Alessandra Vinciguerra, horticulturist, has been Bass Superintendent of Gardens at the American Academy in Rome since 1992. She is responsible for the restoration, horticultural management, and ongoing maintenance of the Academy’s gardens on the Janiculum Hill. She is president of the William Walton Foundation and director of La Mortella Gardens, in Ischia, considered one of the most beautiful gardens of Italy, where she is in charge of landscape and horticulture, and oversees the musical and cultural programs of the Foundation. She is Trustee of the William Walton Trust in England. She has been a consultant for the restoration of the gardens of Villa Taverna, residence of the US Ambassador in Rome, and Landriana, a Russell Page-designed garden south of Rome. Alessandra, who also has a degree in Medieval History, started her career at Ninfa Gardens; in the early 2000s she appeared as garden expert in television programs on national Italian TV (Rai) such as Geo & Geo and Uno mattina. From 2001 to 2018 she was project manager and organizer of the Spring and Autumn Garden Festival at Landriana Gardens. She often lectures about gardens in Italy and abroad. She curated for the Academy the exhibition and book: Russell Page - Portraits of Italian Gardens (Electa, 1998) and has contributed to the volumes The gardens of diplomacy, Foreign embassies and academies in Rome (Electa, 2003) and Italian villas and gardens (Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, 2004).