James Ford Garden

[b. Feb 19, 1847, Upper Woodstock, NB;d. Dec. 8, 1914, Vancouver.]

Mayor Garden, elected for three one-year terms in a city perched upon a decade of spectacular growth had “the respect and confidence of all classes”. As well as influencing the physical development of the city, Garden was literally a leader, in 1899 heading a march of citizens to Deadman’s Island in to stop Theodore Ludgate from logging it. The so-called Ludgate Affair began when Mayor Garden read the riot act, defying Ludgate to “chop that tree.” He did, and was promptly arrested. Years of litigation followed, and eventually Ludgate’s 25-year lease from the federal government was cancelled, it being determined the property was part of the federal agreement granting Stanley Park to the city in perpetuity. As an engineer, Garden’s influence on development of the city’s infrastructure is obvious. Projects he guided through development include an early street car system, sidewalks, road grades and water connections. Mayor Garden also donated the land known today as Garden Park.