CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The Chappaqua Library will host the lecture, "Turning PRFCT: The Evolution and Adventures of a Rational Naturalist," featuring landscape designer-turned-environmentalist Edwina von Gal on Wednesday, April 27.
During the lecture, which is part of The Rocky Hills Environmental Lecture Series, guests will hear how Gal's passion for biodiversity led to the creation of the Perfect Earth Project, a rapidly expanding nonprofit organization promoting toxin-free land management around the world.
Gal's lecture will cover the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals and nature-based techniques that provide beautiful and safe results.
The event is free and open to the public. It's co-sponsored by Friends of Rocky Hills and The Garden Conservancy.
Landscape designer Gal went to Panama to design a park for the Frank Gehry Biomuseo in 2002. She stayed on in the country to co-found the Azuero Earth Project, which explores and implements sustainable, toxin- free land management practices in rural Panama.
Gal then moved closer to home and, in 2013, founded the US-based Perfect Earth Project, which promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes.
The Rocky Hills Environmental Lecture Series honors and continues the legacy of Henriette Suhr, a staunch environmentalist and the creator, together with her husband, William, of the gardens at Rocky Hills, an eight-acre strolling garden within a rugged (and rocky) natural woodland of Mount Kisco.
The thirteen-acre property is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by the Westchester Land Trust.
The Rocky Hills Environmental Lecture Series has highlighted horticultural and environmental topics since 2007.
Gal's lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call the library at 914-238-4779.
The library is at 195 S. Greeley Ave, Chappaqua.