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2020 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

2020 Event Calendar

Come with us on a journey beyond sustainability.

  • March

    MARCH 28TH @ 10 AM – 5 PM, MID CITY, WESTSIDE & SOUTH BAY, LOS ANGELES

    2020 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

    The Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour is a unique adventure: a two-day, self-guided journey through the Los Angeles region’s most beautiful and inspiring home landscapes. At each location, you’ll meet garden owners, designers, knowledgeable docents and fellow gardeners. You’ll learn about native plants, garden design, and wildlife habitat. The tour is self-guided, so you can make your own itinerary and go at your own pace.

    This year we are honored that our regenerative garden in Hollywood has been chosen as a stop on this tour.

    Purchase Tickets Here

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  • April

    SATURDAY April 18th, Annie’s Annuals & Perennials

    Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape

    Presented by Leigh Adams and Shawn Maestretti:

    This important talk highlights the current endangered state of our landscapes and offers solution-oriented techniques for zero-waste/carbon-neutral garden designs, drawing upon nature’s processes. Shawn and Leigh focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are not just aspirational design practices, but accessible, real life solutions.

    Talks are held at the nursery in our demonstration gardens and are always FREE! No pre-registration needed. 

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  • May

    MAY 2nd @ 7 PM Pacific Time, Altadena, CA

    Regenerative Landscapes and the Climate Crisis, with Leigh Adams Shawn Maestretti

    Free community presentation. RSVP now as space is limited.

    Doors open at 6:30 and we will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Please plan for parking and finding a space at our new office in Altadena.

    Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape highlights the current endangered state of our landscapes and offers solution-oriented techniques for zero-waste/carbon-neutral garden designs, drawing upon nature’s processes. Shawn and Leigh focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are not just aspirational design practices, but real life solutions accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, and landscape professionals alike. It is possible to enjoy beautiful gardens that work towards carbon-neutrality and actively regenerate our environment.

    This timely and informative presentation has been well received by audiences at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, The Huntington Gardens, Men’s Garden Club, The Davis Village Homes, Aquarium of the Pacific, Tree People, and many more across the state of California.

    RSVP

  • July

    Saturdays starting July 18th, at The Arboretum Los Angeles County

    4-part Regenerative Garden Design Course with Leigh Adams Shawn Maestretti

    Think about your favorite garden spaces and imagine creating and implementing that vision at your own home or community.  At the same time, ponder how you could be more sustainable in your design and realize a way to help nature regenerate through your landscape.

    Join landscape architect, contractor, arborist and climate activist, Shawn Maestretti for a four part garden design course for an in depth journey through regenerative concepts and practices.  Students will learn the principles and elements of design, how to capture rainwater, nurture living soil, design with native and climate-appropriate plants, re-purpose materials to reduce your carbon footprint, implement permaculture techniques to reduce green waste, and much more.  It is possible to have a beautiful, well-orchestrated and truly regenerative landscape, we just need to push through a few barriers first.

    This course is for everyone, homeowners and landscape professionals alike.  We ask that you come with enthusiasm and an open mind.  Students are suggested to attend all 4 classes.   

    Shawn is a designer, plantsman, licensed landscape architect, certified arborist, licensed landscape contractor, and educator. His unique background combines extensive horticultural experience, strong composition skills, and environmentally-sensible practices with a wide palette of visually and textually interesting California-friendly plants —breathing new life and a sense of place into every garden.

    PRIOR TO CLASS – Students will receive instructions on preparing a scaled base plan 2 weeks prior to the first class

    Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm
    CLASS #1 (July 18, 2020) – Getting Started  (w/ guest speaker)
    CLASS #2 (August 1, 2020) – Elements/Principles of Design (w/ guest speaker)
    CLASS #3 (August 15, 2020) – Rainwater Harvesting & Planting Design (w/ guest speaker)
    CLASS #4 (August 29, 2020) – Implementation Practices  (w/ guest speaker)

    RSVP

Presentation Testimonials

  • “Nature-centric education plays a pivotal role in sparking intrinsic motivation, improving student behavior, promoting effective communication, strengthening cooperation, enhancing academic achievement, nurturing students with special needs and creating healthier, happier future generations. Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams’ presentation on Climate Reality will cater to all of the aforementioned advantages of educating students to walk with nature, protect it, and look up to it for answers to everything.”

    Kavitha Satya, Middle School Science Teacher, New Horizon School
  • “Wow. I have heard talks similar to pieces of yours but never one that had ALL of that excellent information in it. The graphics were spot on and made it so easy for anyone to understand what is going on with our planet. I believe that you should take your presentation to people in Congress. Everyone needs to experience this presentation. We do need to garden like our lives depend on it. I am inspired to go and really take my habitat gardening to the next level, starting with using Hugelkultur. Thank you so much!”

    Lisa Bellora, San Diego Landscape Designer
  • “I just attended a beautifully integrated lecture given by Mr. Shawn Maestretti entitled Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape. This wonderful talk illuminated the interconnections between urban gardens, carbon sequestration, soil construction, water conservation, green mulch, and climate change… I highly recommend attending one of his educational programs if you have the opportunity.”

    Rebecca A. Behar-Johnson, recent attendee of Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape presentation
  • “Kudos to Shawn Maestretti for his enthusiastic and skillful presentation of an emerging paradigm for urban gardens. This paradigm frames the global causes and impacts associated with climate change and describes actions that can be applied locally in gardens and landscapes of all sizes to address these causes and impacts.Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape embraces carbon sequestration, heat island cooling, climate adapted plants, rainwater harvesting, habitat enhancement and a vision for gardens of the future.”

    Bob Perry, FASLA, Author of Landscape Plants for California Gardens
    Themeforest Customer

Meet your distinguished speakers

Shawn Maestretti
Landscape Architect | California #6203, Nevada #1016

Designer, arborist, contractor, plantsman, educator, thought leader and environmental steward. Shawn has been creating exceptionally designed and artfully developed gardens in both California and Nevada since 2006. Highly collaborative, with a strong attention to detail and a knack for problem solving, he helps his clients realize outdoor living spaces that they will connect to for years to come. Shawn combines extensive horticultural experience, strong composition skills, and environmentally sensible practices with a wide palette of visually and textually interesting climate appropriate plants, breathing new life and a sense of place into every garden.

As a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp, a Kiss the Ground Soil Advocate, and activist in the movement to care for the environment, Shawn has been presenting on regenerative landscapes and their impact on climate change in his new presentation series Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape. His personal mission is to connect with the natural world, tread lightly on the land, nurture biodiversity, protect water, and bring people together.

 

Leigh Adams
Consultant/Co-presenter

Leigh is an educator, eco-sensitive designer and horticultural interpreter at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. She has trained many county agencies in regenerative practices as well as conducting hands on workshops with local schools and professional groups. Her love of collaboration and education infuse all aspects of her work, leaving participants with a profound sense of empowered accomplishments. Currently she holds multiple artist’s residencies at the LA Arboretum, Metabolic Studios and New Horizon School. She has received a Global Citizen Award from the United Nations, an Angel Award from the City of Los Angeles and an Outstanding Citizen Award from the County of Los Angeles.

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