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Promoting nature-based, toxic-free land care practices for the health of people, their pets, and the planet.

Perfect Earth Board

Edwina von Gal

Founder / Chair

A leading voice in sustainable gardening and landscape design, Edwina von Gal founded the Perfect Earth Project in 2013 to promote nature-based, toxic-free land care for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. As principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina created landscapes with a focus on simplicity, sustainability, and beauty for private and public clients around the world. Her work has been published widely, including in The New York Times, Vogue, and Architectural Digest, and her book Fresh Cuts won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998. She 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, and an honorary trustee of the Native Plant Trust. In 2022, she received the LongHouse Visionary Award from LongHouse Reserve. Her other awards include the New York School of Interior Design’s Green Design Award, the Isamu Noguchi Award, and Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts.

Anne Templeton

Vice Chair and Secretary

Anne Templeton is a principal at TPD Family Office, which focuses on the development of high-end residential real estate projects. After studying at New York University’s School of Arts and Sciences, she worked in the entertainment industry as a senior executive in the acquisition, development, and production of high-quality cinema and television programing. During her career in the entertainment industry, Anne served as an executive at several prominent film production companies, including The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Dino De Laurentiis Productions, Edward R. Pressman Films and Marlon Brando’s Franjipani Productions. Anne later formed her own production company (Templeton Productions) with a multi-year first-look production deal at New Line Cinema and later served as principal consultant for Amnesty International’s celebrity outreach program.

Anne is also a board member at the Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation at Weil Cornell and supporter of  the Sag Harbor Partnership, Surfrider Foundation and Headstrong Foundation which provides comprehensive for veterans dealing with mental health issues such as PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. She is a patron of the NY Film Society, Hamptons Film Festival and, formerly, of the Tribeca Film Institute.

Lisa Phillips


The Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, Lisa initiated the expansion project that has resulted in the construction of a new building in Manhattan’s downtown that is heralded as one of the best new pieces of architecture in the city. Drawing on her long curatorial experience at New York’s Whitney Museum, Lisa has inaugurated shows and programs at the New Museum that consistently challenge the perception and role of art in modern life, making it a vital force in the downtown scene with connections throughout the world supporting new art and new ideas. Lisa has lectured extensively, served as panelist and Jurist for the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Public Art Commission, Fulbright Fellowship Review Committee (among many others), and has served on numerous boards such as The Andy Warhol Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Penny McCall Foundation, etc. Lisa graduated with honors from Middlebury College, attended Doctoral Program of Art History at CUNY, and was a Senior Fellow of Art History and Museum Studies and Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney.

Grace Fuller Marroquin

Grace Fuller Marroquin’s love for horticulture and garden design started as a child growing up in Philadelphia and Rome. From a young age she was inspired by her mother, an artist and active gardener, who incorporated nature into her work. In 2006, during a high school apprenticeship at the University of Hawaii’s Botanical Garden in Manoa Valley, Grace deepened her attachment to the natural world around her. 
She began her career in the fashion industry—first as a fashion editor at Vogue and later as the jewelry editor at W magazine. In 2018, she enrolled in the NYBG’s Landscape Design program to pursue a long-held interest in landscapes and gardening. Grace founded her own landscape design practice, Grace Fuller Design, in 2019.
Since launching her practice, Grace has taken on various projects around the world, collaborating with artisans, architects, and other designers to bring her visions to life. Her romantic and wild approach to landscape design is driven by a responsible stewardship for her client’s land. She serves on the advisory board of The New York Botanical Garden.

David Maupin

David Maupin was born in California and studied art history at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, before temporarily relocating to Italy, where he began his professional career. In 1996 he met Rachel Lehmann, and together they established Lehmann Maupin, a contemporary art gallery in New York. Throughout the last 28 years, the gallery has expanded to Hong Kong, and subsequently to Seoul and London, where it currently operates permanent outposts. Today, the gallery is known for championing artists who push the boundaries of materiality and identity in their work, representing over 40 of the most prominent contemporary artists and estates. Lehmann Maupin has also been instrumental in introducing international artists in new geographies.

David serves on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC, a non-profit organization which partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hands-on learning experiences and gain skills necessary to make healthier choices for life. He is also on the Board of Directors of Perfect Earth, a foundation dedicated to toxic-free landscaping and gardening. Additionally, David serves on the Selection Committee for the international art fair Art Basel Hong Kong.

Tony Piazza

In 1998, Tony Piazza founded Piazza Horticultural, a landscape design/build firm based in Southampton, NY. The firm specializes in environmentally conscious landscape projects and ongoing property care using nature-based maintenance methods. Tony believes that linking his client’s lives and properties to their natural surroundings is integral to the success of a landscape. Having grown up in the rural settings of upstate New York in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, he is innately informed by nature and natural settings. Tony has a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Cornell University.

Brian Sawyer

Throughout his career, Brian Sawyer has pursued architectural design, landscape architecture, and interior design as complementary endeavors. Originally from Indiana, Brian attended Wabash College, where he studied music and biology and earned his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and a board member of the Perfect Earth Project and The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Sorat Tungkasiri

Sorat Tungkasiri was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a passionate life long learner, an educator, and a serial entrepreneur. He has over 20 years in the educational industry, and is currently the associate director at Princeton University’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. He oversees a state-of-the-art multimedia Lab that supports innovative, interdisciplinary classes and projects that specializes in audio production, video production, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR), and machine learning (ML). Sorat Also teaches workshops on media production. He has a background in 3D animation from the Rhode Island School of Design and holds an advance degree in education from Columbia University.

Sorat also serves on the board of Princeton Academy of the Arts, a small non-profit organization which partners with various schools in the surrounding areas to educate, train, and prepare students interested in the world of fine art.