Farm Notes - August 2018
Annual Non-dinner Event
Popular annual fundraiser starts September 1st

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 $150.. 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 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. The botanical cards are from artists Faith Fyles and Arthur Kellett.  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. 

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 .

October 14th at 2pm  Nature Vs City at the Shelterbelt.  Join Roman Popadiouk and come and learn how these trees which were planted as part of the Shelterbelt project resist all kinds of extremes in their challenging environment.  Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance.   Parking will be available on side streets west of Merivale (eg Celebration St or Crystal Park Crescent)

All tours start at  Building 72  in the Arboretum except Nature Vs City at the Shelterbelt which will start athe the Shelterbelt.  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.

OHS-FCEF Joint Project Update
Celebrating the role of the Central Experimental Farm

In 2017 the Friends joined the  Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS) in a special project to celebrate the  125th Anniversary of the OHS and the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The project recognized the importance of hybridization in the development of plants for the Canadian climate and the critical role played by the Central Experimental Farm in promoting horticulture in the last hundred years and in creating ornamental plants so beloved by gardeners today.
The Macoun Memorial Garden phase of the project was completed with an unveiling ceremony in June 2018. Using historical records, perennials favoured by Macoun were replanted in the north entrance to the garden, close to the Driveway, and a memorial plaque was installed. The Macoun Memorial Garden (in the Ornamental Gardens) was opened in 1936 to commemorate William T. Macoun, Dominion Horticulturist from 1910 until 1933, on the site of his former house. He was also President of the OHS in 1899. Scan the QR code on the memorial plaque for info.
The Hybridization at the CEF phase of the project, completed in 2017, recognized significant achievements in hybridization, specifically the work of three hybridizers: Isabella Preston (lilacs), Felicitas Svejda (Explorer roses), and A.P. Saunders (peonies). Plaques recognizing the work of each of them, as well as the importance of hybridization in Canada, have been installed at the pergola in the Ornamental Garden at the Central Experimental Farm. Scan the QR codes with your smartphone for all the details.
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  Susan McGregor 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