Apr
4
Sat
2020 Volunteer Orientation
Apr 4 @ 9:30 AM

WHEN: Saturday April 4, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

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, and plant life, and to 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.
  • To register for our volunteer orientation, please complete this simple registration form.

COST: Free admission

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

 

Apr
21
Tue
2020 MG lecture – Our Gardens and Climate Change
Apr 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday April 21, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

photo by Diane McClymont Peace

DETAILS:

  • This illustrated talk, presented by Master Gardener Diane McClymont Peace, discusses climate change and its impacts as these affect our gardens. It will offer strategies and techniques to maintain resilient gardens, as well as suggesting how as gardeners, we can be better stewards of our changing environment.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF members, $15 non-members

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Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

May
5
Tue
2020 MG lecture – Colour through the Seasons
May 5 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 5, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

DETAILS:

  • This presentation by Master Gardeners Candace Dressler and Rob Stuart focuses on perennials that will introduce colour to your gardens throughout the year. Beginning with spring through summer, fall, and winter, we will identify those perennials that are hardy to the Ottawa area and that you can count on to be robust and colourful, whether your garden is full sun, full shade, or somewhere in between.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF members, $15 non-members

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Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

May
6
Wed
2020 Annual General Meeting @ Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm
May 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • The Friends of the Farm board of directors cordially invite the public to attend the 2020 AGM on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Membership is not required to attend; however only fully paid members can vote.
  • The AGM will begin with a short business meeting.
  • The meeting will be followed by a guest presentation by the NCC’s Tina Liu, and refreshments. Please register if you plan to attend. 
  • The membership desk will be open at 6:30 p.m. should you need to renew your membership, or you can renew online prior to the meeting.
  • Parking is free in the lot east of the K.W. Neatby Building, with access from Maple Drive.
Tina Liu is a landscape architect at the NCC and the design manager of the Capital Floral Program and Christmas Lights Across Canada project. Liu leads the design of year-round floral display in Canada’s Capital, which includes the Canadian Tulip Festival in the spring, and annual and perennial displays from summer to autumn. Liu’s presentation, entitled The Tulip Legacy and 75 years of Tulip Design in Canada’s Capital, will explore how design strategies constantly evolve and adapt to various cultural, social, economic, and climatic changes throughout the year, and how the NCC lives up to being the world’s largest spring flower show destination in public parkland and home of the largest Tulip Festival in North America.

COST: Free admission. Registration is required.

INFORegister here or call 613-230-3276

May
10
Sun
2020 Friends’ Plant Sale
May 10 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHEN: Sunday May 10, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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.
      • Many 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.
      • Our Friends’ popular “plant coat check” service is under the canopy, so you can keep your hands free while shopping. Our volunteers will help carry your treasures to your vehicle.
      • Refreshment tables provide a nourishing break while shopping.
      • Peruse our selection of new and used gardening books for sale.
      • Free parking on Maple Drive and in the Dominion Observatory parking lot.
      • COST: Free admission to the public, donations gratefully accepted.

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

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May
19
Tue
2020 MG lecture – Into the Night Garden
May 19 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday May 19, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

DETAILS:

  • Your garden is alive at night. Some scents are magnified and some plants open only at dusk. Night-time pollinators of fascinating sizes and markings appear in the dark. Master Gardener Judith Cox will help you discover how to make the most of your night-time garden.

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF members, $15 non-members

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Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

Jun
20
Sat
2020 Used Book Sale
Jun 20 @ 10:00 AM – Jun 21 @ 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, 2020, from 10am to 4pm

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 art and music, CDs and DVDs.
  • Great selection, great prices – $1 for pocketbooks, $2 for trade paperback and hardbacks, $3 for new releases, deluxe editions and special publications.
  • Have books to donate? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday October 24, 2020 – 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
28
Sun
2020 Victorian Tea
Jun 28 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
2020 Victorian Tea

 

WHENSunday June 28, 2020. Ticket sales end at 3:15 p.m. or until sold out – tea is served until 4:00 p.m.

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.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any food allergies or sensitivities.
  • Judging for best costume with take place at 3:00 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3:15 p.m.

COST: High tea is $15. Reservations are NOT required.

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

 

Aug
15
Sat
2020 Annual Non-dinner Event
Aug 15 – Dec 31 all day

WHEN: August 15 to December 31

WHERE:The comfort of your own home

DETAILS:

  • Please join the Friends for our popular annual fundraiser from August 15 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.

 

2020 Art on the Farm
Aug 15 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday August 15. 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE

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.
    • Also featuring a sale of art books and prints.
    • NEW – Vendor registration will soon be be available using PayPal – please come back soon to verify availability.

COST: Free admission

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

 

Sep
15
Tue
2020 MG lecture – Another Gardening Year Behind Us
Sep 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday September 15, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

DETAILS:

  • Come fall, there is still plenty to do in your garden. Planting, planning, cutting, trimming, composting . . . so many tasks to enjoy as you wrap up all things gardening for another rewarding season. Master Gardener Mary Shearman Reid will tell you how. 

COST: Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF members / $15 non-members

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Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

Sep
29
Tue
2020 MG lecture – A Garden for the Birds
Sep 29 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHEN: Tuesday September 29, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

DETAILS:

  • Wild birds are currently facing a multitude of threats across North America, and many bird species are in decline. Master Gardeners Heather Clemenson and Julianne Labreche will review the most common threats and provide you with some positive ways to encourage birds to visit your garden. Learn how to make your garden more bird friendly all year round!

COST: Individual lectures: $12 FCEF members / $15 non-members

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Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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

 

Oct
24
Sat
2020 Fall Used Book Drop-Off
Oct 24 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday October 24, 2020, from 10:00 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:

  • Clean out your shelves and donate your books for a great cause!
  • Friends volunteers are ready to unload your boxes and bags of re-gifted books.
  • We do not accept magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias.
  • Please note – we would ask you to respect Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada property and not drop off books except on official drop-off days, thanks!

COST: Free admission

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