Meet the Hamptons Landscape Designer Detoxing Lawns and Gardens

Edwina von Gal of the PRFCT Earth Project is making the Hamotons eco-friendly, one celebrity yard at a time

Photo by Allan Pollok-Morris

When a landscape designer on a mission to save the Earth met a pair of local filmmakers who shared her vision, it was a match made in compost.

East Hampton–based landscape designer Edwina von Gal (who has done the gardens of Calvin Klein, Ina Garten, and artist Cindy Sherman, to name a few) created the PRFCT Earth Project, a mission to encourage homeowners and landscapers to take a natural, toxin-free approach to their yards and gardens….

Edwina von Gal
Photo by Eric Striffler

It was at a town hall meeting on the environment, of all places, that von Gal met Benjamin and Orson Cummings — award-winning filmmakers acclaimed for Killer Bees, their documentary looking at race, income inequality, and gentrification through the lens of the Bridgehampton High School championship basketball team. (The film was produced by Shaquille O’Neal and gallerist Larry Gagosian.)

After hearing von Gal speak, the Brothers Cummings (as they are known professionally) proposed a television program that would spread the word. The result: A PRFCT Place, which will visit homeowners, including some of von Gal’s high-profile clients, and feature horticultural experts, who will demonstrate simple techniques that can make any landscape not only beautiful, but safer for people, pets, and the planet.

Photo by Eric Striffler

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