Staff


Edwina von Gal

Founder / President

Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, 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. 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. In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project to promote toxin-free landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. Most recently, she is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall's Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts.

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Taralynn Reynolds

Director of Education

Ms. Reynolds began her as an environmental educator at the world-renowned Wildlife Conservation Society in New York after completing a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. She helped create academic programs based on ecological learning principles for students across the NYC metro area.

Her love for the natural world inspired her to continue as an educator in with an emphasis on experiential learning. She helped develop an award-winning schoolyard habitat program with The National Audubon Society where she worked with K-12 students to plan and build “living laboratories,” outdoor classrooms that not only provided habitat for wildlife but an on-site space for students to see, touch, smell and observe what they were learning about inside.

Love of nature has taken Ms. Reynolds all over the world. She has lived in the rainforests of Madagascar, studying endangered primates and also in Ecuador where she led groups of high school students through the amazing experience of creating wildlife habitat and monitoring plant growth in the famous Galapagos Islands. She brings a wealth of experience with her in the role of Director of Education for Perfect Earth Project. 



Emily Hammond

Environmental Outreach Coordinator

Emily joined Perfect Earth Project in 2017, where she strategizes and develops brand communications and outreach efforts at the local and national scale. Emily has a diverse background in professional writing, non-profit program management, cause marketing and has a natural green thumb. She hopes to couple her skills in writing, rhetoric, research, and horticulture with her ardent enthusiasm for environmental stewardship to create a tangible, positive impact that serves both people and the planet.

Emily holds an M.A. in Professional Writing from the New England College and a B.A. in History from Wheaton College.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Paddlers for Humanity. When she is not promoting PRFCT, Emily can be found tending her garden, paddling the seas and teaching yoga.

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Nicholas DeMonte

Office Administrator

Nicholas is a third-year English major at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Nicholas joined Perfect Earth Project in 2018 after moving to Sag Harbor from Manhattan. At PRFCT, he combines his thoughtfulness and innate attention to detail to serve as Office Manager (one of his most important responsibilities is bringing chocolatey snacks to the office). He was a member of Avenues: The World School’s first graduating class in 2016. In the same year, he graduated from The Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege program as a classical voice major.

Moonlighting as a licensed salesperson at Compass, Nicholas hopes to find ways of incorporating the PRFCT mission into Hamptons real estate. He leads an active lifestyle and loves nothing more than eating good food, working out at the gym, running, and swimming.

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