May
22
Tue
Gardening for the Bees
May 22 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 22 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • There are many different kinds of bees in our garden, both native and non-native.
  • Some species are threatened or endangered.
  • Bees are necessary for pollination and without them our world would be a very different place.
  • This talk by Master Gardener Julianne Labreche, with MG Ottawa-Carleton, has a passion for growing unusual and interesting vegetables.

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

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Jun
2
Sat
Fletcher Wildlife Garden’s Native Plant Sale
Jun 2 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 2 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

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

DETAILS:

  • Fletcher Wildlife Garden’s annual sale of native plants grown from harvested seeds is back!
  • Use native plants to attract pollinators like birds, butterflies and bees – pick up a free 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: Email fletcher@ofnc.ca or call 613-234-6767

 

Jun
10
Sun
Trees and Damaging Agents
Jun 10 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHEN: Sunday June 10 at 10am

Julie Oliver/Postmedia

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

DETAILS:

  • Trees have an indefinite potential lifespan, a fact which is exploited in perpetual wood-harvesting methods such as coppicing and pollarding.
  • So why do trees usually not live much more than 2 or 3 human lifespans, if lucky?
  • Pests, diseases, and environmental extremes such as droughts, windstorms, and lightning often are responsible for ending the lives of trees.
  • We will explore such damaging agents and other causes of tree mortality via a tour of the Dominion Arboretum.
  • The tour leaders are Owen Clarkin and Eric Jones
  • Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour

INFORegister here or call 613-230-3276.

 

Jun
16
Sat
Used Book Sale
Jun 16 @ 10:00 AM – Jun 17 @ 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 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, 18 categories of non-fiction plus many vintage books.
  • Great selection, great prices – $1 for paperbacks, $2 for trade paperback and hardbacks, $3 for new releases.
  • Have books to donate? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday October 20 – please don’t drop off books any other time of year, thanks!

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Jun
24
Sun
Explorer Rose Garden Tour
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 24 from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca

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 of the Farm 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 gratefully accepted during the tour

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Heritage Rose Garden Tour
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 24 from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca

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 of the Farm 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: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

June Blooms Garden Tours
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 24 from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca 

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

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

DETAILS:

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tours

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Ornamental Gardens Tour
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 24 from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca 

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 of the Farm 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 gratefully accepted during the tour

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Peony Tour
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Peony ‘Bordeaux’ in the Ornamental Gardens.

WHEN: Sunday June 24 from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca 

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 of the Farm 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 gratefully accepted during the tour

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Preston Lilac Tour
Jun 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 24 from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca 

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 of the Farm 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 gratefully accepted during the tour

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Jul
12
Thu
Canadian Institute of Forestry Tour
Jul 12 @ 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
pitch pine

WHEN: Thursday July 12 at 3:30pm

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

DETAILS:

  • The Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry is holding their AGM in Bldg 72 at the Arboretum.
  • This will be followed by a tree tour in the Arboretum with participation open to anyone who would care to join in.
  • The tour leader is Ken Farr.
  • Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour

INFORegister here or call 613-230-3276.

 

Jul
14
Sat
Got Bats?
Jul 14 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

WHEN: Saturday July 14 at 8pm

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

DETAILS:

  • Over the last decade, the bat populations in Ottawa (and Canada) have significantly declined due to the white-nose syndrome.
  • Learn about our flying furry friends, Ottawa’s bats species, their superpowers and their habitat.
  • Learn foraging and roosting features used by bats and practices that can be used to improve these features.
  • We will be going to the pond to see if we can catch their aerial acrobatics, and eavesdrop using a special bat detector.
  • We’ll also discuss how our backyards, landscapes and forests can be managed to best suit bat habitat.
  • Bring a flashlight, good footwear and bug repellent! The tour leader is Bettina Henkelman
  • Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour

INFORegister here or call 613-230-3276.

 

Jul
20
Fri
A Night With the Moths
Jul 20 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Photo courtesy of Diane Lepage.

WHEN: Friday July 20 8:30pm (rain date is Friday August 3)

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

DETAILS:

  • Come to the Arboretum to discover the nightlife of moths!
  • Black lights will be set-up and then we will wait as the various moths come to the white sheet set up to attract them.
  • We should see moths of various families, will possibly put sugaring on the tree trunk.
  • Bring a flashlight, good footwear and bug repellent!
  • This outing depends on the weather. If the temperature drops below 18C or in the event of rain, the outing will be postponed to Fri August 3.
  • The tour leaders are Diane Lepage and Owen Clarkin
  • Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour

INFORegister here or call 613-230-3276.

 

Jul
22
Sun
Victorian Tea
Jul 22 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday July 22 from 2pm to 4pm (will be cancelled in case of rain). Ticket sales end at 3:15pm or until sold out – tea is served until 4pm.

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 under the trees at the Arboretum – celebrating 20th anniversary!
  • 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 $15, reservations are NOT required

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Aug
11
Sat
Art on the Farm
Aug 11 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday August 11 from 10am to 4pm (rain date Sun Aug 12)

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 last year’s exhibitors list
  • If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please see the Registration Form or Formulaire d’inscription
  • Also featuring a silent auction of artwork, sale of art books and prints, and refreshments

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Oct
1
Mon
Annual Non-dinner Event
Oct 1 – Dec 31 all day

WHEN: October 1 to December 31

WHEREBuilding 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Please join the Friends for our popular annual fundraiser happening right now – until December 31
  • Not a single person will show up and we will be delighted – you can help the Friends of the Farm just by staying at home!
  • By purchasing tickets to this fundraising event that will never take place, you can help sponsor numerous activities in support of the Ornamental Gardens and Arboretum on the Farm.
  • Individual seats $25. Couples $50. Family $100. Table of Six $150. Community $500.
  • Your support is greatly appreciated and your donation is tax deductible.
  • You can contribute by using our new online fillable form for cheques or PayPal at Annual Non-dinner or Non-souper annuel.

INFO: Email membership@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Oct
16
Tue
Bulbs for Year Round Enjoyment
Oct 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday October 16 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • Daffodils and dahlias, crocus and cannas as well as some of the winter favourites like paper whites and amaryllis are presented by Master Gardener Mary Reid.
  • We’ll look at bulbs throughout the year…how to choose them, how to plant and care for them and how to ENJOY them.
  • Bring your garden diary as you might want to mark down highlights of each month’s bulbs.

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

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Oct
20
Sat
Used Book Drop-Off
Oct 20 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday October 20 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 2018 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 2019 and find that elusive title or stock up for your summer reading

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Nov
6
Tue
History of English Country House Gardens
Nov 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday November 6 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • This illustrated talk, presented by Master Gardener Heather Clemenson, outlines the history and design of English country house gardens.
  • It outlines the Tudor period to the present day focusing on the pleasure gardens of the aristocracy and the gentry.
  • The presentation provides an overview of how changes in the lifestyle and wealth of these powerful landowners have contributed to the development of garden tourism in England.

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

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276