Greenfields opened jointly with nearby Barn House Garden on 26 June 2016. The weather on that day was inclement to say the least and by mid-afternoon it was cold and raining steadily. Nonetheless, 167 hardy soles turned out to support the NGS and its various charities. Feedback from the visitors was very positive and all of the visitors seemed to enjoy viewing the garden despite the weather. From the admission fees (£3.50 for admission to Greenfields only, or £6.00 for admission to Greenfields and Barn House Garden) we raised approximately £900 from both gardens for the National Garden Scheme.
There was heavy demand for refreshments (whether that was because of the weather or because of the quality of the cakes on offer is not entirely clear) and the volunteers from Gwent Wildlife Trust remained busy throughout the afternoon as they served tea, coffee and cakes to the visitors at Greenfields. The proceeds of £247.50 from the sale of refreshments were donated to Gwent Wildlife Trust.
The plant sales table was also manned by Gwent Wild Life Trust and the proceeds of £140 from plant sales were donated 50% to Gwent Wildlife Trust, and 50% to the Alzheimers Society.
A public opening under the National Garden Scheme is a big commitment. It takes a lot of time and effort to battle with the weather and prepare the garden so that it is in its best possible condition. Moreover, there are the logistics on the day: signage, parking, staffing the admissions table, acting as guides, preparing cakes and making tea and coffee, and staffing the plant sales. We could not have opened under the National Garden Scheme without the help of many friends who kindly volunteered their services and we wish to extend our sincere thanks to:
Last, and by no means least, we wish to thank all of the visitors who braved the elements and turned out (on a not-so-nice day in June) to visit Greenfields and support the National Garden Scheme. We hope to see you all again next year.
Below are photos of some of our recent visitors. For details of Private Viewings click here
"It was so nice to finally meet you today and take my ladies round your wonderful garden. Everyone was so impressed with it and all the hard work you have put into it. I don't think anyone was in a rush to go home they were enjoying themselves so much. So thank you for letting us take our time on the hottest day of the year so far. Your hospitality was outstanding, especially the tea and cakes on arrival. We cannot praise you or your garden enough. I am certainly going to look up a few plants now I have seen them growing in yours and Kate's garden" - Anne Downer, Leader of the Group from Magor
"We visited Greenfields and left this beautiful and much loved garden totally inspired. Well planned and interesting with so many gardens within a garden, it really is well worth a visit for anyone with a love of gardens/gardening and Jackie could not't have been more welcoming." - Chrissy (not photographed).