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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,

I just wanted to update everyone as our website is undergoing temporary reconstruction but we would like to assure all that we are still very much alive and offering support, along with plants which are available for order online, or by direct contact on my usual number 07961 350053.

The revised plant list can be sent via email or post, so please don’t hesitate to ring if you have any questions, or queries I might be able to help with.

We do not expect to be able to source additional plants during the current virus situation – hopefully things may look slightly better come July. Similar to many other events we have had to cancel our Open Weekends until further notice – as soon as the situation changes, or we are able to offer additional plants and sundries, an email update will be sent to all - please let us know if you wish to be added to the Open Weekend mailing list.

Thank you again for the fantastic support from all our friends and customers during these very strange times and we trust you are all keeping safe and well. Best regards from all at LHO,



Leasingham Show update:

Over £400.00 raised for the Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance at the Leasingham Show 2018 – once again Thanks to all who took part and our visitors for making the show a huge success.

The next show has been confirmed for Saturday Oct 5th 2019 at the Leasingham Village Hall, Chapel Lane, NG34  8LB, we are looking forward to welcoming all this year.

Want to participate? Got inspiring ideas for additional displays, table top-stalls, informative sessions? or for anyone wishing to join in, please contact Laurence direct 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 .

Open by appointment only.

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). Please ring in advance: 07961 350053 to arrange a convenient date and time to drop by at other times (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 will be on Sat 11th and Sun 12th May. potting demonstrations will be held at 12.00 noon and 2.30 pm. Usual discounts apply

Tea, coffee, cold drinks and cakes will be available as usual, you know they are delicious!!

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

Upcoming events:

Open Weekends/ Open Days

11/12 May potting weekend

Please call at any time for advice or further information on our open days or to book a visit for another time
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.