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. 


  • When you arrive you will be greeted by one of our friendly members of staff, they will point you in the right direction to register and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee prior to the Talk or Workshop beginning. 
  • Please be aware that we do have various moving vehicles on site and that the yard and staff car parking area which is in front of the large barn (our potting shed) is also used by delivery drivers. Our staff are generally very considerate when driving.  
  • If either you or a member of your party has mobility problems please let us know in advance and we will ensure that there is a parking space available as near to the talk seating area as possible. 
  • Talks take place either in our large barn or in one of our polythene tunnels. Which venue we use is largely dependent upon the prevailing weather conditions. If it is a cold day please dress warmly - plenty of thin layers. 
  • If it is a hot day we will make sure that there is a supply of bottled drinking water (free of charge) If at any time during a talk or a workshop you feel too hot please let the speaker or workshop leader know, if you are in a polythene tunnel we can easily open the vents to help cool things down ( Of course if it is a hot day we will hold the talk / workshop in the coolest location )
  • At some point within the Talk or Workshop there will be a Tea/Coffee break with some biscuits. ( Workshops have a break with Cake provided) - If you suffer from any food related intolerances or allergies please could you let us know as soon as possible and we will try and accommodate your needs. 
  • 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 - Through out 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. 

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.