Farm Notes - August 2018

Successful Completion
This project had an extremely succesful final year with well over 30 inscriptions/donations.  Thank you for all the support over the years since its inception in 2005.  The Shelterbelt garden will continue to be maintained by the volunteer gardeners of the Friends of the Farm.

New Selection of Photo Cards
Featuring Botanical Artwork

The Friends have a new selection of six photo cards from Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm and six new greeting cards featuring botanical and ornamental artwork from Farm artists Faith Fyles and Arthur Kellet.  The cards are $4 each or $20 for 6 and are only available to purchase at Bldg 72 Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2pm. They will also be available to purchase at the Friends' promotion table at Art on the Farm, along with our book selection.


In Memoriam
Dianne Dakers-Rayn

Long-time Friend of the Farm, Diana Dakers-Ryan died July 1 at the age of 88.
Diana became a Friends of the Farm volunteer in 1996 after retiring as an operating room nurse at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. She began on a gardening team, joined the craft group and was appointed to the Board of Directors to manage events, which she did for 15 years.
As well as planning and orchestrating each event, Diana took care of promotion and media contact. She loved to talk about the Farm, leading tours of various community groups around the site. She served as vice president of the Friends and was always keen to work in the gardens, most recently leading a rose team.
Through her tireless work for the Friends, she became known as "Mrs. Friends of the Farm." Later, when she married Peter Ryan, who added his energy and skills, we had our "Mrs. and Mr. Friends of the Farm."
Diana began the highly popular Victorian Tea 20 years ago and was always suitably dressed for the occasion. Peter was an avid volunteer with the Bytown Fire Brigade and in the photo here with Diana at a Victorian Tea, wears a vintage fireman's uniform.

Art on the Farm 
Saturday August 11 from 10am to 4pm in the Arboretum
Rain Date: Sunday Aug 12

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 featured including watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, photography, glass fusion and jewelry, wire works and stained glass, wood and leather, pottery and scroll saw art, and much more.  Our membership director Deborah Higdon-LeBlond will be displaying her LEGO art including a minifig scale model of the Anne of Green Gables house.  Please note these models will not be for sale.

The event is FREE to the public and runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday August 11 
with a rain date on Sunday August 12 (10am to 4pm).  New this year, a Tea Room will be available from 10:30am to 3:00pm in Building 72. The perfect place after browsing the art showcases to sip a cup of tea and chat with friends over home made baked goods.  The tea will be $10 a person and individual baked goods will also be available for purchase.

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

ORDC Open House and Bug Day
Saturday September 8 from 9am to 4pm

Friends of the Farm volunteers will assist AAFC scientists in greeting the public at the ORDC Open House on the Central Experimental Farm. This is a free educational event open to the public, all ages are welcome. View research displays, scientific instruments and materials, talk to scientists about their research, visit the Vascular Plant Collection, take a greenhouse tour or horse-drawn wagon ride, watch horse-drawn ploughing contests, speak with experts and view specimens from Canada's world famous National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, enjoy the specially planted wild pollinator garden and get tips for attracting them to your home garden, and see the beautifully restored Tropical Greenhouse. 

Bug Day 2018 is also happening in the K.W. Neatby Building on the Central Experimental Farm. I nteract with creepy crawlies in the live insect zoo, e njoy aquatic insects displays, g et tips on how to start your own bug collection, g o on a bug collecting expedition, bet on your favourite to win in the always unpredictable cockroach races.   Visitors are encouraged to bring in interesting insects and let the knowledgeable team of bug experts identify them. The  Entomological Society of Ontario, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are sponsoring Bug Day 2018. 

Parking is free in the lots around the Research Greenhouses and the Neatby Building.

Guided Arboretum Tree Tours
Explore this urban gem with tour leaders

September 23rd at 10am Trees Citizen Science: How to Document .   Join Owen Clarkin and come and learn how and why to document trees to the family, genus, and species levels for scientific/conservation databases all while emphasizing technique in photography.   Although the tours are free and open to the public,  please register in advance .

All tours start at  Building 72  in the Arboretum. Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance on each tree tour website pageDonations to the Friends of the Farm are gratefully accepted during the tour.

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  Sue Cummings 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.

Master Gardener Lectures
The tradition
expands with new fall lectures!

Every year the Friends partner with the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton to offer timely and informative presentations.

NEW this fall - two added lectures!
October 16 Bulbs for Year Round Enjoyment with Mary Reid

November 6  History of English Country House Gardens with Heather Clemenson( photo)

All presentations are from 7pm to 9pm in Building 72 just east of the Prince of Wales roundabout with free parking. Lectures can be purchased individually $12 members and $15 non-members. For more information, email or call 613-230-3276.

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. Membership benefits include o ne adult member of a family free access to  to the  Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, a quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and more

Blooms for your Garden
 For the Love of Trees Companion Book  

Friends of the Farm presents Blooms, a book about the Central Experimental Farm's Ornamental Gardens, introducing these heritage plants and the fascinating stories behind their creation. 

Localize your garden this year with made-in-Ottawa flowers, shrubs. By local author, Richard Hinchcliff, this book makes a great gift all year, and is the perfect read to prepare for spring. Cost is $35 plus GST. Take a peek inside for a preview. 

How do you get a copy?  Come to the Friends office in Building 72 weekdays Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2pm and purchase with cash, cheque, or credit and take it home!  Or purchase it online on our website with a credit card and pick up at the Friends' office in Building 72 or have it shipped to a location of your choice . For local booksellers, please see Blooms.

This set of important works is also available for purchase in the Boutique for $25 each plus GST: For the Love of Trees and also Ottawa's Farm. Need more information? Call 613-230-3276 or  e mail