Farm Notes - December 2017
Ottawa Hospital Zoning Engagement
Parking expected to be a hot topic

View of new hospital site from the northwest corner.
A year after the former Sir John Carling site was selected for The Ottawa Hospital, officials  are now turning to the public for input on  what the new institution should look like, according to the Citizen The hospital is hosting several information sessions across the region to engage and inform the public. 

City planning officials are looking at zoning for the new hospital, which will place a hold on final approval for the site until certain conditions are met.  The "hold" provision in zoning allows a municipality to signal its intention, but to restrict future uses of a site until conditions are met.

Upcoming public engagement dates and locations:

Thursday Dec. 7: 7 to 8:45pm at Tom Brown Arena 141 Bayview Rd, Ottawa 
Monday Dec. 11: 7 to 8:45pm at Old Town Hall Upstairs room 61 Main St, Ottawa

Are You a Member? 
Join our mission to protect and preserve the Farm 

Join  the Friends of the Farm to influence decision-makers to preserve the integrity of this cherished National Historic Site and its exceptional setting in the heart of Ottawa.

The future of the Farm as we know it is more important than ever. Over the past number of years, there has been continued pressure on research projects and jobs from budgetary constraints. While the core research areas remain, the Farm lands, Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and historical buildings still need constant care and protection. If lost, this jewel can never be replaced.

Become a member today and support the Friends' mission  to bring the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens to their full potential. Become a  member today and receive benefits such as our quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and free admission to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

Annual Non-dinner Event
Popular annual fundraiser is back - until December 31

You're invited!
   Please join the Friends for our Annual Non-dinner Event happening right now.
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 will help the Friends sponsor numerous activities in support of the Ornamental Gardens and the Arboretum on the Central Experimental Farm. 
Your support is greatly appreciated and your donation is tax deductible. 

Individual seats $25.. Couples $50.. Family $100.. Table of Six $150.. Community $500
You can contribute by using our new online fillable form 
for cheques or PayPal at 

The fundraiser ends December 31, 2017.

Gift Giving Made Easy!
Blooms, For the Love of Trees, and Ottawa's Farm

Share our books with friends and family this holiday season! W e ship across Canada and to the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Want to learn more about Canadian Heritage right here in the heart of Canada's capital?  Look no further than Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm for inspiration, historical insight, and a profound love of our natural environment. From the enduring blossoms of the Ornamental Gardens, to  the majestic trees of the Arboretum and  rich evolution of research on the Farm, there is something for everyone!

Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm by Richard Hinchcliff  -  $35 + GST

For the Love of Trees:  A Guide to the Trees of Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm Arboretum by Richard Hinchcliff and Roman Popadiouk -  $25 + GST

Ottawa's Farm:  A History of the Central Experimental Farm written by Helen Smith, photography by Mary Bramley -  $25 + GST

How do you get a copy of our books -  see our website for details  - including pay and pickup at Bldg. 72, purchase on our website, or visit a local bookseller.

Blooms book reviews include the
Ottawa Citizen and the  Canadian Field-Naturalist. Take a peek inside Blooms and see why it's called "first and foremost, gorgeous."

OHS-FCEF Joint Project Update
QR codes now on plaques in the Ornamental Gardens

Plaque commemorating Isabella Preston's work.
Celebrating the Role of the Central Experimental Farm
The Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS) has joined with the Friends of the Farm on a special project to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 125th Anniversary of the OHS. The project recognizes the importance of hybridization in the development of plants for the Canadian climate and how the Central Experimental Farm played an important part in promoting horticulture in the last hundred years.
The first phase of the project (2017) recognizes significant achievements in hybridization, and specifically the work of three hybridizers: Isabella Preston (lilacs), Felicitas Svejda (Explorer roses), and A.P. Saunders (peonies).  Scan the plaque QR codes with your smartphone for all the details.
A second phase of the project (2018) will see a new planting of historical perennials in parts of the Macoun Memorial Garden, at the north end of the Ornamental Gardens. This garden was opened in 1936 to commemorate William T. Macoun, Dominion Horticulturist (1910 until 1933) on the site of his former house. William Macoun was also President of the OHS in 1899. 
Merivale Shelterbelt
 Last opportunity for plaque inscriptions

Shelterbelt Plaque Ceremony
Thousands of trees once marked the northern and western boundaries of the Central Experimental Farm. The Friends of the Farm have been working diligently on the Merivale Shelterbelt to recreate a boundary forest at the western edge of this National Historic Site. It beautifies the surroundings, provides a recreational path, protects the fields from salt and soil erosion, and helps clean the air at the Farm and neighbourhoods nearby.

The project is almost finished, so this year will be the last opportunity to help complete this important project.

Until July 31, 2018 you can donate to this beautification project in the name of someone or something you care about. An inscription on a plaque will acknowledge your contribution. Plaques are on a commemorative wall in the plaza or rest area on the pathway. The wall acknowledges the official opening of the Shelterbelt and pavilion by the Governor-General of Canada in 2005.

Thanks to many generous donors, the Friends' volunteers have planted new trees and shrubs each year.  We have room for one more year's donations. Help us build this beautiful green space and place a personalized inscription to a loved one or a special cause. Donations must be made by July 31, 2018, to be included in the final annual celebration in September 2018. For more information please visit the Shelterbelt page.

Celebrating Our Volunteers
You are the fuel that powers our activities!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish to express our enormous appreciation to our members, volunteers, donors, AAFC staff and everyone who contributed to the success of the Friends activities in 2017.

Thank you for a spectacular year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!
For more volunteer photos and activities, go to Volunteer on our website. 

Volunteer Spotlight  
Over 10,000 hours donated each year

Did you know that Friends' volunteers donate over 10,000 hours every year  to support its mission and activities? Every month a different volunteer is highlighted on the Friends website. We invite you to read the stories of our volunteers such as  Linda McLaren our Volunteer of the Month

Previous spotlights are also listed.  Each volunteer has an interesting story to tell and a unique connection and commitment to the Farm. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by the entire community! Thank you.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! 
Joyeux Noël, Joyeux des fêtes!
And all the best in 2018! Et le meilleur en 2018!
May the peace of the season be with all our members, volunteers, supporters and stakeholders. From the entire Board of Directors, we wish you a 
Happy Holiday and a healthy New Year.
À l'ensemble de nos membres, bénévoles, supporteurs et intervenants, nous offrons nos vœux : que la paix du temps des fêtes règne dans vos cœurs.
Les membres du conseil d'administration vous font part de leurs souhaits également : que vous passiez un heureux temps des fêtes et que vous jouissiez 
d'une santé prospère tout au long de 2018.
Photo by Raymond Roy.