Fascinating Victorian Gardens

The Victorians loved geometric and symmetric features in their outdoor gardens. They used extensive lawns, bedding gardens, vines/shrubs, and lavish lawn flower beds to fill their home landscapes. They were fascinated with tropical plants. Their quest for more lead to the wanton destruction of tropical forests. During this period, the development of the “Wardian” case changed the collecting process and literally changed the course of history.


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Betsy Alexander

Betsy was a public health professional for 29 years in clinical services and health education.  She has been a Master Gardener since 2000 and has served on the St.Louis Master Gardener Advisory Committee, including 2016 chair and the Training Coordination Team.  She is currently on the education committee, the Outreach subcommittee of the Advisory Committee and is Speaker’s Bureau coordinator.

Betsy volunteers at the Missouri Botanical Garden: Kemper Center Front Desk, Kemper Center perennial gardens, and the Speakers Bureau.