Farm Notes - October 2018
Call for Volunteers
Get involved with Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Get involved in helping to protect one of Ottawa's most beloved heritage sites. The FCEF requires a  Director of Events to help plan and deliver a variety of fundraising events. Good communication and organizational skills are an asset. Please send your resume to:

FCEF is looking for an Editor/Writer to assist with our quarterly newsletter. Be a part of our team! Resumes can be sent to

Annual Non-dinner Event
Popular annual fundraiser ends December 31

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. 
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 
The fundraiser ends December 31, 2018.

New Selection of Photo Cards
Featuring Botanical Artwork

The Friends have a new selection of 12 greeting cards with images from Blooms: An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm featuring  botanical and ornamental  artwork.  Six of the cards feature the botanical artwork of Faith Fyles and Arthur Kellett. Kellett's painting of Isabella Preston's Rosybloom crabapple 'Scugog' is shown here. The other six cards feature photographs of the Ornamental Gardens.   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. 

Guided Arboretum Tree Tours
Explore this urban gem with tour leaders

October 28th at 2pm   Endagered Trees and New Appearances. Join  Ken Farr and Eric Jones for the last tree tour of the season as they focus on trees that are listed on the Canadian Species at Risk Act, or closely related to endangered species.  Also visited on this tour will be many surprising tree species that regularly survive winter in Ottawa.   Although and  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.

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.

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  Rick Haas 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.

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,  the heritage plants in the Gardens, and the fascinating stories behind their creation.

By local author, Richard Hinchcliff, this book makes a great gift. 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 book is one in a 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