Toshi Yano is the Managing Director of Earth Equity at the Perfect Earth Project, where he oversees PRFCT PLACES, a program dedicated to creating healthy green spaces for everyone.
He was previously Director of Horticulture at Wethersfield Estate & Gardens, where he currently serves as the Landscape & Garden Advisor. He is a co-founder of BIPOC Hort, an advocacy group for people of color working in designed landscapes; a member of the Design Council at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; and a Director At Large at the American Public Gardens Association, where he chairs the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility Committee.
Before receiving his degree in Ornamental Horticulture from The City University of New York and embarking on his gardening career at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY, Toshi studied philosophy at The New School for Social Research. He enjoys spending his spare time searching the woods around his home for the smallest, most secret plants, and is the proud father of a perceptive girl who helps him find the especially small, especially secret plants that elude his aging eyes. He’s grateful to his grandmothers for the deeply etched memories of dappled light, dirt under foot, and the dizzying perfume of Rosaceae in the air.