Project Introduction: English
It was felt that visitors who came to the gardens during the summer and who might be resting on the gazebo benches might appreciate reading about the significant individuals who spent many years at the Farm hybridizing shrubs and perennials to better deal with the Canadian climate and also improve the quality of the plants. Such individuals might include Isabella Preston (lilacs), Felicitas Svejda (Explorer roses), and A.P. Saunders (peonies). Plaques would be installed inside the gazebo with text in both French and English. By including a QR code or an electronic tag at the end of summary text a visitor using a smart phone would be taken to a web page with more information. The information would be located on both the OHS and the FoF websites. Some thought needs to be given to enable the information plaques to be protected from vandalism, perhaps by using a thin Plexiglas cover that could be cheaply and easily replaced. The text would be fully reviewed and approved by both the FoF team and representatives from Agriculture Canada. In addition to the plaques commemorating the three significant individuals, there would also be a companion plaque explaining to visitors what plant hybridization is, its importance in the development of plants for the Canadian climate and how the Central Experimental farm played an important part in promoting horticulture in the last hundred years.