Our 2023 events are coming soon…

for your gardening pleasure!


Registration is now open for our

Master Gardener Lecture Series

Photo by Rebecca Last

Our Annual Plant Sale is on May 14

With more to come… so please stay tuned!



Boutique Special: 25% off our Puzzles!

Our beautiful 1000-piece puzzles, featuring cheery, colourful scenes from around our beloved Farm, are now on sale for $29.99. Choose from three delightful images – two from the Farm’s Ornamental Gardens (photographed by Richard Hinchcliff), and one created from a painting by artist Claudette Gratton. Inventory is limited, so place your order today!


Take a look at our puzzles – Buffet Garden and Le Jardin  to find your favourite! Available now in our online Boutique!

Upcoming FCEF Annual Events

2023 Used Book Sale: TBC

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute announcements.


New for Visitors to the Ornamental Gardens!

Self-guided walking tour of the Ornamental Gardens – English with descriptions and map.
Guide des Jardins Ornementaux – Français avec descriptions et plan.


Who we are
The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm are the volunteer gardeners who help 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.

Are you a member? We have new benefits: discounts at some local nurseries!
Support the Friends’ mission and receive membership benefits on Master Gardener Lectures.

Our Winter Greeting Cards are now available in our online Boutique! This set of 6 cards features images from the Farm in winter, at work and at play, photographed by Richard Hinchcliff (co-author of Building Canada’s Farm). Click here to place your order while supplies last.


Visit our Boutique to share books, puzzles, and greeting cards with friends and family all year long. We ship across Canada, and to the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Blooms is the Friends’ contribution to Canada’s 150th and tells the story of the Farm’s beautiful Ornamental Gardens. Take a peek inside! See how you can buy Blooms or our other publications for local 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

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.”



You may now visit the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens Collections at the Farm.

Self-guided walking tour of the Ornamental Gardens – English with descriptions and map. Guide des Jardins Ornementaux – Français avec descriptions et plan.


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