Dominion Arboretum and Central Experimental Farm

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Canada - Ontario - Ottawa

Institution Code: DAO

BGCI Member: No

About the Dominion Arboretum and Central Experimental Farm

located on the Central Experimental Farm of the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, Canada, 45°23'N 75°42'W. Established in 1889, the arboretum is Canada’s oldest. It is operated by the Department with the help of the volunteer Friends of the Farm. It is open to the public on foot sunup to sundown. It occupies 40 hectares (99 acres) and includes about 10,000 kinds of plants. Its special collections of flowering crabs, lilacs, lilies, and hedge plants are as much for experimental work and study as for display to the public. The Dominion Arboretum has three greenhouses, the largest of which (2,760 square m [30,000 square feet]) is used for research. It also has an herbarium containing some 695,000 preserved plant specimens for reference purposes.

Vascular Plant Herbarium - 800,000
National Mycological Herbarium (address as above) - 250,000 specimen - worldwide fungi especially Canada and arctic-alpine; collection of 12,600 fungus cultures.

Main Address:
Dominion Arboretum and Central Experimental Farm
Prince of Wales Drive
Ontario K1A 0C6 Canada

Telephone: (613) 230-3276
Fax: (613) 230-1238
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Doug Shouldice, President, Friends of the Farm
    Curator's Name: Jean-Pascal Gratton, Arboretum Supervisor
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Gisèle Mitrow, Plant Collection

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 40 Hectares
    Latitude: 45.39096
    Longitude: -75.70392
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 10000
  • Special Collections:Hardy woody and herbaceous plants, particularly Malus, Syringa and other ornamental cultivars.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes