Garland was born and raised in Alburgh, Vermont, where he spent a lot of time on the farms that his grandfather and uncle owned. He and his wife, Patty, moved to Sarasota in 1979 and have three children and five grandchildren, all who reside in Sarasota. Garland joined Beneva Christian Church on Easter Sunday in 1999, and I began working as custodian-landscaper in 2013. His favorite hobbies are running barefoot on the beach, gardening, reading, and working out. He loves to travel and hopes to visit all 50 states — he has been to 31 so far. Garland is a history buff and enjoys spending time with his biological father and church family.