Tree planting


Members of the Friends of the Farm Board with Senator Catherine Callbeck, and Dr. Maria Rodriguez and Gail Arsenault of the Research Centre at the Experimental Farm on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Senator Callbeck planted a Linden tree in the Premier’s Groove to recognize her time as Premier of Prince Edward Island.


Senator Catherine Callbeck and Lane MacLaren



Senator Catherine Callbeck is joined by Friends of the Farm Board Chair, Lane MacLaren and Research Station Director, Dr. Maria Rodriguez  at the Experimental Farm on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 while planting a tree in the Premier’s Grove.

Soaring to New Heights

Friends of the Farm is pleased to be partnering with Agriculture Canada,
Parks Canada, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and UPEI
(Robertson Library), to present "Soaring to New Heights: Kite Flying on
the Farm" as part of the 2014 Island  wide celebrations. 
This will be a festival of flying kites on our "Beloved Experimental
Farm", inviting the expertise of our newcomer communities who hold
centuries-old traditions of building and kite flying to share their
skills, and for islanders to travel that historical path to the
"Experimental Farm" to gather and celebrate. Parks Canada's "Ardgowan",
the adjacent property to "The Farm", where a Confederation party or two
was held, will be open to the public for walking tours. 
Please stay tuned to this website. As the details unfold, we will share
them with you!     

Summer News

The Board of the Friends of the Farm wish to let you know of activities this summer. We are pleased to tell you the following.
  • A memorial bench was placed in memory of Janice Simmonds, who served as Board chair until her passing in May, 2012.  The bench is on the Confederation Trail at the point where the road intersects the Trail in the middle of the Farm. A flower bed was created and filled with perennials and annuals. It is hoped that this will be enjoyed by all who pass through the Farm and that it will provide a pleasant resting spot.
  • The Royal Crown Garden is planted and looks beautiful. Vankampen’s Greenhouses provided the 1,600 plants at a 50% discount again this year. Planting was done by the staff of the Experimental Farm and Board members are tending both the Crown Garden and the Memorial Garden.
  • The Friends of the Farm was successful in receiving a small event grant from 2014 Celebration for “Soaring to New Heights- Kite Flying on the Farm”. The application was supported by the New Comers Association, The Robertson Library at UPEI and Parks Canada in recognition of the historical link with Ardgowan. Thanks to Laura Lee Howard, Board member for her preparation on this successful proposal.
  • Senator Catherine Callbeck will plant a tree in the Premiers Grove on the Farm. This will mean that all Premiers from Walter Shaw onward will have planted a tree.  Senator Callbeck will plant on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy the Farm and share this event.
The Board meets monthly with the exception of July and August
We wish everyone a pleasant summer.