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2016 EVENTS and LECTURES

Events, 2016
Bus Tour, 2016
Gardening Lectures, 2016
Gardening Tours, 2016
Guided Tree Tours, 2016
Past Events, 2015


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EVENTS, 2016

NATIVE PLANT SALE - FLETCHER WILDLIFE GARDEN
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- Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Location: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive, south of the Arboretum
- Sale of native plants grown from harvested seeds.
- Help pollinators and butterflies, attract birds to your backyard.
- We’ll show you which native plant species are favourites with wildlife at the FWG and which species will do well in your growing conditions.
- We have milkweeds for monarchs, asters to suit any garden location, goldenrods, blue-eyed grass, bergamot, beardtongue, a few native grass species, and hundreds of other species from our own garden.
- Watch our web site www.ofnc.ca/fletcher for a list of species for sale.
- Volunteers will be on hand to show you where to park.
- Please help by donating your empty 4 inch SQUARE pots.

OPEN DOORS

DOORS OPEN OTTAWA - CENTRAL EXPERIMENTAL FARM
                     CEF MAP and PROGRAM

- Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm
- The Central Experimental Farm opens its doors to the public during Doors Open Ottawa 2016 - a free, fun, educational event for all ages.
- Friends of the Farm volunteers will assist researchers in greeting the public.
- Come see what’s growing in state-of-the-art greenhouses, learn about the history of the Experimental Farm, observe up-close the science of plants, witness horse-drawn plowing demonstrations, see field experiments and learn about our soil, view insect collections and tour the Herbarium and Tropical Greenhouse.
- For information call (613) 230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

"BOOKS FOR BLOOMS" BOOK SALE
                     POSTER           AFFICHE

- Saturday/Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE
- The best used book sale in Ottawa, choose from thousands of titles.
- It is a two-day book sale for a reason!
- Location: Building 72, Arboretum, C.E.F.
- Take the east exit off the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- Admission and parking free at Bldg 72
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

VICTORIAN TEA           POSTER           AFFICHE

- Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (will be cancelled in event of rain)
- Classic tea will be served under the trees of the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum.
- Dress in full Victorian garb (optional).
- Enter the best hat and best costume (male and female) contests.
- Bring a chair and listen to the live music.
- Tickets for formal tea - $10.00.
- Location: Building 72,C.E.F., off the east exit of the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

ART ON THE FARM           POSTER           AFFICHE

- Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE
- Rain date: August 14, 2016
- Artists working in various mediums will display and sell their original works under the trees of the Central Experimental Farm.
- Free admission.
- Location: Arboretum, around Building 72, east of the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- Information and Registration Forms for Exhibitors
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

- Date: September 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. FREE
- Location: K. W. Neatby Building, Salons A & B, Carling Avenue, near Maple Drive
- To register for this free event call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca.

USED DROP-OFF               POSTER               AFFICHE

- Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Save your books and re-gift them for a great cause.
- Please note that we do not accept magazines, textbooks or encyclopaedias.
- Location: Building 72, Arboretum, C.E.F.
- Take the east exit off the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

FALL FRENZY - ON-LINE AUCTION

- November 17 to November 25.
- Going, going, gone! Bid on great holiday gifts and services without leaving home.
- Use PayPal, cash or cheque.
- Pickup at Building 72, Arboretum.

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GARDENING TOURS 2016

LILAC WALK TOUR

- Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2 p.m.
- Take part in a guided tour with the Friends' Lilac Team Lilac Walk with the Friends of the Farm Lilac Team.
- Discover the many varieties of lilac that the C.E.F.has to offer.
- No registration required.
- Meet at the Macoun Garden, Ornamental Gardens
- Park at Ag Museum lot and follow the signs.
- Donations are gratefully accepted.
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

PRESTON LILAC TOUR

- Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 2 p.m.
- Take part in a guided tour of the Isabel Preston Lilac Collection at the CEF with the Friends' Lilac Team.
- Ms Preston bred lilacs at the CEF in the 1920s and produced the first Canada-hardy hybrids.
- No registration required.
- Location: near the 'Friends' shed at the Ornamental Gardens, southwest of the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- Donations are gratefully accepted.
- Park at Ag Museum lot and follow the signs.
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

PEONY TOURS

- Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon
- Guided tours will be offered of the CEF Peony Beds with the Friends' Peony Team.
- Get tips on what would work best in your garden and ways to keep your peonies happily blooming.
- Location Peony Beds, Ornamental Gardens, southwest of the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- Donations are gratefully accepted.
- Park at Ag Museum lot and follow the signs.
- For information call (613)230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

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BUS TOUR, 2016

THREE SPECTACULAR GARDENS TOUR!

- July 12 -15, 2016.
- The first stop is at Sainte Croix, Que., to visit Domaine Joly de Lotbiniere, 40K this side of Quebec City.
- On the second day we will visit the Reford Gardens in Métis Sur Mer in Gaspé.
- On the third day we will visit the Botanical Gardens in Edmundston, N.B.
- On our return on Day 4, we visit the historic village of many carvers of St. Jean Port Joli.

First Come, First Served on the Bus
- Price includes bus transportation, entrance fees to the three gardens, guided tours of the gardens, three nights' hotel accommodation, three breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner, and the services of a Friends' tour guide
- Cost is $625 per person for double occupancy; for single occupancy, add $210.
- Bus Trip Itinerary
- Information on Gardens
- Registration
- For more information e-mail Friends of the Farm office or call 613-230-3276.

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GUIDED ARBORETUM TREE TOURS

- Although the tours are free and open to the public, please register in advance at info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613 230-3276.
- Donations to the Friends of the Farm will be kindly accepted during the tour.
- For more information e-mail info@friendsofthefarm.ca or call 613-230-3276.

How Trees Get Started

- June 26, 2016.
- Tour guides - Robert Glendinning and Eric Jones.
- Trees have found many ways to reproduce and ensure survival of their kind.  Tree sex is the secret as to why there is so much variety in trees, from towering giants to contorted shrubs.  Because trees are so important to humans, people have also learned ways to start new trees: through seeds, cuttings and grafts.   Come learn how it works.
- The tour will start at 2:00 pm at Building 72 in the Arboretum.

Oaks and Conifers, Universally Fascinating

- July 17, 2016.
- Tour guides - Owen Clarkin and Eric Jones.

Selecting Trees for Different Sites and Purposes

- August 21, 2016.
- Tour guides - Eric Jones and Roman Popadiouk.

National Tree Day

- September 21, 2016. (Note this is a Wednesday!)
- Tour guides - Jacob Sheppard and Robert Glendinning.
- What you need to know about planting and caring for trees (including a tree-planting ceremony on the Farm).

From Trees To Us

- October 16, 2016.
- Tour guides - Jacob Sheppard and Mike Rosen.
- What trees offer, historically and in modern times. (Note: Tree Canada co-sponsor)

Tree Forms and Shapes, Selection and Identification

- November 20, 2016.
- Tour guides - Roman Popadiouk and Owen Clarkin.
- Tour of trees and hedges on the Farm grounds.

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PAST EVENTS, 2015

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT ORIENTATION

- Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. FREE
- Come out and meet the garden team leaders at the Volunteer Recruitment Orientation.
- Location: Building 72, Arboretum, C.E.F.
- Take the east exit off the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- For more information see Volunteer Activities

- Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 noon.
- details to follow

RARE & UNUSUAL PLANT SALE
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- Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rain or Shine FREE
- New specialty growers and plant vendors are coming and your favourites are back for your pleasure.
- Plant sale vendors.
- Several Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton will be available with free advice and to help you with your gardening problems.
- Once again, the Friends offer plant "coat checking" facilities.
- Shop until you drop and volunteers will help you carry your treasures to your vehicles.
- Location: Parking lot beside Neatby BLdg. at Carling & Maple Drive, Lot #293, C.E.F. Follow the signs!
- Free parking on Maple Drive and the Observatory parking lot.
- Free admission, however, donations to the Friends of the Farm gratefully accepted.
- For information call (613) 230-3276 or
e-mail us at info@friendsofthefarm.ca

GARDENING LECTURES 2016

                      POSTER            AFFICHE
These four Master Gardener lectures are available individually or as a series.
- Individual Lectures: $12 FCEF member, $15 non-members.
- Lecture series: FCEF Members $40, Non-Members $50
- Location: Building 72, Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm.
- Take the east exit off the Prince of Wales roundabout.
- To register or for information call (613) 230-3276 or e-mail us at
info@friendsofthefarm.ca
Member Series $40      Non-member: $50

"Yes, You Can Grow Vegetables!"- Esther Bryan

- Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Come and learn how you and your family can plan, plant and care for a vegetable garden.
- Practical advise will be shared by Esther who gardens with her children growing nutritious produce.

       Member: $12      Non-member: $15

"Herbs in Your Garden - Easy, Nutritious and Delicious" - Nancy McDonald

- Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Annual and perennial herbs are great additions to your garden and your kitchen!
- You can also grow some herbs indoors to add zing to your winter culinary delights.
- Planting, harvesting, uses and preserving ideas for your herb bounty will be presented.

       Member: $12      Non-member: $15

Plant Guilds: Taking Companion Planting to the Next Level - Rebecca Last
- Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Plant guilds are a relatively new concept that has emerged from the permaculture movement.
- Where companion planting aims to ensure that plants growing close together do not compete with each other, plant guilds are modelled on ecosystem principles and attempt to create a low maintenance community of plants that is self-sustaining.
- This talk will provide an introdution to the concept of gardens as mini-ecosystems, describe the main ecological functions of plants, and outline ways in which urban gardeners can work towards creating sustainable, low impact gardens that are abundantly productive.
       Member: $12      Non-member: $15

"All the Dirt on Container Gardening" - Catherine Disley Engler
- Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Want to create dazzling containers?
- Come, be inspired and learn how to choose the best plants for your location.
- Why certain soil is better than other.
- Leave knowing how to combine lush leaves and fabulous flowers to create show stopping Four Season Containers.

       Member: $12      Non-member: $15

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Flowering Trees: Blossoms and Pollination

- May 1, 2016.     New Date
- Tour guides - Robert Glendinning and Eric Jones.
- The tour will focus on showy tree flowers like the magnolias, but there is much to be learned about all trees in bloom. Climate change is also affecting the flowering and leafing-out of trees. Come and enjoy the colour as you learn about the trees.
- The tour will start at 2:00 pm at Building 72 in the Arboretum.

Birds and the Urban Forest

- May 22, 2016.
- Tour guides - Owen Clarkin and Arthur Goldsmith.
- Birds and Trees are inextricably connected. Trees provide habitat structure and food for many species of birds, while birds may act as agents for seed dispersal and can greatly influence the relationship of trees with their insect and fungal pests. Come for a guided tour of the Dominion Arboretum during the busy spring birding season, and learn more about Ottawa's birds, trees, and their relationships with each other.
- The tour will start at 2:00 pm at Building 72 in the Arboretum.

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