Blooms, an Illustrated History of the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm
Start date: 18 October, 2016
End date: 31 December, 2020
Blooms is about the people and events that have influenced the way the Ornamental Gardens have grown from 1886 to the present day, and it introduces the spectacular past and present floral collections such as roses, peonies, lilies, lilacs, irises, crab apples, and chrysanthemums. It is illustrated with many fascinating historic photos of the gardens and the unique flowers that were bred here at the Farm, along with stunning photos that capture the splendour of the present-day gardens and plants. In Blooms, author Richard Hinchcliff pays tribute to both the successes of ornamental horticulture at the Farm and the beauty of the gardens within this National Historic Site. The creative designer is Alison Hall, who also designed the best-selling book For the Love of Trees about the Arboretum.
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Easy to read with gorgeous photography, Blooms is for all ages and backgrounds. As with most histories, some readers will be interested in the horticultural research and gardening aspects while others will appreciate the personal family stories of the original plant researchers. The photographs alone tell a vivid history of how the Ornamental Gardens emerged from a swampland into the heritage landscape and much loved (and visited) gardens on this National Historical Site. Blooms tells the saga of a pioneering spirit and the horticultural successes that all Canadians, visitors and especially Ottawans can truly appreciate and walk through with their families and friends.
Blooms serves to educate the public about the Ornamental Gardens at the Farm and how they came to be the beautiful and historic place we enjoy today. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary, it is even more important to reflect on past sacrifices and triumphs that may not be evident today yet were the building blocks for a young country looking toward the future. The unique landscape features and horticultural importance of the Ornamental Gardens (and Dominion Arboretum) are the legacy of the Central Experimental Farm tradition.