The Perfect Earth Project (PEP) is a rapidly expanding non-profit organization promoting toxin-free land management around the world. PEP operates from offices in East Hampton, New York, raising consciousness about the dangers of synthetic, toxic, lawn and garden chemicals to humans and the environment, and educating homeowners and professionals in nature-based techniques that provide beautiful, safe results.
PEP was founded in 2013, by Edwina von Gal, principal of her eponymous landscape design firm. Edwina creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. Her work has been published in many major publications and her book "Fresh Cuts" won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998. Edwina has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity.
Edwina's journey towards creating PEP began in Panama in 2002, while she was designing the park for the Biomuseo, the Frank Gehry designed museum of biodiversity. She bought bought some land and stayed on to found the Azuero Earth Project with like-minded friends and scientists. The process convinced her to extend the toxin-free message to the US, and Perfect Earth was launched in 2013 to promote toxin-free landscapes everywhere. Most recently, she was appointed as a Master Teacher at the Conway School for the 2015-2016 academic year.