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July 25, 2008

Peter Wharton Memorial Fund

As many readers know by now, Peter Wharton, curator of the David C. Lam Asian Garden at the UBC Botanical Garden, died on June 30th 2008.

I was away, unfortunately, so I won't repeat the announcement of his passing here as it is no longer timely. It can be read on his web page, however: Peter Wharton (In Memoriam).

The garden has established a memorial fund to honour Peter. Please read the letter from the garden's acting director, Douglas Justice, below:

Dear Friends:

Peter Wharton had a long and productive career with UBC Botanical Garden. Throughout the past 30 years, he was instrumental in developing the David C. Lam Asian Garden, one of the highlights of the Botanical Garden.

In honour of his contributions to horticulture, and in consultation with this family, we have established the Peter Wharton Memorial Fund. We would like to grow this fund to be able to host an annual lecture that would bring a distinguished speaker to lecture on topics such as plant conservation and biodiversity. We feel this would be a fitting tribute to Peter, who will be remembered for his love of plants.

If you would like to contribute to the Peter Wharton Memorial Fund, please see below for instructions. Questions can be directed to Maryn Ellis, Development Officer, UBC Annual Fund maryn.ellis@ubc.ca or 604-822-5345).

Donate by cheque:
Cheques should be made out to the University of British Columbia with Peter Wharton Memorial Fund written in the memo section.

Mail to:
UBC Annual Giving
Attn: Maryn Ellis
500-5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Online by credit card:

Indicate Peter Wharton Memorial Fund in the "I prefer to donate to" field. You should also add Peter Wharton in the "Name of Person you Wish to Commemorate" field.

Donate by phone:
toll-free in North America at 1-877-717-GIVE

U.S. Donations:
Checks should be made out to the American Foundation for the University of British Columbia with Peter Wharton Memorial Fund written in the memo section.

Mail to:
The American Foundation for UBC
1718 M Street N.W. #155
Washington, D.C 20036-4504

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 10:22 AM

July 15, 2007

Summer Students Working in the Garden

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We are very fortunate to have found these four great people.

Gemma, Mia, Shasta and Shalea are all graduate students in the UBC Landscape Architecture Program. They are doing a fantastic job in caring for the garden and we hope that their work here helps with their future careers (and their tuition).

Posted by Andy Hill at 4:19 PM

July 11, 2007

Tony Maniezzo says...


"If the weeds don't grow, whatcha gonna hoe?"

We've decided that the horticulturists here need a catchy saying to challenge Tom's popular turf-centric motto that I wrote about earlier this week. Tony had a shot at it. I'm thinking hard about it. I wonder if there are any plant lovers out there that could help us out?

Posted by Andy Hill at 6:17 PM

July 8, 2007

Tom Barber says...

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"If you can't mow it, don't grow it!"

Visitors to the UBC Botanical Garden will probably recognize Tom right away. He has been with the garden for quite a while and works hard to keep all of the turf areas looking terrific. Tom certainly has a passion for his work. I'm not sure if his motto fits with the garden's collections policy, but it always makes me laugh when he says it.

Posted by Andy Hill at 7:14 PM

March 10, 2007

New Horticulturists: Brendan, Chris and Jackie

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Last month, three additional Horticulturists joined the garden's staff.

It is brilliant to now have Brendan Fisher, Chris O'Rourke and Jackie Chambers working here as Horticulturists. They are exceptionally talented individuals and we are very glad to have their fine skills and positive energy helping with the development of the UBC Botanical Garden. In just a few short weeks they have been busy removing wind-blown trees from the winter storms, planting the Carolinian Forest, building the rock walls for the Intermountain Habitat, pruning espaliered fruit trees in the Food Garden, planning the annual display for the entrance, and carefully grooming the gardens for our official opening this Saturday (March 17th). If you see them working, say hello!

Posted by Andy Hill at 8:25 PM

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 4:25 PM

February 22, 2007

Staff Photo - Feb 22, 2007


Taken today immediately prior to one of David Tarrant's retirement parties.

Posted by Daniel Mosquin at 5:20 PM

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