Apr
7
Sat
Volunteer Orientation
Apr 7 @ 9:30 AM

WHEN: Saturday April 7 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

COST: Free admission

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

 

Apr
10
Tue
Gardening With Wildlife
Apr 10 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 10 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • There is both joy and challenges in gardening for wildlife – it requires different approaches and strategies, even a different mind-set, from regular gardening.
  • This talk addresses the characteristics of plants and garden design that help you create a wildlife-friendly garden, including strategies for food, shelter and water.
  • It details practices that encourage birds and beneficial insects to make their home in your garden. Resources specific to the Ottawa area will be discussed.
  • A brief overview of the process for certifying your garden as wildlife habitat or as a monarch way-station will be reviewed.
  • Rebecca Last is a Master Gardener with MG Ottawa-Carleton who encourages the audience to consider joining a growing army of Citizen Scientists who are helping us better understand how people are changing the natural world.

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

 

Apr
18
Wed
Annual General Meeting
Apr 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN : Wednesday April 18 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 2018 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 is Dr. Paul Villeneuve, an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University. His topic is “Environmental Impacts of the Farm.”
  • Dr. Villeneuve is an environmental epidemiologist, and his research programs include how access to nature and green space impacts human health.
  • He will describe research activities relevant to the Central Experimental Farm which include a sampling campaign done by his graduate students that mapped concentrations of air pollution, urban noise and temperature both within the CEF and nearby residential neighbourhoods. Other planned projects include impact of Farm vegetation on concentrations.
  • Free parking in the lot east of the K.W. Neatby Building, access from Maple Drive.

COST: Free admission, registration is required

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

 

Apr
24
Tue
Flowers and Vegetables: Beauty and the Eats
Apr 24 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 24 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • Using flowers in the vegetable garden adds more than just beauty.
  • Flowers attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Many flowers are edible as well.
  • You can add beauty to your vegetable garden and reap the rewards.
  • In this talk, Master Gardener Judith Cox with MG Ottawa-Carleton presents an overview of creating beauty in the garden and growing edibles too.

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

 

May
8
Tue
Unusual Edibles: Growing the Uncommon
May 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 8 from 7pm to 9pm

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

DETAILS:

  • Did you know there’s a root vegetable that tastes like oysters?
  • What about an orange tree that will give you tiny oranges yet is small enough to grow in your window?
  • Come and learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful edibles that can be grown right here in your home and yard.
  • Find out how to grow the uncommon and unexpected for your plate.
  • Esther Bryan is a Master Gardener with MG Ottawa-Carleton who 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

 

May
13
Sun
Friends’ Plant Sale
May 13 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 13 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 gratefully accepted

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

 

May
19
Sat
Lilac Walk Tour
May 19 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday May 19 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 gratefully accepted during the tour

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

 

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 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: Email fletcher@ofnc.ca or call 613-234-6767

 

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
  • 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
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 our registration materials
  • 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
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