Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture is now Studio Petrichor!

A home ready for just about anything and a homeowner pushing the limits of what is possible.

This charming 1925 cottage home in La Cañada Flintridge is now making waves in the community, and is supporting Mother Nature. Our client reached out to us after seeing our presentation on Regenerative Landscapes and the Climate Crisis. Her wish was to make her home as “climate change ready” as possible and we exceeded her expectations. 

Both the front and back garden naturally had a very serene quality except for one thing…the sound of the 210 traffic. Through our discussions and brainstorm sessions, one thing was very clear. We could do what we wanted in the back because our client would never really spend time there because of the noise. WELL…now that the garden is installed, the rain tanks are full of rainwater, the garden is growing…she couldn’t be more proud AND she does spend time there. 

This garden is situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and is planted with 90% California native plants except for a farm garden at the south side of the house. It is already starting to attract native pollinators and other spectacular wildlife. 

The greatest things about these garden spaces are actually how it functions. A truly regenerative garden that nurtures living soil, harnesses rainwater and stormwater, supporting biodiversity and so much more. Here is a breakdown of the regenerative systems installed in the garden.

Regenerative Systems

Rainwater Harvesting / Cisterns                                          From some of the rooftops, we are harvesting 610 gallons of water on every 1” of rain. In La Cañada, the average yearly rainfall is 22”…that’s a capture potential of over 13,000 gallons. Combined out two tanks hold 5,000 of rainwater. The native garden receives extra watering during the rainy months to optimize the potential for this system.

Rain Gardens / Bioswales                                                    The neighboring property drains into our client’s property which is why we installed a rain garden / bioswale in the front garden. The amount of water that drains onto the property averages at 315 gallons per inch of rain. Yearly, that comes to just under 7,000 gallons of water from the sky that stays onsite and spreads into the landscape, when the native plants need it the most.

Permeability                                                                        The driveway has been sawcut and infilled with a permeable layer of bricks to optimize infiltration.

Habitat Biodiversity                                                            Native plants are the first line of defense in loss of biodiversity

Local Materials / Materials Reuse                                  The sawcut concrete from the driveway was repurposed in the landscape to build the curved wall in back.
Very little waste material left the site.

Defensible Home
Roof sprinklers and an irrigation program, or manual system, ready for fire to protect the home.

Community Involvement

Coming full circle by involving community and municipalities to further a regenerative mission and let these necessary practices ripple throughout the community