Sunday April 28, 12:30pm – 2:00pm (with book signing)
Talk: “Innovation. Beauty. Sustainability. A Modern Rose Garden for the 21st Century”
1:30pm-2:00pm Book Signing
Alex Henderson has studied horticulture and museological studies in his native UK, Curatorial Practices for Botanic Gardens in the US and the Life and Science of Linnaeus through the Department of Molecular Evolution, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
He worked in the School of Horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, teaching and training students for the Kew Diploma in Horticulture and International Internship of Practical Horticultural Experience. He also assisted in delivering Kew’s Botanic Garden Management Course and was involved with the Kew Mutual Improvement Society founded in 1871 by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker to encourage the discussion of new and cutting edge ideas in the world of horticulture.
In 2006 Alex moved to Canada to become Curator of Living Collections at Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario. RBG is Canada’s largest botanical garden, part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere reserve and is Canada’s National Focal Point for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. RBG is also one of Canada’s plant biodiversity hot spots. In his role as Curator of Living Collections Alex is part of the Horticultural Management Team responsible for curating, developing managing and maintaining RBG’s plant collections and cultivated landscapes.
Alex is an active figure in the American Public Gardens Association having been a past Vice Chair and Community Chair of the Plant Collections Community Leadership team and in addition has presented and moderated sessions at symposia and annual American Public Gardens Association conferences. He also serves on various horticultural advisory panels locally in Ontario, has authored several chapters for books, articles for magazines and is a regular garden expert for CBC’s Ontario Today.