Vacancies - Joining our Team

Hardy's is a small, family run nursery specialising in the propagation and growing of Herbaceous Perennials for sale directly to the public. We sell our plants from our Hampshire based nursery and also via plant fairs and flower shows such as RHS Hampton Court, BBC Gardeners World Live etc. 

Most of our employees have been with us for many years either working full-time or as seasonal part-time staff. 

We are happy to provide work experience for horticultural students / those wishing to pursue a career in horticulture, if you would like further information please contact us via email or letter. For further information about Career routes into Horticulture please follow the link

We're Hiring!


Job Title: Mail Order Team Member 

Hours:  Minimum of 25 hours per week, Monday – Thursday (*Wednesday 8 hours), with a requirement to work additional hours during busy periods.

We now need to recruit a person to assist our Mail Order Team. 

This is a physically demanding role which involves gathering plant material, packing plants into boxes and loading them onto trollies.

Our ideal candidate will be dependable, methodical in their approach to the task and able to work to a daily deadline. They will be responsible for ensuring that all mail order consignments are accurate in terms of plant materials and customer details prior to despatch, therefore an eye for detail and a conscientious attitude are essential. In the absence of the Team Leader you will be required to complete some administrative tasks including: raising invoices using bespoke software; producing consignment documentation via our courier’s portal. Dealing with mail order queries and telephone orders.  

As we’re a small team, you will be expected to support other teams with other tasks on the Nursery

No previous plant knowledge is required for this position, although it is highly desirable, and in house training will be given in all aspects of this role.

Salary is the national living wage of up to £9.50 per hour depending on your age. Weekly pay. Staff discount in the shop after a successful probationary period.

To apply please send a CV with covering letter to: [email protected] by Thursday 7th July 2022.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.

We will also require details of two referees that we can contact.

Key Duties:

  • Check orders paperwork
  • Check plants against invoice paperwork and original orders
  • Packing plants into the boxes with required packaging material to high standard to withstand courier treatment
  • Correctly addressing boxes and adding information as required
  • Adding consignment paperwork
  • To keep the packing area and shed clean and tidy
  • Gathering plants for orders
  • Preparing plants for orders to a high standard
  • To perform other duties as may be reasonably required, supporting other teams on the nursery

* In addition, in the absence of the team leader, you will be required to perform some administrative tasks, for which in house training will be provided, including:

  • Raising invoices from website orders using GrowMaster, our stock control systems
  • Preparing consignment documentation via our courier’s website.
  • Taking and responding to telephone and email orders and queries


Person specification:  E = Essential D = Desirable

Working in a nursery or packaging environment: D
Working outdoors in all weathers and in all seasons: E

Skills and attributes
Physically fit able to lift, carry, walk and stand for long periods of time (up to 8 hours per day): E
Literacy: good standard of literacy, able to interpret and implement written instructions, to read labels, to check and confirm customer details and plant materials: E
Numeracy: good standard of numeracy, able to count and calculate accurately: E
Administration skills: able to produce invoices and information for couriers and customers: E
IT skills: Confident using, using computers and software including email and the internet E
Has used GrowMaster software or similar stock control systems: D
Has used courier portal software: D
Customer service: experience of supporting customers by email and telephone: D
Team work: able to work in a small team, building positive relationships: E
Flexible: supports other teams and team members when needed, is able to work more than 25 hours per week if required: E
Communication: good listening skills able to implement verbal instructions, able to clarify and confirm written instructions and requirements: E
Good eye for detail: ensuring orders and packaging accurately reflects customers details and requests E
Speed: able to work at a good pace to ensure plants are packed before the courier arrives: E
Self-reliant: able to work unsupervised: E
Reliable: does what they say they will, attends on days and times as agreed: E
Health and safety: to work in a healthy and safe manner, complying with risk assessments and instructions. Keeping all workspaces clean and tidy: E
Equality and diversity: to behave a non-discriminatory manner, to treat everyone fairly, with dignity and respect: E
Dog friendly: E

Plant knowledge: able to identify different plants: D
Plant knowledge: able to identify pests and disease: D


GCSE English, Maths, Science or equivalent qualifications or demonstrable competence: D
Driving licence: D

Salary is the national living wage of up to £9.50 per hour depending on your age. Weekly pay. Staff discount in the shop after a successful probationary period.

To apply please send a CV with covering letter to: [email protected] by Thursday 7th July 2022.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Please note that Hardy’s Nursery is in a rural location.  There is a bus service with a stop at the bottom of our lane.

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants is an equal opportunity and flexible, family friendly employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. And we’re also dog friendly, so you can bring your four-legged best friend to work with you too.

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, Priory Lane Nursery, Freefolk Priors, Whitchurch RG28 7FA