Important information for Talks and Workshops

We just need to tell you a few things which will help to keep you safe during your visit and hopefully answer any questions you may have. 

 

  • Parking at Hardy’s - Parking will be in the normal customer car park unless we instruct you otherwise. (If either you or a member of your party has mobility problems please let us know in advance and we will ensure there is a parking space as near to the talk seating area as possible.) 
  • Please register on arrival - When you arrive you will be greeted by a Hardy’s staff member who will point you in the right direction to register and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee prior to your talk or workshop. 
  • Dress Code - Please wear sensible shoes, our paths are rough and uneven. If it’s a cold day dress warmly — plenty of thin layers. 
  • Hot Weather - Talks take place either in our large barn or one of our polythene tunnels. Which venue we use is dependent upon the prevailing weather conditions. If it’s a hot day we will supply bottled drinking water (free of charge). Polythene tunnels heat up quickly - If at any time during a talk, tour of the nursery or a workshop you feel too hot please let the speaker or workshop leader know, don’t be shy —  we can easily open vents and or doors to help cool things down.
  • Food related intolerances or allergies. At some point within the talk or workshop there will be a tea/coffee break with biscuits. (workshops have a break with cake provided) - If you suffer from any food related intolerances or allergies please could you let us know in advance and we will try and accommodate your needs. 
  • Please be aware that we have various moving vehicles on-site, and that our yard and staff car parking area which is in front of the large barn (our potting shed) is also used by delivery drivers.
  • You will be given a brief Fire Safety chat prior to the start of your talk or workshop. 
  • We have a no smoking policy within all buildings on site — including the propagation house, polythene tunnels and shade tunnels - Throughout the duration of workshops we have a No Smoking Policy in place. 

    We reserve the right to remove anyone from the nursery if their behaviour is considered likely to cause offence or create a nuisance to other visitors or staff.

Additional information for Workshops 

  • Footwear - Sturdy shoes are best, some of the nursery pathways are uneven and there is always the possibility you may drop something on your foot.  DO NOT WEAR OPEN TOED SANDALS OR FLIP-FLOPS.  
  • Trips, slips and falls - to help take care of yourself and your fellow workshop attendees please keep your working space tidy, don’t leave equipment or plants on pathways where they could become trip hazards and keep doorways clear at all times. 
  • If it’s a hot day - Remember to drink lots of fluids, wear a hat and keep covered up, we would also encourage you to use sun cream. If you feel too hot don’t suffer in silence, tell us. 
  • ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER HANDLING PLANTS AND BEFORE EATING OR SMOKING.

More specific information for - Rosy Hardy’s Propagation Workshops 

  • You will be using snips for taking cuttings, the snips we use have sharp blades. Take care not to cut yourself, Rosy will give you guidance on how to use them safely  - if you do cut yourself we have 2 first aiders on site and plenty of plasters. 
  • You will be handling compost and plants which may cause some people mild skin irritation - we supply all attendees with disposable gloves in all sizes. 
  • Compost and plants can be mucky to work with - please bear this in mind when choosing which clothes to wear on the day. 

More specific information for - Children's Workshops 

All children attending any workshops or activities at the nursery must be accompanied and supervised by an appropriate adult known to the child who will stay for the full duration of their workshop or activity.

Each workshop or activity will have at least two members of Hardy's staff present and often more to help out.  

Our staff are not allowed to undertake any personal or social care of your child including taking them to the toilet or feeding them.

Depending upon the workshop or activity, equipment provided by Hardy's may include children's rounded scissors, adhesive glue dots and gems which the children will be shown how to use.  Gloves will also be offered for gardening tasks and we recommend that the children wear them.

Children and accompanying adults may wash their hands after each task but certainly after handling plants and before eating or smoking as appropriate.