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: 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’ 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 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: call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca