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


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 for pick-up or delivery within Canada, and upcoming Blooms Events. 

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

What’s Happening Now

Botanical art cards

Stay in touch with our Fall Newsletter and December Farm Notes.

New cards! See the Friends’ new botanical art cards and ornamental Blooms cards for sale.

Friends’ December events include Celebrating our Volunteers, the Annual Non-Dinner and New Winter Office Hours.  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.”

The Friends are located at Building 72 in the Arboretum Mon to Wed from 9am to 2pm.

Merivale Shelterbelt

Shelterbelt path near pavilion and rest area

The Friends were working on a donor project to recreate a boundary forest at the western edge of the Farm. The project is finished!  Learn more at Merivale Shelterbelt.

Volunteer Spotlight

December 2018 – Nancy Finn

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.