For the past decade, Alexandra Torres worked at the United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, as part of their Education/Public Programs Team. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in Plant Science from the University of Maryland. During her time with the U.S. Botanic Garden, she was certified as an ISA Arborist, specializing in areas of native tree care and garden sustainability. Over the years, she has had the joy and privilege of developing programs for audience ages 2 through adult, with topics ranging from proper tree care to the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in nature. She has a passion for the connection between plants and people and the role of plants in creating sustainable lives and environmental systems. She is an avid gardener and hiker and loves being outdoors. She recently left the garden to spend time caring for her 2-year-old twin boys. She looks forward to continuing to support better communities through plants and green spaces.