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Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd
Bailiffs Cottage Nursery
Hophurst Lane
Crawley Down
RH10 4LN

Mobile: (+44)7961350053
24 hour office: 01293 561029

opening hours: 9 - 5 closed fridays

Open Days

The nursery is open by appointment Monday to Thursday. there are also several open weekends each year with discounts and free refreshments. Visits from societies are welcomed and the nursery can cater for both lunches and teas.


Beginners Orchids

We provide a range of Orchids suited for beginners which are easy to care for. We also provide advice on plant care and sell a range of sundries to help you care for your plant.


Dear Orchid Society Members and Friends

Open days – amendment: We will be open on 22/23 Feb  pop in for a browse and a cuppa

Open Weekend  Sat 14th & Sun 15th March 

Following the howling weather, on Sat 15 & Sun 16th Feb, a big thank-you to all our intrepid friends who managed to get to the nursery  – it was as usual, lovely to see you all and it certainly cheered the boss up! Trust you all had a safe journey home.

For those unable to make it, Laurence will also be around weekend Feb 22/23, all very welcome. Open as usual 10.00 – 5.00 but please let us know if you are still en-route by 4 pm on both days. Also get in touch if you wish to come along on any other days.

tel: 07961350053

Our March Open Weekend will go ahead as planned

Best regards to all, Laurence, Sandra and Heth


Plant Lists Update – New Paphs just in – Call Laurence direct (07961 350053). 


Open Weekends in 2020 at Laurence Hobbs Orchids -ideal for gifts!

Pop in open days: Feb 22/23

Next Open Weekend: March 14/15

See more details below. Open from 10.00 – 5.00

 Lots of spectacular flowers,  Bright, Beautiful Colours 

Come along and see – Mail order also available 

We welcome visitors on other days by appointment only. Please call Laurence on 07961 350053 to arrange a convenient time and for all enquiries.


2nd Leasingham Show update:

Lincolnshire Orchid Show Donates more than £700 to Air Ambulance

Orchid enthusiasts and plant lovers gathered at Leasingham Village Hall on October 5th and raised a fantastic £739.50, which was presented to the Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance service.

The 2nd Lincolnshire Orchid Show, hosted by Laurence Hobbs Orchids, attracted 210 visitors who were treated to stunning flower displays, along with a magnificent selection of plants from multiple RHS Gold Medal Winners Craig House Cacti

Not to forget the delicious homemade cakes, fine food fare and other treats which were also available to keep all the helpers and visitors sustained throughout the day!

East Midlands Orchid Society were awarded the Best Species and Best Hybrid in show with fabulous displays also from the Hinckley & District Orchid Society and the North East Orchid Society. The Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance were also represented.

“We couldn’t have run this show without the wonderful support from our friends and colleagues in the orchid and plant world and from the local community,” said Laurence Hobbs, who along with business partner Sandra Holland co-owns the Sussex-based orchid business.

“With so many to thank for their efforts, from manning the displays, the kitchen and doors, we would like to mention especially, Tony and Liz, Geoff, Margaret, Don and Mary, Keith and Yvonne for mustering all the hard-working volunteers as well as pitching in themselves. Also to Stan and Vicky from Craig House; Stuart and Fiona from the North East Society; and to Paul for his help with the hall and announcements. A wonderful day enjoyed by all.”

The Donation for the Air Ambulance Charity was raised through entrance tickets, tombola and from food and drinks. Along with the £448 raised at the inaugural event last year, donations to the charity so far have exceeded £1180.

The next Lincolnshire Show will be held on Sat Oct 3rd 2020.

For any further information contact Laurence on 07961 350053


Come and see our wide selection of Orchids  – for perfect gifts !

Lots of colourful flowering plants available for sale – come and browse!

For further information on plant availability, sundries or advice, please ring Laurence direct on 07961 350053

Now celebrating over 30 years as a nursery, Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd has been established in Sussex since 1987. Managing Director, Laurence Hobbs, gained an honours degree in plant biology and worked for several years at Stonehurst Orchid Nursery before setting up his own business as an orchid grower .

Visiting the nursery

Visitors are welcome but this must be by prior arrangement, except on our Open Weekends or Sales days when we are open from 10.00am  – 5.00pm (listed below and at bottom of this page). For all other visits please ring in advance: 07961 350053 to arrange a convenient date and time to drop by (normally on Monday – Thursdays between 9.00 – 5.00). Alternatively email with an approximate date to visit and (essential) please also leave a telephone contact number.

Drop in on our Open Weekends for a chat, advice, see our beautiful range of orchids and enjoy a cuppa.

Family & friends welcome – we are also dog/pet friendly, (please call if your pet is timid, horse-size or likely to cause mayhem and we will accommodate as best we can!)

Our next open weekend in 2020 will be on Sat 14th & Sun 15th March – Teas, Coffes & Cakes with your names on! 

Look forward to seeing you. Opening times: 10.00-5.00


Special Offers – orchid bundles, Laurence’s pick 

4x Paphs Size £50.00 (FS)  Paph list available- please ask

5 x Phalaenopsis £50.00

3 x Dendrobiums £40.00

4 x Masdevallias £40.00

Can’t make the open days? We send plants by mail order throughout the UK & Ireland; or also can bring along to a show near to you. Chat to us about what plants we have. Gift vouchers also available

Please call at any time for advice on plant care or for further information on our open days or to book a visit for another time. For Society details please see our societies page. Contact us direct for up to date plants lists and/or view the listed page. 

For further details see Shows page; For contact information see also the Societies page




Visitors are welcome at any time,or why not join us for an Open Weekend and meet other experts and beginners to swap ideas and chat! Email us to receive regular O/W alerts. Plant patients welcome.

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Are we at a show near to you? We can bring along any ordered plants or sundries; check our Shows page to find out where we will be…

Check out our plant lists for availability. Reservations & orders taken over the phone. Plants by post/courier or we can deliver to a local show – please call and ask.


Laurence Hobbs Orchids is near to Junction 10 (next turnoff past Gatwick) on M23 and head towards East Grinstead,  and Crawley Down – postcode RH10 4LN.  Or call us for directions; 07961 350053

We have regular ORCHID SALES – OPEN  WEEKENDS – throughout the year at our nursery. Opening hours 10.00 – 5.00 unless otherwise stated.

Come along for a browse, tea and a chat – sample Sandra’s delicious cakes, available for all throughout the OpenWeekends, with light refreshments also available on individual plant sale days.

Also bring along any orchids  you may want some advice or help with.  All re-potting requirements can be supplied. Lots of plants available. Discounts on most plants.

Other visiting times: Please call ahead to arrange a suitable date and time.

Any Questions?  Looking for a particular plant? Need help with plant health, re-potting or growing conditions?

For all the above, or for information on plant availability, or sundry supplies, Ring Laurence on 07961 350053.



Please call/email direct for purchases and delivery arrangements. We accept most cards or cheques with payment by phone or post. Delivery arranged to suit you..

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Laurence Hobbs Orchids

For quality Cattleyas, Paphiopedilums, Vandas, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums and more . We have a range of nursery raised and imported species and hybrids

Extensive choice, no order too small, supplied by mail order, please call/email for stock lists and colour brochure (sae required). Visitors welcome, Society Group visits catered for, please ring in advance to arrange.

We also offer hybrids, seedlings and mericlones from Carter & Holmes Inc (USA), for whom we are the sole UK agents. Call for more details on ordering, Plant lists available. For colour brochures (subject to availability), please send sae.

Plants and much more…

Please call us at any time for advice on plants in stock or available to order, sundries and plant care.

gift ideas for your family and friends… at home, Europe, USA.



Brighten up your home with displays to order.