June 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday June 10 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’ canopy 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.


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