About Wambui Ippolito


Wambui Ippolito brings a wealth of design and business managerial skills to our firm. Like the firm’s founder Jane Gil, she is a graduate of the prestigious New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture, where she studied under national and international design masters. Wambui has trained and worked as a horticulturist at various high-end estates, including at Martha Stewart’s home in Bedford, New York. She has also worked with native plants at late- night media host David Letterman’s estate and manages a roster of private clients, including business, media, music and sports moguls.

In her former career, Wambui was a Development & Democracy Consultant at international government organizations, including the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Wambui is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Swahili. She is the daughter of diplomat parents and traveled extensively, living and gaining her education in different locales around the world.

While not designing and managing clients, Wambui works with international organizations, museums, botanical institutions, private and public parks to develop horticultural programming. She teaches at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Grounds for Sculpture (New Jersey), and lectures nationwide, including at her alma mater the New York Botanical Garden. She is a published author whose interests include immigrant gardeners and tropical modern design. Wambui is married to a New Yorker and they are the parents of a rambunctious and very smart little girl.