuchsii in flower. Working in conjunction with Natural England we have planted a further six species of orchid that have been found in the area.
The project at Lullingstone Castle will be completed this autumn with the remainder of the species being planted. Tom and his band of volunteers found it took a lot longer than epected to remove all of the scrub and prepare a poor sward which could accommadate the orchids. It is hoped to run a long weekend of courses for those interested in developing similar meadows. Full details will appear on both the Castle and Laneside websites later.
There have been a number of new introductions from growers during the past year or so. The range of calanthe have proved very successful with plants having anything between 3 and 10 flower spikes. They have made good plants for damp shady areas of the garden or in large pots again in the shade. Many people, including myself had given up growing them as the stock coming from Japan only had one growing bud which was taking several years to develop. New cypripediums appear each year often in rather small quantities but usually multibudded plants.
This autumn will see the availability of a large quantity of Dactylorhiza foliorella which has often been sold as the purple form of D foliosa. The original sowing has produced second year flowering specimens at least 50 cm tall. Also Epipactis gigantea Serpentine Night will be available in the autumn. This is the purple version that was found alongside a stream near San Francisco Bay Area and was cultivated by nurseryman Roger Raiche.
If you want to have a chat about growing these lovely orchids then give me a call in an evening.