Managing Director of Education
Whitney Beaman fell in love with soil, birds, bees, and native plants while working harvest in the New York wine industry. Vineyard work inspired her to combine her B.S. in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University and M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University to pursue a career in environmentalism as the Program Manager of Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, the first environmental certification for East Coast wine. She later expanded her audience to include farmers of all kinds as the Organic Transition Educator for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) where she launched a flagship Organic Transition Program aimed at removing barriers to organic certification and supporting farmers as they adopt organic practices. Most recently, she returned to the wine industry as the Sustainability Program Manager of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation where she launched and directed a statewide grower education and vineyard certification program. She is excited to grow her audience for nature-based land care and climate smart growing practices once again as the Managing Director of Education for the Perfect Earth Project.
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, the 2018 recipient of the Isamu Noguchi Award for innovation, global consciousness and commitment to East/West cultural exchange and the 2018 recipient of the NY School of Interior Design's Green Design Award.
Head Gardener / Educator
Catherine Wedgbury is the Head Gardener and Educator at the Perfect Earth Project. She graduated from the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture in 2020. As part of this program she interned at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Prior to her transition into horticulture, Catherine worked in the finance industry for over 20 years.
Nathalie Pierrepont Danilovich
Nathalie is a New York-based communications and brand consultant, currently pursuing a certificate in Landscape Design at the New York Botanical Garden. She serves on the Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Board of Governors of The Hotchkiss School's Alumni Association. Nathalie has a M.A. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Brown University.
Digital Communications Officer
Holly is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.S. in Psychology. She is particularly interested in Expressive Psychologies and holistic health. Horticulture, permaculture and herbalism have been both personal and professional interests. She has worked for Allandale Farm in Brookline, MA as a member of the Garden Center staff and the Esplanade Association in Boston, MA as a Horticulture Intern. A current apprentice of Blackbirds Daughter Botanical Herbal School, she is excited to help spread the movement for toxin-free, native-filled lawns and landscapes!