Director, Reford Gardens/Les jardins de Métis, PQ. Canada

Educated at the University of Toronto and Oxford University, Alexander is a historian by profession but turned his attention to gardens twenty years ago when he left a position at St. Michael’s College to run Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens) in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence region. The great-grandson of the garden’s creator, Elsie Reford, he has been instrumental in restoring the gardens and the historic buildings on the property. In 2000, he founded the International Garden Festival, which has been acclaimed by critics and garden writers as one of the premier garden design events in the world.