An Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens
 at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm Arboretum

Richard Hinchcliff

Blooms celebrates the Ornamental Gardens, a place of beauty and heritage value at the Central Experimental Farm, a national historic site in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 

The book traces how research, education and beauty have transformed the gardens over more than 125 years.  

Roses, peonies, lilies, lilacs, irises, weigela, crabapples, chrysanthemums, and other flowers have all been bred at the Farm, giving it international prestige and bringing renown to its hybridizers.

Local author Richard Hinchcliff has been photographing the Farm and researching its history for many years.  He is co-author of the popular For the Love of Trees: A guide to the Trees of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm Arboretum, also published by the Friends of the Farm.  

Books will be available to purchase on October 19 at the website,

at the Friends of the Farm office at Building 72 in the Arboretum

(confirm beforehand the office is open),

and at local bookstores.  

For more information contact:

Richard Hinchcliff at


Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

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