The Montreal Gardener
Today is the anniversary of the death of Stuart Robertson, who died on this day in 2009.
Robertson was a professional gardener in Montreal, although he was born in England. In 1981, Robertson began work as a gardening columnist for the Montreal Gazette. In 1982, Robertson added the title of a broadcaster to his repertoire as a member of the show Radio Noon on CBC Radio One.
Robertson also wrote two books on gardening. A passionate, leading organic gardener, his first book was Stuart Robertson's Tips on Organic Gardening, which was published in 2007. The following year, he wrote Stuart Robertson's Tips on Container Gardening.
At the age of 50, Robertson learned he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer of the lymph nodes. When it returned later in life, he received a bone-marrow transplant.
Robertson's colleagues recall him as a gentleman; he had class, strength, and optimism.
In an article announcing Robertson's passing in his hometown paper, The Gazette out of Montreal poignantly reported:
"His final column, which appeared Sept 19, read in part 'We're getting to the sad time of the year when we have to start thinking about cooler weather and the end of the growing season.'"