May
28
Sun
Tree Leaves of Canada
May 28 @ 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 28 at 2pm

WHERE: Meet at Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Spring is upon us and with that trees are leafing out and the Arboretum is coming back to life.
  • In this tour we will meet the trees that are early to join spring and those that wait till the last moment to leaf out.
  • With a special nod to the 150th Anniversary of Canada, we will seek out the provincial and territorial trees of Canada, all of which can be found at the Arboretum.
  • Come enjoy stately views of the Arboretum during the magnificent spring flush.
  • The tour leaders are Zoe Panchen and Eric Jones
  • Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail trees@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Jun
3
Sat
Native Plant Sale – Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Jun 3 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
FWG BYG-entrance
Fletcher Wildlife Garden near entrance off Prince of Wales Drive

WHEN: Saturday June 3 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

WHERE: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive south of the Arboretum

DETAILS:

  • Yearly sale of native plants grown from harvested seeds is back!
  • Use native plants to attract pollinators like birds, butterflies and bees – pick up a plant list
  • They’ll show you which native plant species are favourites with wildlife and which species do well in your growing conditions
  • They have milkweeds for monarchs, asters to suit any garden location, goldenrods, blue-eyed grass, bergamot, beardtongue, a few native grass species, and hundreds of other species from our own demonstration garden
  • Volunteers will be on hand to show you where to park and answer your gardening questions
  • Please help by donating your empty 4 inch SQUARE pots

COST: Free admission

INFO: Call (613) 234-6767 or e-mail fletcher@ofnc.ca

 

Jun
10
Sat
Explorer Rose Garden Tour
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm 

WHERE: Explorer Rose Garden in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

As part of June Blooms!, park in the Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • Take a guided tour of the CEF Explorer Rose Garden, when they should be at their mid-June best, conducted by the Friends expert Rose Team.
  • Roses have a long history at the Central Experimental Farm due to the interest in roses of William Saunders, the first director of the Farm, who was a hybridizer. Isabella Preston also hybridized roses.
  • Felicitas Svejda, who came to the Farm in 1961, sought to develop roses that would withstand Canada’s severe winters. Her seedlings went through a rigorous six year scheme, including in 1983 sending the roses to 20 test stations across Canada and to four in bordering states in the US.
  • The resultant Explorer Rose series brought her and the Farm international acclaim. These roses are named after early explorers of what is now Canada – John Cabot, William Baffin and Henry Hudson, to name just three of the thirteen.
  • Svejda was particularly proud of her Champlain rose, which combines absolute hardiness and a long flowering period of profuse bloom. View the Explorer Roses in the CEF Collection.
  • Get tips on which Explorer roses will work best in your garden and how to keep them happily blooming.

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Heritage Rose Garden Tour
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Heritage Rose Garden in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

As part of June Blooms!, park in the Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will be served.

DETAILS:

  • Take a guided tour of the Central Experimental Farm Heritage Rose Garden, when they should be at their mid-June best, conducted by the Friends expert Rose Team.
  • Roses have a long history at the CEF. The Heritage Rose Garden was rehabilitated by the Friends of the Farm beginning in 1999 and officially opened in 2001
  • The Garden is approximately 220 by 50 feet and has four lattice entrances with a small bird bath in the middle. Its 220 roses showcase varieties that were grown in the past gardens at the Farm alongside one-time bloomers and modern repeat bloomers. The collection ranges from ramblers to shrubs to smaller varieties.
  • Learn about roses that were originally bred at the Farm by William Saunders, its first director, by Isabella Preston, and by Dr. Felicitas Svejda. View the Heritage Roses in the CEF Collection.
  • Get tips on what will work best in your garden and how to keep your roses happily blooming.

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

June Blooms! Strolling Through Garden History
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

Park in Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tours

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Ornamental Gardens Tour
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

As part of June Blooms!, park in the Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • The CEF Ornamental Gardens illustrate the Farm’s long history of horticultural achievement. They are a testament to the Farm’s unique blend of research, education and hybridization. Tours of the gardens will be conducted by the Friends’ Garden Teams.
  • The Macoun Memorial Garden was created in 1933-34 to commemorate the life and work of the W.T. Macoun, Dominion Horticulturalist. Built on the site of his residence at the Farm, it features a formal perimeter gardens around a sunken garden and a pond with a fountain in its centre. Perimeter gardens are planted to reflect Macoun’s love of informal gardens.
  • The Rock Garden, first planted in the early decades of the 1900s, is a magical, quiet and constantly changing garden which mingles sun, shade and a meandering pathway where a diversity of rock garden plants are combined with evergreens to provide year round bloom and interest.
  • The Perennial and Annual Gardens showcase choice plants ideal for Ottawa’s climate. Each spring, Farm staff plant annuals that illustrate patterns of form, colour and texture. Perennial borders have existed at the Farm since the very beginning. A mixture of new flowers and long loved plants, these gardens demonstrate the size of mature plants in striking combinations. View the Perennials in the CEF Collections.
  • The Iris and Daylily Gardens, designed in 2003, combine 10 semicircular beds and four corner beds to square the circle to form a Victorian style garden. The outer circle contains 160 daylilies. The middle circle highlights 80 bearded irises and the inner circle Siberian irises bred by Isabella Preston and other historic and award-winning Siberians. View the Iris and Daylily in the CEF Collections.
  • Learn about plants that will work best in your garden and how to keep them happily blooming.

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Peony Tour
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Peony ‘Bordeaux’ in the Ornamental Gardens.

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Peony Beds in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

As part of June Blooms!, park in the Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • Take a guided tour of the Central Experimental Farm Peony Beds with the Friends expert Peony Team
  • Visit the award-winning and heritage peonies in 12 garden beds with 400 named species and over 600 individual plants
  • This includes over 105 different cultivars in the Saunders Collection of peonies introduced by the most prolific peony breeder of all time, A.P. Saunders, son of the first Director of the CEF, Dr. William Saunders
  • Get tips on what works best in your garden and ways to keep your peonies happily blooming
  • View the Peonies in the CEF Collection

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Perennial Favourites: Macoun Memorial Garden
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

Park in Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • This year marks a double anniversary: Canada’s 150th since Confederation and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS).
  • To celebrate, OHS and the Friends have joined forces to undertake a commemorative project with two components in the Ornamental Gardens at the Farm.
  • On June 10 members of the OHS will be on hand to introduce these projects to visitors at the Ornamental Gardens.
  • Perennial Favourites: Macoun Memorial Garden is a two year project with plantings of historical perennials in the Macoun Memorial Garden.
  • Opened in 1936, the garden honours William T. Macoun, Dominion Horticulturist (1910-1933) and OHS president (1899) on the site of his former house.
  • Using historical records, perennials favoured by Macoun will be planted in the northeast and northwest entrance to the garden close to the Driveway.
  • In 2017 an array of annuals will be planted with a colour scheme preferred by Macoun while the perennial plant discovery process is underway.
  • Read the full story on page 10 of our Spring Newsletter 2017.  

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Preston Lilac Tour
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Preston Lilacs in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

As part of June Blooms!, park in the Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • Take a guided tour of the Central Experimental Farm Isabella Preston Heritage Lilacs with the Friends expert Lilac Team
  • Preston was a renowned breeder at the CEF (1920-47) of lilacs, roses, lilies, Siberian irises, crabapples
  • She produced the first Canada-hardy late-blooming lilac and put Canada on the world lilac map
  • The Preston Collection honours her work with plantings of the Villosae Group of hybrids that begin blooming in June
  • Her unique naming scheme included Canadian lakes and rivers, women workers at the CEF office, Allied fighter planes in the Second World War, and Shakespearean characters
  • View the Preston Lilacs in the CEF Collection

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Research and Beauty: Hybridization at the CEF
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

Park in Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends’ canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • This year marks a double anniversary: Canada’s 150th since Confederation and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS).
  • To celebrate, OHS and the Friends have joined forces to undertake a commemorative project with two components in the Ornamental Gardens at the Farm.
  • On June 10 members of the OHS will be on hand to introduce these projects to visitors at the Ornamental Gardens.
  • Research and Beauty: Hybridization and the CEF will be celebrated with information plaques in English and French permanently installed inside the pergola at the southern end of the Ornamental Gardens.
  • One plaque introduces the project and plant hybridization at the Farm.
  • Three other plaques detail the work of noted plant hybridizers connected to the Central Experimental Farm: Isabella Preston (lilacs), A.P. (Percy) Saunders (peonies) and Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Explorer Roses).
  • QR codes allow visitors with smartphones to access more information on the Farm’s illustrious history of hybridization in Canada, and a general description of hybridization.
  • Read the full story on page 10 of our Spring Newsletter 2017

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Jun
11
Sun
Insect Tree Tour
Jun 11 @ 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 11 at 2pm

WHERE: Meet at Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Tour leaders will point out evidence of insect activity on leaves, twigs and bark of various trees.
  • This includes the infamous emerald ash borer that is killing many of Ottawa’s trees.
  • They will also comment on insects that are found on or off trees.
  • The tour will highlight the interdependence of plants, insects and birds, all providing support for the natural world.
  • The tour leaders are Christian Schmidt and Henri Goulet
  • Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail trees@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Jun
18
Sun
Destination Ontario 2017
Jun 18 – Jun 20 all day

WHEN: Sunday June 18 to Tuesday June 20, 2017

WHERE: Ottawa to Toronto, Caledonia, Brantford, Point Pelée, Hamilton, Brantford, Wilsonville, back to Ottawa

DETAILS:

  • Destination Ontario 2017 is SOLD OUT! However we are taking names for a Waiting List so don’t delay, we have had cancellations on previous trips. You might still get a seat on the bus! Contact bustour@friendsofthefarm.ca
  • Spend three days with Friends Denise and Yvonne – first come, first served on the bus!
  • Departing Ottawa on Sunday, first stop is the Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens followed by a dinner cruise on the Grand River near Caledonia, overnight in Brantford
  • On the second day we ride to Point Pelée National Park with dinner in Hamilton and returning to overnight in Brantford (same hotel)
  • On the third day we visit the many gardens of Brantford and the enchanting Whistling Gardens (photo) in Wilsonville, returning to Ottawa that evening
  • Price is all inclusive – all meals, hotel, entrance fees to gardens and bus transportation. For trip itinerary, garden info and registration material, please see bus itinerary with garden description and registration form

COST: Price is $555 per person for double occupancy; for single occupancy, add $130

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail bustour@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Jun
24
Sat
Used Book Sale
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – Jun 25 @ 4:00 PM
Come early for the best selection!

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 from 10am to 4pm

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • It’s a 2-day sale for a reason – literally thousands of the best used books in Ottawa!
  • All fiction is alphabetized with 18 categories of non-fiction plus vintage books
  • Great selection, great prices – $1 for paperbacks, $2 for trade paperback and hardbacks
  • Have books to donate? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday October 22 – please don’t drop off books any other time of year, thanks!

COST: Free admission

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

Jul
30
Sun
Victorian Tea
Jul 30 @ 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM
Enjoying the elegant pastime of Victorian Tea, and winning best hat contest!

WHEN: Sunday July 30 from 2pm to 4pm (will be cancelled in event of rain)

WHERE: Next to Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Classic tea is served ‘in the tea room under the trees’ at the Arboretum
  • This annual event brings out the Victorian flair in all of us!
  • Dress in period garb (optional) and enter the Best Hat and Best Costume Contest (Men and Women)
  • Enjoy listening to live music on the lawn
  • Serving handmade finger sandwiches, scones, and piping hot tea in fine china cups on outdoor tables and chairs

COST: High tea is $13, reservations are NOT required

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Aug
12
Sat
Art on the Farm
Aug 12 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Art on the Farm Saturday Aug 14
Art on the Farm under the Arboretum canopy

WHEN: Saturday August 12 from 10am to 4pm (RAIN DATE Sunday August 13)

WHERE: Next to Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • This special summer event showcases local and regional artists displaying and selling their original artwork
  • There isn’t a more beautiful setting than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum
  • So much to savour in one day – oil and acrylic paintings, stone and wood sculptures, glass art and jewelry, pottery and stoneware, landscapes and portraits, fiber and paper designs, woodwork and accessories – here is list of last year’s exhibitors list
  • Also featuring a silent auction of artwork, sale of art books and prints, and refreshments
  • If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please visit information and registration.

COST: Free admission

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Oct
21
Sat
Used Book Drop-Off
Oct 21 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday October 21 from 10am to 3pm

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Clean out your shelves and donate your books for a great cause – this is the only drop-off day in 2017 when we accept books from the public
  • Friends volunteers are ready to unload your boxes and bags of re-gifted books
  • We do not accept magazines, textbooks or encyclopaedias
  • Please note – respect Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada property and do not drop off books except on official drop-off days, thanks!
  • Check the calendar for our Used Book Sale in June 2017 and find that elusive title or stock up for your summer reading

COST: Free admission

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

Nov
16
Thu
Fall Frenzy On-Line Silent Auction
Nov 16 @ 9:00 AM – Nov 24 @ 9:00 PM
Coffee & chocolate gift cards
Quilted wall hanging
12 volumes of George Eliot
Beyond Yoga

WHEN: Thursday November 16 at 9am to Friday November 24 at 9 pm

WHEREFall Frenzy Online Silent Auction is hosted by eFlea.ca, a free on-line charity auction hosting system specializing in charity fundraising using silent auctions

DETAILS:

  • Going, going, gone! Our 9-day silent auction offers something for everyone!
  • Bookmark the auction site and check back often once bidding has started – don’t miss out on some great gifts!
  • Bid on great holiday gifts and services from the comfort of home and no delivery charges
  • Auction items have been generously given by a wide range of donors and include artwork, collectibles, books, gift certificates, professional services, Beauty products, gift baskets, memberships, and so much more!
  • Payment can be made with PayPal online; cash or cheque in person
  • Winning bidders are automatically notified by email once the auction closes
    and can pick up items from Mon Nov 27 to Wed Nov 29, from 9am to 2pm
  • Pickup items at Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

COST: Free admission

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca