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March 4, 2007 : David Tarrant Retires from the Garden

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Staff gathered on Wednesday to say "bye bye" to David Tarrant.

After more than thirty-five years at the UBC Botanical Garden and a near endless list of accomplishments and influence, this was the last week of work for David before he leaves for an early retirement in sunny Mexico. It has only been a few days now, and he promises to stay in touch, but we all miss him already. David is known around the world as "The Canadian Gardener" because of his long-running popular television show. (At the end of my first day of working at the UBC Botanical Garden, my father called -- not to ask about my first day at a new job but to find out if I'd met David.) We in the Garden are lucky to know him as a wonderful and generous friend, a passionate gardener, a talented teacher and a hilarious co-worker. We'll miss him so much.

Posted by Andy Hill at March 4, 2007 4:25 PM

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