The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm office is closed until further notice,
but you can still reach us by email or on Facebook!

We want to hear from you!
Take our survey here and tell us about your experiences at the Farm.

Are you a member? Support the Friends’ mission and receive membership benefits on Master Gardener Lectures.

Upcoming Events:

CANCELLED Volunteer Recruitment Orientation
Saturday April 4
POSTPONED – new date to be determined Annual General Meeting
Wednesday May 6
Watch our calendar for other event details. Follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute announcements.

Celebration Benches

New Celebration Bench in the Arboretum

Three benches have been dedicated in 2019 in the beautiful Arboretum. More will be available in 2020. Learn more about this Friends of the Farm program at Bench Program.

[The Merivale Shelterbelt project is finished.]


Visit the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens Collections at the Farm

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.

Blooms is the Friends’ contribution to Canada’s 150th and tells the story of this Ottawa gem – take a peek inside!

View how to buy Blooms or our other publications for pick-up or delivery within Canada

The Friends gratefully acknowledge the very generous financial support of our Blooms book donors.

What’s Happening Now

New water feature in the Rock Garden

Stay in touch with the Winter Newsletter or March Farm Notes.

See the Friends’ beautiful new winter cards, perfect for winter birthdays and celebrations. We also have botanical art cards and ornamental Blooms cards for sale.

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.”

The Friends are located at Building 72 in the Arboretum during these Office Hours.

Volunteer Spotlight

April 2020 Patricia Blackburn

Did you know Friends volunteers donate over 10,000 hours every year to support its mission and activities? Here’s our latest Volunteer of the Month or read about our volunteers in Previous Spotlights.