Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture is now Studio Petrichor!

A charming home built in 1938, at the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Hollywood, California.


Our clients reached out to us through the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants with the hopes to introduce native habitats and food for birds and other pollinators.

Through precedent research, analysis of the property and our conceptual design process, we developed a historically-appropriate layout to the garden spaces. As Colonial Revival gardens were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America, they reflect British and Dutch inspiration.
The garden includes many classical elements such as axial paths, cruciform features, an alley of trees, an informal kitchen garden, and beautifully-laid brick walkways.

Though the garden has been organized in such formal manner, the planting design will be 90% California native plants, representing pride in our home state, honoring biodiversity and a strong respect to our most precious resource: water.


Shawn is passionate, artistic, and very knowledgeable in designing unusual and beautiful gardens specializing in California native species. His design for our home incorporated our ideas for water features and conservation, and he cleverly married the formal look of our house with a meadow-scape. He has hardworking and committed subcontractors who, despite busy schedules, came through on time and on budget. His team was very conscientious about keeping the yard secure and safe for us and our dogs.

This was the first major project we’ve done on our home in 30 years. It was important to us that the landscaping project enhance our property and our enjoyment. Shawn has exceeded our expectations!

1938 Colonial Revival California Native Garden
1938 Colonial Revival California Native Garden
1938 Colonial Revival California Native Garden