The landscape of the Glass House in New Canaan, CT, at night

PRFCT Places

Leif icon for toxin-free placesWhat’s so perfect about PRFCT Places? They’re maintained without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, making them safe and healthy places for you to visit with your families and pets.

PRFCT Places are just as beautiful as their conventionally managed counterparts. So how can you spot a PRFCT Place? Look for Leif—the leafy icon developed by Perfect Earth Project to identify and celebrate PRFCT Places—sprouting up on lawn and landscape signs at your favorite parks, dog runs, museums, and local hangouts.

Pioneer PRFCT Places

Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett, NY

ARF Hamptons, Wainscott, NY

The Battery Conservancy, New York City

Bridge Gardens of Peconic Land Trust, Bridgehampton, NY

Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, East Hampton, NY

Garden in the Woods, New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, MA

Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack, NY

New York Restoration Project parks and gardens, New York City

Nick & Toni's Restaurant, East Hampton, NY

The Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT

Quail Hill Farm of Peconic Land Trust, Amagansett, NY

The Rose Garden at Southampton Cultural Center, managed by the Southampton Rose Society, Southampton, NY

Share the Harvest Farm, East Hampton, NY

Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY

Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY

The Village of East Hampton, including sites managed by the Ladies' Village Improvement Society, NY

Featured Place: Southampton's PRFCT Hospital

Southampton Hospital Garden of Hope Southampton Hospital's Garden of Hope

Since 1909, Southampton Hospital in Southampton, NY, has been committed to providing the best care for its patients and to promoting the health and well-being of the community. This year, Southampton Hospital will grow that commitment by ending the use of synthetic landscape chemicals on its 13-acre grounds.

Southampton Hospital logo“We are pleased to be on the vanguard of support for PRFCT Places,” said Robert Chaloner, Hospital President & CEO. “The health of Southampton Hospital’s staff, volunteers, patients, visitors, and pet therapy dogs is critically important, and joining the Perfect Earth Project is another opportunity for us to maintain a healthy environment on our campus.”

The heart of the hospital’s landscape is the newly revitalized Garden of Hope honoring cancer patients and community members. This 20-year-old garden has been a volunteer-led project since its inception, including an extensive restoration in 2016. A brick walkway within the garden honors and memorializes patients who have experienced breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, as well as community members who have supported the garden’s design and maintenance.

Southampton Hospital Breast Center entranceGirl Scout Abigail Hubbell

“It’s contrary to common sense to be putting down toxic pesticides to make lawns look pretty when we’re trying to help people and provide health care for the community,” said Dave Lopez, Director of Facilities and Engineering at Southampton Hospital. “Being toxin-free is the right thing to do in this day and age.”

One of Dave’s biggest challenges? Managing a PRFCT watering schedule over multiple irrigation zones that doesn't inconvenience hospital visitors or interrupt staff shift transitions. But the benefits of transitioning to toxin-free far outweigh the headaches, he noted.

“I'm excited to see the outcome. When you know that you are taking care of the environment and protecting the people coming to the facility, ultimately, the challenges will be worth it,” he said. “Anybody who understands what we’re doing will appreciate it.”

“As a healthcare institution, our role is to promote the health of the people we’re serving, and that doesn’t just mean surgery,” said Robert Chaloner. “We’re in a unique position here on the East End of Long Island because the water we drink comes directly out of the ground. The idea of putting poison into the ground and into our water contradicts everything we’re trying to promote.”

In the next month, the hospital grounds will burst into bloom thanks to over 4,000 new bulbs donated and planted by local volunteers last fall. Perfect Earth Project’s PRFCT Places signs will be popping up in the hospital’s garden beds, alongside the newly planted bulbs, this spring.

Join the Movement!

Is your public property PRFCT? Send us an email at info@perfectearthproject.org to let us know and we’ll add you to our growing list of PRFCT Places.

The PRFCT Yard Handbook

Grow your own PRFCT Place!

The PRFCT Yard Handbook

The PRFCT Yard Handbook is the go-to how-to guide for homeowners interested in maintaining their lawns and gardens without toxic chemicals.

To purchase a $10 hard-copy of this 100-page book, visit the Perfect Earth Project shop.