Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Building 72, Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm
Ottawa ON  K1A 0C6

Phone: (613) 230-3276

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm (FCEF) help to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the public areas of the Farm.

The FCEF was formed as a non-profit organization in 1988 with the support of Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC)* and a few of the department’s retirees. They set out a plan to recruit volunteers and members in the belief that such a volunteer organization, concerned about retention of the public areas of the Farm for heritage reasons and public enjoyment, could make a major contribution to the Farm’s future. This plan was essential to ensure continued public access to and enjoyment of the Ornamental Gardens and Arboretum.

The Friends’ mission is to maintain and enhance the Ornamental Gardens and Arboretum as directed by AAFC’s Arboretum Staff and Ornamental Gardens Staff.

The Friends also became versatile in creating several annual fundraising events to engage the public in many different ways on the Farm. With these funds the Friends are able to play an active role on various Farm projects of heritage value.

AAFC provides office space for the Friends in Building 72, adjacent to the Arboretum. We share this building with AAFC’s Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens Staff.

*Then known as Agriculture Canada.

The FCEF, also known as the Friends of the Farm, is an organization of committed volunteers and supportive members who care about the Farm in Ottawa.

We dedicate over 10,000 volunteer hours annually to the Farm. Some volunteers work in the gardens and ot

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm (FCEF) help to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the Dominion Arboretum, the Ornamental Gardens, the Merivale Shelterbelt and other public areas of the Farm with the expert guidance of AAFC Arboretum and

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Past Events

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting
07:00 pm - 18 April 2018

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

The Friends' board of directors invite the public to their AGM for a short business meeting followed by a guest presentation and refreshments. Please register in...

Volunteer Recruitment Orientation

Volunteer Recruitment Orientation
09:30 am - 07 April 2018

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Volunteer positions are now available for the Friends' garden and event teams. Come to the orientation and meet the team leaders, bring your questions and enthusiasm....

Photography on the Farm

Photography on the Farm
04:30 pm - 15 October 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

NOTE NEW TIME 4:30pm! The tour leader is Ramin Izadpanah, an award-winning photographer in Ottawa, specializing in landscape and nature pictures. In this workshop...

Non-green Parts of Trees: Bark, Branches and Roots

Non-green Parts of Trees: Bark, Branches and Roots
02:00 pm - 17 September 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Trees are well-known for their green leaves that create food and oxygen and turn beautiful colours in the fall. But what do we know about the other parts of the...

Destination Ontario 2017!

Destination Ontario 2017!
08:00 am - 18 June 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Spend three days with Friends Denise and Yvonne, your hosts on an exploration to discover Ontario. Tour includes Toronto Botanical Gardens, Grand River cruise, Point...

Insect Tree Tour

Insect Tree Tour
02:00 pm - 11 June 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Tour leaders will show evidence of insect activity on leaves, twigs and bark of various trees including the infamous emerald ash borer that is killing many of Ottawa’s...

Perennial Favourites: Macoun Memorial Garden

Perennial Favourites: Macoun Memorial Garden
10:00 am - 10 June 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Canada’s 150th and Ottawa Horticultural Society's 125th will be celebrated with a joint project by OHS and the Friends. 'Perennial Favourites: Macoun Memorial...

Research and Beauty: Hybridization and the CEF

Research and Beauty: Hybridization and the CEF
10:00 am - 10 June 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Canada’s 150th and Ottawa Horticultural Society's 125th will be celebrated with a joint project by OHS and the Friends. 'Research and Beauty: Hybridization and...

June Blooms! Strolling Through Garden History

June Blooms! Strolling Through Garden History
10:00 am - 10 June 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

WILL BE CANCELED IN CASE OF RAIN. The Central Experimental Farm’s Ornamental Gardens have enchanted visitors for more than a century. As a tribute to Canada’s...

Tree Leaves of Canada

Tree Leaves of Canada
02:00 pm - 28 May 2017

At Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Meet the trees that are early to join spring and those that wait until the last moment to leaf out. With a special nod to Canada's 150th, we'll locate provincial...

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