Apr
8
Sat
Volunteer Orientation
Apr 8 @ 9:30 AM

dancers

WHEN: Saturday April 8 at 9:30am

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

DETAILS:

  • What better way to enjoy nature, fresh air, exercise, plant life and contribute to the beauty of the Farm than to join one of the Friends’ Gardening Teams?
  • For those interested in volunteering, come out and meet the garden team leaders and event coordinators at the Volunteer Recruitment Orientation
  • For more information on garden team duties, days and times, see Volunteer Activities
  • For those who are unable to attend the orientation, download and complete our enrolment and waiver Volunteer form then mail it directly to our office.

COST: Free admission

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

 

Apr
11
Tue
Pruning: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly with Laura Moses
Apr 11 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 11 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • You’ve seen it, that branch sticking out far from the tree with a cut to the end, dead.
  • In Pruning: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, participants will gain knowledge to perform proper pruning.
  • We will look at examples of bad pruning practices and talk about incorrect times to prune.
  • Laura will also present pictures of the damage that can occur with incorrect pruning.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

Apr
19
Wed
Annual General Meeting
Apr 19 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Wednesday April 19 from 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: K.W. Neatby Building, Salons A & B, 960 Carling Avenue near Maple Drive

DETAILS:

  • The Friends’ Board of Directors cordially invite the public to attend the 2017 AGM, membership is not required
  • The AGM will begin with a short business meeting followed by a guest presentation and refreshments, please register if you plan to attend
  • Our speaker will be Richard Hinchcliff, whose topic is “Bloomers are the Craze: Images of the Farm’s Gardens.”
  • Richard is the author of Blooms, the new book about the Ornamental Gardens and the Friends gift to celebrate Canada’s 150th
  • He will introduce us to some of the images of the Farm and the making of those images over the course of 130 years.
  • Blooms will be available for purchase along with For the Love of Trees, Ottawa’s Farm, and a selection of new Farm photo cards.
  • Free parking in the lot east of the K.W. Neatby Building, access from Maple Drive.

COST: Free admission, registration is required

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

 

Apr
25
Tue
Is that a Dandelion or a Dahlia? Gardening for Beginners with Mary Reid
Apr 25 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 25 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • So much to do, so much to learn – Mary will look at the real basics of gardening
  • Starting with soil and compost, we will move on to fertilizers and mulch
  • Set up a game plan on what plants to choose for your garden and why
  • Plants are forgiving but they do need TLC – we’ll develop a garden maintenance regime

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

May
7
Sun
Flowers in Trees
May 7 @ 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 7 at 2pm

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

DETAILS:

  • The tour will focus on showy tree flowers like the magnolias but there is much to be learned about all trees in bloom
  • Some trees are male, some female, but most are both
  • The flowers and pollination are the key to tree survival
  • Come and enjoy the colour as you learn about the trees
  • The tour leaders are Robert Glendinning and Zoe Panchen
  • 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

 

May
9
Tue
Gardeners, Contain Yourself with Rebecca Last
May 9 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 9 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • Do you have trouble containing your enthusiasm when the nurseries open every spring?
  • For those of us with limited growing space, gardening in containers can be a great way to accommodate more plants, grow things out of zone or out of season.
  • Master Gardener Rebecca Last walks you through some uses of containers, and shares tips and tricks for successful container growing.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

May
14
Sun
Friends’ Plant Sale
May 14 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 14 from 9am to 1pm RAIN OR SHINE

WHERE: Parking lot beside K.W. Neatby Bldg at Carling & Maple Drive, follow the signs

DETAILS:

  • Get everything you need for your garden at our spectacular plant sale – here is last year’s vendor list
  • Over 30 of the region’s top specialty growers and nursery vendors are assembled in one location- no need to drive across town to visit each one!
  • Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton are on hand with free advice on all your gardening questions
  • Friends popular ‘plant coat check’ service is under the canopy – keep your hands free while shopping and volunteers help carry your treasures to your vehicle
  • Refreshment tables and sale of gardening books provide a nourishing break while shopping
  • For those interested in participating, download the registration document
  • Free parking on Maple Drive and in the Dominion Observatory parking lot

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted

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

 

May
20
Sat
Lilac Walk
May 20 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday May 20 at 2pm

WHERE: Meet at the Macoun Garden in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Take a guided tour of the Central Experimental Farm Lilac Walk with the Friends expert Lilac Team
  • Visit more than 200 Lilac varieties in the CEF Collection, some dating to the turn of the last century
  • Some of the original lilacs planted in the Arboretum in 1886 were moved to the Lilac Walk in 1919
  • Park at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum lot (Pay and Display) and follow the signs

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

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

 

May
23
Tue
Going Grassless – Honey I Shrunk the Lawn with Julianne Labreche
May 23 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 23 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • go grassless by turning your front lawn into a garden
  • a brief history of the North American lawn
  • costs, challenges and care of lawns
  • zone-appropriate plant alternatives to sod
  • ideas and inspirations on ways to create a grassless front garden

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

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.

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.

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

DETAILS:

COST: Free admission, donations kindly accepted during the tour

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.

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

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

 

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

WHEN: Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm

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

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

 

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