Introducing the Latest Addition to our Boutique!

“The book is a remarkable accomplishment, one that so beautifully demonstrates that heritage value is inextricably woven into the site and buildings, in both tangible and intangible ways.”
Robert Martin, Principal Architect, Robertson Martin Architects.

Building Canada’s Farm is a beautiful, engaging new book that explores the iconic buildings of the Central Experimental Farm and the storied history they represent. Each building was carefully situated in a pastoral landscape planned by the Farm’s founding director, William Saunders. Filled with stunning photographs and fascinating history by local authors and Friends of the Farm volunteers Richard Hinchcliff and Patricia Jasen, Building Canada’s Farm celebrates the Farm’s many achievements and the people responsible for them. Please visit our Boutique to get your copy via pre-arranged curb-side pickup or shipped to your home.

Four seasons of greeting cards are now here!

Our new Fall Greeting Cards round out the year

Featuring the stunning photography of our own Richard Hinchcliff, author of Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens (also available here in our Boutique), each season is available in sets of 6 unique images for $20, regularly $24.

Our new Fall Greeting Cards are here! These lovely cards celebrate the Arboretum wrapped in all its autumnal glory with 6 unique images.

New for the holidays in 2021! Our new set of Winter Greeting Cards reimagines our 2020 Winter set. Filled with images that capture the pristine beauty of the Farm in winter, at work and at play, this set of six greeting cards is perfect for sending holiday cheer to family and friends–or as a gift set.

Our Summer Greeting Cards include images of the Ornamental Gardens and the Farm in riotous colour, featuring our favourite rose and rock gardens and stunning sunflowers. Perfect for sending greetings to friends and family, or as a gift set.

Our set of six beautiful Spring Greeting Cards features colourful images of the Dominion Arboretum and the Farm in their blooming glory and are perfect for sending birthday and Easter greetings to friends and family.

Our 2020 set of six beautiful Winter Greeting Cards are still available for a limited time. Only a few sets remain!

Our fabulous publications

We’re delighted to introduce the latest addition to our collection of books: Our Farm in the City, by author Kalli Dakos and illustrated by Erin Mercer. This delightful book of prose poetry for children sees our beautiful Farm through fresh young eyes, and introduces the animals, plants, and insects that make our Farm unique in the world. You’ll meet Dotty the cow and Precious the piglet, and the scientists who help everything grow strong and healthy.Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, by local author Richard Hinchcliff, pays tribute to the successes of ornamental horticulture at the Farm and the beauty of the gardens within this National Historic Site. The reative designer is Alison Hall, who designed our popular For the Love of Trees book. For a preview of the Blooms book, LOOK INSIDE!

For the Love of Trees is now SOLD OUT!

The Friends of the Farm are pleased to offer For the Love of Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm Arboretum by Richard Hinchcliff and Roman Popadiouk, with illustrations by Karen (Gier) Cameron, is an illustrated tribute to the heritage collection of trees at the Arboretum from 1889 to the present. It reveals over 580 colour photographs and 75 drawings of 92 tree species.ottawasfarm-coverFor over 125 years, the Central Experimental Farm has gained international recognition as a centre for agricultural research. But a farm is also the men, women, and children, who lived and worked here over the last century. Ottawa’s Farm and its “farm kids” by Helen Smith and Mary Bramley, is a must-have for all history-lovers and those who wish to know more about the Farm and its kids who grew up in a unique rural community.


“This book is about Canada and its development, about brave and dedicated men and women, and their successes in the face of adversity…. One Hundred Harvests has been written to help celebrate a century of agricultural research into soil management, crop and animal production, protection, utilization, food quality and food processing.” Excerpts from the Forward by E.J. LeRoux, ADM, Research, Ottawa, January 1986. Available from Better World Books.