Farm Notes - June 2017
June Blooms!
Strolling Through Garden History on June 10

A gem in the heart of Canada's Capital, the Central Experimental Farm's Ornamental Gardens have enchanted visitors for more than a century. CEF Ornamental Gardens were selected as one of  Canada 150 Garden Experiences and is an Official Activity of Garden Days 2017.

As a tribute to Canada's 150th anniversary, the Friends of the Farm invite you to the gardens on this National Historic Site for  June Blooms!  Saturday June 10 from 10am to 2pm. Join the  Friends expert garden volunteers for free guided tours of the CEF Ornamental Gardens. Although there is no charge for the tours, donations are always kindly appreciated. 

In addition to the garden tours, the Friends' new book, Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm, will be available for purchase. Author Richard Hinchcliff will be on site to sign copies near the pergola. Other Friends' book publications will be available, as well as new photo cards selected from the Blooms book. 

Park at the Agriculture Museum parking lot (Pay and Display). The Friends' canopy will be at the Farm entrance near the parking area with information on garden tours and book signing. Light refreshments will also be available.

** Event will be cancelled in case of rain, check at**
More Blooms events:

June 6 at 7:30pm - Kanata-March Horticultural Society - Richard will present Photographing the Central Experimental Farm ( Blooms books available)

OHS-Friends Joint Project
Celebrating two anniversaries on the Farm June 10

This year marks a double anniversary: Canada's 150th since Confederation and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS). To celebrate, OHS and the Friends have joined forces to undertake a commemorative project with two components in the Ornamental Gardens. On June 10 from 10am to 2pm. OHS members will be on hand to introduce these projects to visitors. Read the full story on page 10 of our Spring Newsletter.

Research and Beauty: Hybridization and the CEF will be celebrated with information plaques (French and English) permanently installed in the pergola. One plaque introduces the project and plant hybridization at the Farm. Three other plaques detail the important work done by Isabella Preston (lilacs), A.P. (Percy) Sanders (peonies) and Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Explorer Roses). QR codes allow visitors with smartphones to access more information on the Farm's illustrious history of hybridization in Canada.

Perennial Favourites: Macoun Memorial Garden is a two year project with plantingsof historical perennials in the Macoun Memorial Garden. Opened in 1936,the garden honours William T. Macoun Dominion Horticulturist (1910-1933) and OHS president (1899) on the site of his former house. Using historical records perennials favoured by Macoun will be planted in the garden close to the Driveway. In 2017 an array of annuals with a colour scheme preferred by Macoun will be planted while the perennial plant discovery process is underway.

Guided Tree Tour of the Arboretum
Explore this urban gem with tour leaders

       Sunday June 11 - Insect Tree Tour 

Tour leaders will point out evidence of insect activity on leaves, twigs and bark of various trees.  This includes the infamous emerald ash borer tha t is killing many of Ottawa's trees.  They will also  comment on insects that are found on or off trees.  The tour will highlight the interdependence of plants, insects and birds, all providing support for the natural world.  The tour leaders are Christian Schmidt and Henri Goulet.
The tour starts at 2pm Building 72 in the Arboretum Visit  Arboretum Tree Tours.

Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance at  or call 613-230-3276. Donations to the Friends of the Farm will e kindly accepted during the tour 
Mark your calendars for upcoming Tree Tours!

Sunday July 9 at 10am - Tree Growth and Pruning with Jacob Sheppard 
Sunday July 30 at 10am  - What does it mean to be a Native Tree? with Owen Clarkin

Friends' Used Book Sale
Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, from 10am to 4pm


Thousands of the best used books in Ottawa are for sale at the Friends annual Used Book Sale. Enjoy browsing outstanding selections culled from the home libraries of friends and families from around the region. It's a 2-day sale for a reason!

Stock up now for your summer reading, find that very special elusive title, and don't forget to bring a friend. All fiction is alphabetized with 18 categories of non-fiction plus vintage books. Great selection, great prices - $1 for paperbacks, $2 for trade paperback and hardback.

Your support in donating books at our annual book drop-off makes it possible for this to be our biggest event every year. Heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors and tireless volunteers who sort and stack them! Have more books to donate? Hang on to them for the Fall Used Book Drop-off on Saturday October 21 (mark your calendar).

Victorian Tea in the Arboretum
Sunday July 30 from 2pm to 4pm
(will be cancelled in event of rain)

Classic Tea is served in 'the tea room under the trees' at the Arboretum! This annual event brings out the Victorian flair in all of us. Dress in period garb and enter the Best Hat and Best Costume Contest (Men and Women). Bring a patio chair and listen to live music on the lawn. The Victorian Tea is $13 per person and includes handmade finger sandwiches, scones, and piping hot tea in fine china cups on outdoor tables and chairs beside Building 72 at the CEF Arboretum, just east of the Prince of Wales roundabout. 

Reservations are not required. For more information call 613-230-3276 or email at 

You are invited to exhibit at Art on the Farm 
Saturday August 12 from 10am to 4pm in the Arboretum
Rain Date: Sunday Aug 13

Friends of the Farm's premier summer event Art on the Farm showcases local and regional artists. There isn't a more beautiful and peaceful setting in Ottawa than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum next to Building 72 on the Central Experimental Farm. A wide range of original media is accepted including watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, glass fusion and jewelry, wire works and stained glass, wood and leather, pottery and scroll saw art, and more.

The event is FREE to the public and runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday August 12 with a rain date on Sunday August 13 (10am to 4pm). A silent auction, food, and beverages will also be part of the event. 

If this natural setting is the place for your artwork, please visit information and registration material. For more information, call 613-230-3276 or email

Fall Frenzy Needs Your Pickles and Preserves
Planning on making pickles or preserves
over the summer and early fall?

If you are, maybe you could consider making a little extra for our Fall Frenzy event? The Friends are planning to create holiday 'goodie baskets' for the Fall Frenzy, our online silent auction scheduled for mid-November.

We are looking for 1/2 pint and 1/4 pint jars of jam, jellies, pickles, relish, chutney, and other preserves of your choice.

In October, we will be issuing another notice with details of drop-off times. At that time we will also be looking for volunteers to assist in packaging up the baskets for the silent auction. For more information contact or call 613-230-3276

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 Butcher 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!

Fletcher Wildlife Garden - Native Plant Sale
Saturday June 3 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Visit the Fletcher Wildlife Garden for their Annual Native Plant Sale! Hundreds of beautiful local wildflowers grow in the Ottawa area.These native plants attract and support local wildlife, including pollinators such as birds, bees, and butterflies. Loss of natural spaces has resulted in the decline of many species. FWG encourages growing native plants so that pollinators and other wildlife can find shelter and food.  A wide variety of native plants creates a garden that flowers throughout the summer and whose ecological balance makes herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers unnecessary.

Volunteers will be on hand to advise about which plants suit your garden.  The sale is located at FWG building on the east side of Prince of Wales Drive, just south of the Arboretum.

Canada 150 Lectures at the CEF
Free monthly lectures by ORDC scientists 

The Ottawa Research and Development Centre  (ORDC) is celebrating Canada 150 with a free monthly lecture series. The ORDC was formerly known as the Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre (ECORC) on the Central Experimental Farm. Here are the ORDC Canada 150 lecture listings including the upcoming June 15 lecture.

The public is invited to attend the free lectures at  K.W. Neatby Building , Salons A/B,  starting at  7:00pm.  Each lecture is about 45 minutes with a question/answer period following the presentation. Free parking is available in the lot beside and spaces around the building. For more information please contact Christine.Poirier@AGR.GC.CA.