Monica is a principal of Native Landscape Solutions, Inc. and serves as a Horticultural Consultant. She has been instrumental in numerous client projects in planning, design, implementation and cultural care/stewardship.
BS-Horticulture, University of Missouri, Columbia, with emphasis in Landscape Design
Associate in Applied Science-Horticulture degree St. Louis Community College – Meramec
Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, MO, 1978 to 1988, 4 years as part-time student(original plant shop, Japanese Garden),1.5 year assistant in Production Greenhouses, 4.5 years as Staff Rosarian
Monica was employed to develop and manage Bowood Farms Inc., Clarksville, MO, from its inception in 1989 until July 2003. Bowood Farms Inc., a leading wholesale grower of perennials, herbs, hardy roses, vines, ornamental grasses, native plants and shrubs for the St Louis area, producing high quality plants. Producing cutting edge new varieties and plants suited for the St. Louis climate.
2003- Founded Barker Horticultural Services LLC with husband Simon Barker, providing horticultural expertise in landscape planting design and selection for the St. Louis region.
Past Leadership in Associations:
Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association, Past President
Missouri Landscape and Nursery Association
Missouri Prairie Foundation
Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St Louis
Horticulture Co-op of Metro St Louis
American Horticultural Society
Perennial Plant Association