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This new book from Friends of the Farm is described by the Ottawa Citizen as a “tour de force in both words and pictures.” The Canadian Field-Naturalist book review describes it as “first and foremost, gorgeous.” It is the Friends’ gift to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Friends gratefully acknowledge the generous support of donors who contributed financial support to this project.

Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm is about the Ornamental Gardens at the Farm and how they came to be the beautiful and historic place we enjoy today. It is illustrated with many fascinating historic photos of the gardens and the unique flowers that were bred here at the Farm, along with stunning photos that capture the splendour of the present-day gardens and plants.

Blooms is the story of the people and events that have influenced the way the gardens have grown from 1886 to the present day, and it introduces the spectacular past and present floral collections, such as roses, peonies, lilies, lilacs, irises, crab apples, and chrysanthemums.

In Blooms, local author Richard Hinchcliff pays tribute to both the successes of ornamental horticulture at the Farm and the beauty of the gardens within this National Historic Site. The creative designer is Alison Hall, who designed the popular For the Love of Trees book about the Arboretum. Her cover for Blooms features a striking red modern Explorer rose with an historic photo inserted in the middle of the bloom.

For a preview of Blooms, LOOK INSIDE!

304 pages, ISBN 978-0-9879734-3-6, hardcover, 9″ x 9”

How do you get a copy of Blooms?

Come to the Friends office in Building 72 weekdays Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 2pm and purchase Blooms with cash, cheque, or credit and take it home! (We are closed on statutory holidays.)

Purchase it here online with credit and pick up Blooms at the Friends’ office in Building 72 (hours listed above) or have it shipped to a location of your choice.

Local bookstores selling Blooms include Perfect Books, Books on Beechwood, Octopus Books, Singing Pebble Books, Chapters on Rideau, Lee Valley Ottawa, World of Maps, Coles at Carlingwood, Chapters South Keys, Coles at Billings Bridge, Indigo Barrhaven

Questions? Call 613-230-3276 or email

Upcoming Blooms events:

Richard will be talking about the Blooms book:

November 14 at 7:30pm West Carleton Garden Club and Horticultural Society

October 11 at 7:30pm Barrhaven Garden Club 

September 20 at 7:30pm Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society 

June 6 at 7:30pm Kanata-March Horticultural Society – Richard will present “Photographing the Central Experimental Farm”

May 15 at 7pm Russell & District Horticultural Society – Richard will present “The History of Horticulture at the Central Experimental Farm”

Richard will be signing Blooms books

August 12 from 12noon to 3pm at Indigo Barrhaven

June 10 from 10am to 2pm June Blooms: Strolling Through Garden History – free guided tours of the Ornamental Gardens, Blooms book signing, other Friends’ publications and photo cards, OHS/Friends joint projects on hybridization and Macoun Garden

May 27 from 11am to 3pm at Lee Valley Ottawa 

May 20 from 11am to 3pm at Chapters South Keys