COVID-19 UPDATE: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirms that most roads and parking lots in the Central Experimental Farm are now open. The Agriculture and Food Museum (barns and farm animals) was reopened by Ingenium on August 1.
Please visit their website for tickets and information.
The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm office remains closed for the time being, but you can still reach us by email or on Facebook! Regrettably, our 2020 events and volunteer activities have been postponed or cancelled. Visit our Events page for more information.
Who we are
The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are the volunteer gardeners who help preserve, protect, preserve, maintain, and enhance the Ornamental Gardens and the Dominion Arboretum.
Who we aren’t
For information about weddings, farm animals, the tropical greenhouse, photo sessions, plant identification, and more, please go to our FAQs page for helpful links to the answers you need.
2020 Arboretum Tree Tour — Recently Planted Trees and Shrubs (registration now closed)
Sunday, August 9 (limited to 20 participants; masks required)
Annual General Meeting (presented virtually)
NEW DATE: Wednesday, September 16
Please visit our AGM webpage to register!
Art on the Farm
Saturday, August 15, cancelled
Master Gardener Lectures
Tuesdays, September 15 and 29 cancelled
Used Book Drop-off
Saturday, October 24 cancelled
Watch our calendar for other event details. Follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute announcements.
Three benches were dedicated in 2019 in the beautiful Arboretum, and 4 more should be installed in late 2020. Learn more about this Friends of the Farm program at Bench Program. (Delays are a result of Covid-19 challenges — see the Bench Program page for details)
[The Merivale Shelterbelt project is finished.]
You may now visit the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens Collections at the Farm, but please continue to respect COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and practice appropriate behaviour with respect to the gardens and Arboretum.
Visit our Boutique to share books with friends and family all year long. We ship across Canada, to the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The Friends gratefully acknowledge the very generous financial support of our Blooms book donors.
What’s Happening Now
See the Gardening Calendar for more garden events in the Ottawa area.
Read the Friends’ letters and responses to encroachment on the Farm. “It’s a research facility. It’s a public garden. It’s a heritage site. We’d like to see it stay that way.”
River Ward City Councillor Riley Brockington asks Ottawa Centre candidates of the 2019 election salient questions about the Central Experimental Farm, “Ottawa’s jewel in the crown.”
August 2020 Randy Taylor
Did you know Friends volunteers donate more than 10,000 hours every year to support our mission and activities? Read about our latest Volunteer of the Month and about our other fabulous volunteers in Previous Spotlights.