Sep
1
Sat
Annual Non-dinner Event
Sep 1 – Dec 31 all day

WHEN: September 1 to December 31, 2018

WHEREBuilding 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Please join the Friends for our popular annual fundraiser from September 1 to December 31
  • Not a single person will show up and we will be delighted – you can help the Friends of the Farm just by staying at home!
  • By purchasing tickets to this fundraising event that will never take place, you can help sponsor numerous activities in support of the Ornamental Gardens and Arboretum on the Farm.
  • Individual seats $25. Couples $50. Family $100. Table of Six $250. Community $500.
  • Your support is greatly appreciated and your donation is tax deductible.
  • You can contribute by using our new online fillable form for cheques or PayPal at Annual Non-dinner or Non-souper annuel.

INFO: Email membership@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Apr
2
Tue
Savvy Choices for Spring
Apr 2 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 2, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm 

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm,
east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Learn how to introduce new plants to your garden in the springtime.
  • Mary Shearman Reid and Stephanie Sleeth with MG Ottawa-Carleton will present ideas to help you plan your garden and will provide a wide range of tips for savvy shopping.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12      Non-member: $15

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

Apr
6
Sat
Volunteer Orientation
Apr 6 @ 9:30 AM

WHEN: Saturday April 6, 2019 at 9:30am

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • What better way to enjoy nature, fresh air, exercise, plant life and contribute to the beauty of the Farm than to join one of the Friends’ Gardening Teams?
  • For those interested in volunteering, come out and meet the garden team leaders and event coordinators at the Volunteer Recruitment Orientation
  • For more information on garden team duties, days and times, see Volunteer Activities

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email volunteer@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Apr
16
Tue
The Art of Rock Gardening
Apr 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 16, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm 

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm,
east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • This presentation is directed towards those who have minimal rock gardening experience.
  • This talk addresses the history of the art of rock gardening, along with identifying those individuals who have made large contributions to the introduction of rock garden plants from around the world.
  • Josie Pazdzior and Rob Stuart from Master Gardeners with MG Ottawa-Carleton will give suggestions for hardy plants suited to sun and or shade and will present their own experiences, successes and failures.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12      Non-member: $15

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Apr
17
Wed
Annual General Meeting
Apr 17 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN : Wednesday April 17, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: K.W. Neatby Building, Salons A & B, 960 Carling Avenue near Maple Drive

DETAILS:

  • The Friends’ board of directors cordially invite the public to attend the 2018 AGM, membership is not required.
  • The AGM will begin with a short business meeting and a presentation on The Flora and Fauna of Algonquin Park presented by Michael Runtz
  • This is followed by a guest presentation and refreshments, please register if you plan to attend.
  • Algonquin Park is one of Canada¹s best loved treasures. Its 7,600 square kilometers supports habitats ranging from towering southern hardwood forests to boreal floating peat lands, and these are home to myriad fascinating plants and animals. This highly visual talk will focus on some of the natural history highlights of this great park.
  • Free parking in the lot east of the K.W. Neatby Building, access from Maple Drive.

COST: Free admission, registration is required.

INFO: Register here or call 613-230-3276

 

Apr
30
Tue
Trees and Shrubs- the Backbones of your Gardens
Apr 30 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 30th , 2019, from 7pm to 9pm 

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm,
east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • This illustrated talk, presented by Master Gardener Diane McClymont Peace, will include little known and recently learned facts about trees and shrubs.
  • It outlines the choices for the gardener for hardiness and year round interest, what to look for, and recommended maintenance throughout the year.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12  Non-member: $15

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

May
12
Sun
Friends’ Plant Sale
May 12 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 12, 2019 from 9am to 1pm RAIN OR SHINE

WHERE: Parking lot beside K.W. Neatby Bldg at Carling & Maple Drive, follow the signs

DETAILS:

  • Get everything you need for your garden at our spectacular plant sale – here is this year’s vendor list
  • Over 30 of the region’s top specialty growers and nursery vendors are assembled in one location- no need to drive across town to visit each one!
  • Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton are on hand with free advice on all your gardening questions
  • Friends popular ‘plant coat check’ service is under the canopy – keep your hands free while shopping and volunteers help carry your treasures to your vehicle
  • Refreshment tables and sale of gardening books provide a nourishing break while shopping
  • For those interested in participating, download the registration document
  • Free parking on Maple Drive and in the Dominion Observatory parking lot

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted

INFO: Call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca

 

May
14
Tue
Kitchen Gardens
May 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 14th, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm 

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm,
east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • This illustrated talk, presented by Master Gardener Judith Cox, will explore several aspects of vegetable gardens though the ages.
  • This talk will outline how vegetables can be grown in large spaces or small pots giving the opportunity to everyone to try and harvest their own bounty.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12  Non-member: $15

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

May
19
Sun
Lilac Walk
May 19 @ 1:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 19, 2019, at 1pm

WHERE: Meet at the Macoun Garden in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Take a guided tour of the Central Experimental Farm Lilac Walk with the Friends expert Lilac Team
  • Visit more than 200 Lilac varieties in the CEF Collection, some dating to the turn of the last century
  • Some of the original lilacs planted in the Arboretum in 1886 were moved to the Lilac Walk in 1919
  • Park at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum lot (Pay and Display) and follow the signs

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Jun
4
Tue
Peony Lecture
Jun 4 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday June 4th, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm 

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm,
east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Percy Saunders the son of first director of the CEF introduced some marvelous peonies.
  • This talk addresses what makes these peonies breeding so valuable, his work and how gardeners around the world gained access to his creations.
  • Blaine Marchard a volunteer with Friends of the Central Experimental Farm will be hosting this lecture.
  • This is a free event, however a suggested donation of $10 would be appreciated.
Jun
15
Sat
Used Book Sale
Jun 15 @ 10:00 AM – Jun 16 @ 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 2019, from 10am to 4pm

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • It’s a 2-day sale for a reason – literally thousands of the best used books in Ottawa!
  • All fiction is alphabetized, 18 categories of non-fiction plus many vintage books.
  • Great selection, great prices – $1 for paperbacks, $2 for trade paperback and hardbacks, $3 for new releases.
  • Have books to donate? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday October 20 – please don’t drop off books any other time of year, thanks!

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Jun
16
Sun
June Blooms Garden Tours
Jun 16 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday June 16, 2019, from 10am to 2pm – will be cancelled in case of rain, check www.friendsofthefarm.ca 

WHERE: Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

Park in Ag Museum lot (Pay & Display). The Friends of the Farm will be at the Farm entrance near the Museum parking area with additional information on garden tours. Light refreshments will also be available.

DETAILS:

  • A gem in the heart of Canada’s Capital, the Central Experimental Farm’s Ornamental Gardens have enchanted visitors for more than a century.
  • Friends of the Farm invite you to join them in the spectacular gardens on this National Historic Site.
  • Friends expert garden volunteers will offer free guided tours of the CEF Ornamental Gardens including these historic gardens
  • Peony – Heritage RoseExplorer Rose
  • Macoun Memorial Garden, Rock Garden, Perennial and Annual Gardens, Iris and Daylily Gardens

 

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tours

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Jul
20
Sat
Victorian Tea
Jul 20 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday July 20, 2019, from 2pm to 4pm Rain Date is Sunday July 21. Ticket sales end at 3:15pm or until sold out – tea is served until 4pm.

WHERE: Next to Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Classic tea is served under the trees at the Arboretum
  • This annual event brings out the Victorian flair in all of us!
  • Dress in period garb (optional) and enter the Best Hat and Best Costume Contest (Men and Women)
  • Enjoy listening to live music on the lawn
  • Serving handmade finger sandwiches, scones, and piping hot tea in fine china cups on outdoor tables and chairs
  • Judging for best costume with take place at 3pm and winners will be announced at 3:15pm

COST: High tea is $15, reservations are NOT required

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Aug
17
Sat
Art on the Farm
Aug 17 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday August 17, 2018, from 10am to 4pm (rain date Sun Aug 18)

WHERE: Next to Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • This special summer event showcases local and regional artists displaying and selling their original artwork
  • There isn’t a more beautiful setting than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum!
  • So much to savour in one day – oil and acrylic paintings, stone and wood sculptures, glass art and jewelry, pottery and stoneware, landscapes and portraits, photography, fiber and paper designs, woodwork and accessories – here is this year’s exhibitors list and a short bio of this years participating artists.
  • If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please see the Registration Form or Formulaire d’inscription
  • Also featuring a sale of art books and prints.

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Sep
10
Tue
Cooking with edible flowers and herbs
Sep 10 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday September 10th, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm,
east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • This illustrated talk, presented by Master Gardener Nancy McDonald, discusses easy ways to use both edible flowers and herbs in food preparation.
  • She will have samples of some of her favorites resulting in ideas for participants to try.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members pp-logo-200px Member: $12  Non-member: $15

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276

 

Oct
19
Sat
Used Book Drop-Off
Oct 19 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday October 19, 2019, from 10am to 3pm

WHERE: Building 72 in the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout

DETAILS:

  • Clean out your shelves and donate your books for a great cause – this is the only drop-off day in 2019 when we accept books from the public
  • Friends volunteers are ready to unload your boxes and bags of re-gifted books
  • We do not accept magazines, textbooks or encyclopaedias
  • Please note – respect Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada property and do not drop off books except on official drop-off days, thanks!
  • Check the calendar for our Used Book Sale in June 2019 and find that elusive title or stock up for your summer reading

COST: Free admission

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276