June 16, 2019 @ 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: Explorer Rose Garden in the Ornamental Gardens west of the Prince of Wales roundabout.

As part of June Blooms, park in the 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 and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.


  • Take a guided tour of the CEF Explorer Rose Garden, when they should be at their mid-June best, conducted by the Friends expert Rose Team.
  • Roses have a long history at the Central Experimental Farm due to the interest in roses of William Saunders, the first director of the Farm, who was a hybridizer. Isabella Preston also hybridized roses.
  • Felicitas Svejda, who came to the Farm in 1961, sought to develop roses that would withstand Canada’s severe winters. Her seedlings went through a rigorous six year scheme, including in 1983 sending the roses to 20 test stations across Canada and to four in bordering states in the US.
  • The resultant Explorer Rose series brought her and the Farm international acclaim. These roses are named after early explorers of what is now Canada – John Cabot, William Baffin and Henry Hudson, to name just three of the thirteen.
  • Svejda was particularly proud of her Champlain rose, which combines absolute hardiness and a long flowering period of profuse bloom. View the Explorer Roses in the CEF Collection.
  • Get tips on which Explorer roses will work best in your garden and how to keep them happily blooming.

COST: Free admission, donations gratefully accepted during the tour

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