Celebrating the Role of the Experimental Farm

The Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS) has joined with the Friends of the Central Experimental Farm on a special project to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 125th Anniversary of the OHS.   The project recognizes the importance of hybridization 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.

The first phase of the project recognizes significant achievements in hybridization, and 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.

A second phase of the project will see a new planting of historical perennials in parts of the Macoun Memorial Garden. Located at the north end of the ornamental gardens, this garden 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.

The following volunteers assisted with this project: Lynn Armstrong, Anne Besner-Johnston, Rob Brandon, Richard Hinchcliff, Jayne Huntley, Kitty Langill, Lise Anne James Rogers, Denise Kennedy, Blaine Marchand, Jean-Regnault, James Robertson, Jean-Philippe Tabet and TuulaTalvila.


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