Are you a member? Support the Friends’ mission and receive membership benefits on Master Gardener Lectures.

Collections and Boutique

Visit the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens Collections at the Farm

Visit our Boutique to share books with friends and family all year long. We ship across Canada, to the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Blooms is the Friends’ contribution to Canada’s 150th and tells the story of this Ottawa gem – take a peek inside, view how to buy Blooms for pick-up or delivery within Canada, and upcoming Blooms Events. 

The Friends gratefully acknowledge the very generous financial support of our Blooms book donors.

What’s Happening Now

Stay in touch with our Winter Newsletter and March Farm Notes.

March 27 Beauty of the Farm by Ramin – free event, registration required.

See the Gardening Calendar for Ottawa area garden events.

NOTE: new 2018 hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am to 2pm.

Read the Friends’ letters and responses to encroachment on the Central Experimental Farm.

“It’s a research facility. It’s a public garden. It’s a heritage site.
We’d like to see it stay that way.”

Merivale Shelterbelt

Shelterbelt path near pavilion and rest area

The Friends are working on a donor project to recreate a boundary forest at the western edge of the Farm. The project is almost finished! The public has until July 31, 2018, to help complete this important project. Learn more at Merivale Shelterbelt.

Volunteer Spotlight

March 2018 – Denise Kennedy

Did you know Friends volunteers donate over 10,000 hours every year to support its mission and activities? Here’s our latest Volunteer of the Month or read about our volunteers in Previous Spotlights.