The Friends of the Farm are pleased to offer the first and only guide book to the trees of the Arboretum on the Central Experimental Farm: For the Love of Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm Arboretum by Richard Hinchcliff and Roman Popadiouk, with illustrations by Karen (Gier) Cameron.

The book is an illustrated tribute to the heritage collection of trees at the Arboretum. This beautiful book contains over 580 colour photographs and 75 drawings of 92 tree species. Profiles of the trees include their shape, leaves, flowers, bark and fruit as well as their location and historical commentary by former curators. A series of walks through this picturesque green space is provided, with colour-coded maps at the back of the book.

It was a labour of love by dedicated volunteers in 2007 and is now in its third printing with almost 6,000 copies sold. It is a must-have for locals and visitors alike who are tree lovers, walkers, historians, arborists, birders, and green space advocates. A pleasure to read and an excellent learning tool, For the Love of Trees heightens our awareness of the beauty of this National Historic Site and in so doing honours trees everywhere.


How do you get a copy of For the Love of Trees?

  • Come to the Friends office in Building 72 weekdays Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 2pm and purchase it with cash, cheque, or credit and take it home! (We are closed on statutory holidays.)
  • Purchase it here online with credit and pick up the book at the Friends’ office in Building 72 (hours listed above) or have it shipped to a location of your choice.