Mar
8
Tue
2022 MG lecture – Getting a Head Start on the Summer Growing Season
Mar 8 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: This meeting will be held virtually by Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants by 12:30 p.m. the day of the lecture.

This presentation will help you get your gardens off to a great start this summer by showing you how to grow your own vegetables, annuals, and some quick growing perennials from seed. Master Gardener Rob Stuart will talk about seed sowing, the types of soil, pots, watering, light, and temperatures required, and growing and hardening off your seedlings. As a bonus topic, he will also talk about starting plants from tubers and rhizomes.

Master Gardener Rob Stuart has been gardening since the age of 10, when he had his own vegetable plot that turned into a weedy disaster. Undeterred, he has had many vegetable and flower gardens over the years, wherever he has lived. Since 2003, he has focused on alpine gardening and is an active member of the Ottawa Valley Rock Garden and Horticultural Society. Rob takes full advantage of their annual seed exchange and has tried to grow most of his plants from seed, including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Lately Rob has explored other types of propagation via spores, cuttings, division, and layering. He has been in the Master Gardener program since 2016 and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences and learning from others.

COST: All payments can be made by pp-logo-200px

For PayPal, click on the appropriate purple price below. For credit card payment, email info@friendsofthefarm.ca to get instructions for credit card payments to complete the transaction.

Individual Lectures: 

$8 for Master Gardeners Master Gardeners: $8   

$8 for Friends of the Farm members (does not include Agriculture Museum members) FCEF Members: $8 

$10 for non-members. Non-members: $10   

Full set of 5 lectures:

$35 Master Gardeners: Series for Master Gardeners: $35

$35 FCEF members:    Series for FCEF Members: $35

$45 non-FCEF members:   Series for non-members: $45

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca for more information.

Apr
19
Tue
2022 MG lecture – Gardening with Native Plants in Ontario
Apr 19 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: This meeting will be held virtually by Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants by 12:30 p.m. the day of the lecture.

Master Gardeners Candace Dressler and Fran Dennett will discuss how different plants are native to different parts of the planet. They will give examples of the different biomes on the planet and the ecoregions and districts in North America, and will explain how to use plant nomenclature and plant tags to help determine if a plant is native to the Ottawa area. They’ll finish off with an overview of some of their favourite native plants.

Candace Dressler and Fran Dennett are Master Gardeners and members of the Gloucester Horticultural Society.

Fran has a Masters in botany and is a founding member of Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. She has been gardening and starting plants from seed in Ottawa for over 50 years. Candace is retired from IT and past-Director for Ontario Horticultural Association, District She learned to garden with her grandparents in the Prairies 40 years ago, and she hasn’t stopped. Candace joined Master Gardeners in 2017.

COST: All payments can be made by pp-logo-200px

For PayPal, click on the appropriate purple price below. For credit card payment, email info@friendsofthefarm.ca to get instructions for credit card payments to complete the transaction.

Individual Lectures: 

$8 for Master Gardeners Master Gardeners: $8   

$8 for Friends of the Farm members (does not include Agriculture Museum members) FCEF Members: $8 

$10 for non-members. Non-members: $10   

Full set of 5 lectures:

$35 Master Gardeners: Series for Master Gardeners: $35

$35 FCEF members:    Series for FCEF Members: $35

$45 non-FCEF members:   Series for non-members: $45

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca for more information.

May
3
Tue
2022 MG lecture – Biodiversity at a Crossroads
May 3 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: This meeting will be held virtually by Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants by 12:30 p.m. the day of the lecture.

 

Habitat loss, climate change, and the threat of invasive plant and animal species pose a significant risk to biodiversity in North America. This lecture will offer some encouraging words of hope, and a personal story documenting how Master Gardener Julianne Labreche, working in partnership with like-minded local gardeners, is making a difference.

Julianne Labreche has been a Master Gardener for more than a decade. She is a member of the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton and is also certified as a Master Naturalist. Her nature and garden articles are published regularly by Lee Valley. Julianne’s garden is certified with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and with Monarch Watch. She is a recipient of two Ontario Service Medals for her volunteer work. She loves to garden “on the wild side,” with a focus on native plants, pollinators, and birds.

 

COST: All payments can be made by pp-logo-200px

For PayPal, click on the appropriate purple price below. For credit card payment, email info@friendsofthefarm.ca to get instructions for credit card payments to complete the transaction.

Individual Lectures: 

$8 for Master Gardeners Master Gardeners: $8   

$8 for Friends of the Farm members (does not include Agriculture Museum members) FCEF Members: $8 

$10 for non-members. Non-members: $10   

Full set of 5 lectures:

$35 Master Gardeners: Series for Master Gardeners: $35

$35 FCEF members:    Series for FCEF Members: $35

$45 non-FCEF members:   Series for non-members: $45

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca for more information.

May
17
Tue
2022 MG lecture – Paint with Blooms
May 17 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: This meeting will be held virtually by Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants by 12:30 p.m. the day of the lecture.

There’s nothing quite as exciting to a gardener as seeing colourful blooms in the garden throughout the season. We can truly paint with blooms, whether we prefer a riot of colour or a more subdued palette. Master Gardener Nancy McDonald will provide tips for using garden design principles to ensure continuous colour in your garden, concentrating on perennials that live up to the expectations of Ottawa gardeners.

Master Gardener Nancy McDonald grew up on a farm on PEI and learned the practical aspects of gardening from her parents. Her love of flowers came from spending time in her grandmother’s beautiful mixed garden. After 42 years in a very fulfilling nursing career, Nancy’s thoughts turned to retirement and volunteer opportunities. She has been a member of the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton for 10 years. She is also a member of Friends of the Farm, the Ottawa Horticultural Society and the Gloucester Horticultural Society. Nancy enjoys her small suburban garden and the birds, bees, and butterflies that visit. She also enjoys making flavourful recipes in her kitchen using herbs and edible flowers from her garden.

COST: All payments can be made by pp-logo-200px

For PayPal, click on the appropriate purple price below. For credit card payment, email info@friendsofthefarm.ca to get instructions for credit card payments to complete the transaction.

Individual Lectures: 

$8 for Master Gardeners Master Gardeners: $8   

$8 for Friends of the Farm members (does not include Agriculture Museum members) FCEF Members: $8 

$10 for non-members. Non-members: $10   

Full set of 5 lectures:

$35 Master Gardeners: Series for Master Gardeners: $35

$35 FCEF members:    Series for FCEF Members: $35

$45 non-FCEF members:   Series for non-members: $45

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca for more information.

Jun
25
Sat
2022 Used Book Sale
Jun 25 @ 9:00 AM – Jun 26 @ 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

DETAILS:

  • Thousands of the best used books in Ottawa!
  • All fiction is alphabetized.
  • 18 categories of non-fiction plus many vintage books.
  • Special collections of books on art and music, CDs, and DVDs.
  • Great selection, great prices: $1 for pocketbooks, $2 for trade paperback, and hardcovers, $3 for new releases, deluxe editions, and special publications.
  • Do you have books to donate for our 2023 sale? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Please don’t drop off books any other time of year.  Thank you!

COST: Free admission

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

 

Sep
13
Tue
2022 MG lecture – Another Gardening Year behind Us
Sep 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: This meeting will be held virtually by Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants by 12:30 p.m. the day of the lecture.

Come fall, there is still plenty to do in the garden: planting, planning, cutting, trimming, composting, and more. So many tasks are required to wrap up another rewarding season of all things gardening! Master Gardener Mary Shearman Reid will guide you through putting your garden to bed.

From teacher to banker to garden centre owner, Master Gardener Mary Shearman Reid has, for the past 20+ years, found herself at Green Thumb Garden Centre (SE of Merivale and Hunt Club off Bongard). Mary grew up in a family of gardeners, worked as a gardener during her summers at university, and tries to find time to garden at home. She uses those practical skills and knowledge as well as her business and retail skills at Green Thumb. Mary is a member of Landscape Ontario, is a CLP (Certified Landscape Professional), and volunteers as a Master Gardener. Mary enjoys teaching for the local school boards, and speaking to garden clubs, horticultural societies, and other groups.

COST: All payments can be made by pp-logo-200px

For PayPal, click on the appropriate purple price below. For credit card payment, email info@friendsofthefarm.ca to get instructions for credit card payments to complete the transaction.

Individual Lectures: 

$8 for Master Gardeners Master Gardeners: $8   

$8 for Friends of the Farm members (does not include Agriculture Museum members) FCEF Members: $8 

$10 for non-members. Non-members: $10   

Full set of 5 lectures:

$35 Master Gardeners: Series for Master Gardeners: $35

$35 FCEF members:    Series for FCEF Members: $35

$45 non-FCEF members:   Series for non-members: $45

INFO: Email info@friendsofthefarm.ca for more information.

Sep
24
Sat
2022 Used Book Drop-Off
Sep 24 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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!
  • FCEF volunteers are ready to unload your boxes and bags of gently used and re-gifted books.
  • Please note: September 24 is the only drop-off day in 2022 when we can accept books from the public. Please respect Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada property and do not drop off books except on official drop-off days. Thank you!
  • We do not accept magazines, textbooks, or encyclopedias.

COST: None!

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