My name is Jeff Hutchings, and I have been involved in Horticulture
for many years, the Specialist Hardy Orchid Nursery is owned and run by me, and I thank you for
visiting us today.
The objectives of this site is to provide sufficient cultural information
on hardy orchids and hardy orchid flower photographs to make you interested in purchasing from the extensive range of hardy terrestrial orchids offered for sale by mail order, at the nursery or at one of the many events I attend each year.
I can provide a range of hardy orchids suitable for many different conditions. Most can be grown in the garden provided care is taken in choosing a position for planting or the pot.
There are a number of hardy orchid species and hybrids which are ideal in a cold greenhouse where they are protected from the rain.
My speciality is providing both orchid plants and advice on growing native
orchid species in a natural environment, including hardy orchids for wildflower meadows, woodland areas and reclamation sites.
I spend a large amount of the year attending shows and giving talks.
Please look at the event list and you are most welcome to attend any talks that I give in your area.
The event list will also detail the Open Days at the orchid nursery during the year when visitors are welcome to come and chat about the
hardy orchids we can supply.
Customers are now able to order hardy orchid plants by phone and make payment using debit or credit cards.
Orders from the European Union can be paid by Paypal.
Please note I do not supply certification so cannot sell outside Europe.
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:
As we move into 2012 the nursery offers an increased range of hardy orchids for the garden and cold greenhouse. This is very necessary as we are now selling to enthusiasts in 14 different European countries. Our range of cypripediums increases every season and many of the hybrids offered during the autumn have been multi-budded but are being sold at one price rather than a per bud price.
This increase in hybrids is through my links to a German nursery who collects cypripediums from a number of growers throughout Europe. Many of these plants have been grown for some years in relatively small pots. This means the roots are often circular around the pot but not particularly long but there are often a number of buds. A year in the ground or a large pot should see them develop into excellent plants.
I have obtained a few cypripedium seedlings that will be of interest to enthusiasts who are prepared to grow them on for a few years. They will include some of the Chinese spotted leaved types.
At the beginning of April I will receive a trolley of cypripedium from Holland comprising Pueblo, Parville, Regina White and Kentucky. 2011 was the first time these plants were offered and they were quite successful. Most had at least three flowering spikes. These will be offered at a very special price and can be pre-ordered through the web site.
The weather in the early part of 2011 meant that there were limited supplies of many of the British native species. Hopefully, the mild winter will enable growers to produce good sized tubers for sale next summer.
I have been involved in a number of big projects in 2011, reintroducing native orchids to a number of properties in different areas of the country. These projects are ongoing and I hope to upload photographs of some of the plants when they flower later in the year.
I have now over 150 large pots of show plants; including over 100 different cypripediums. These I hope to display at different events during the spring.
I have recently made contact with a major American nursery and hope to be able to buy plants from them in the near future.
At home I have planted out a number of cypripediums in pots and am preparing a new bed in the coldest part of the garden where I will grow a large collection of them. Next to this bed will be a bog garden with a number of orchids included in the planting. I already have calanthe and bletillas in large pots and a range of Mediterranean species in the alpine house. This collection enables me to experiment with different growing mediums and conditions. In this way I can give practical advice to customers.
The Enthusiasts Club in its original form has been suspended and in its place a free membership scheme for all those who register on the site and subscribe to receive the newsletter.
For those within driving distance of the nursery please note the dates for the Open Days in the spring.