Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture is now Studio Petrichor!

A regenerative relationship that will ripple through communities for years to come.

After our initial education program at Jackie Robinson Community Center with Pasadena Water and Power, we were asked to embark on a series of educational workshops to support regenerative practices such as lasagna mulching, hugelkultur, rainwater harvesting, community involvement and much, much more.

Sheldon Reservoir is the first location we were asked to inventory and analyze for the use of the principles and design practices we cherish. Could we optimize local water resources, suggest ways to repurpose green waste and ultimately to harvest water both actively and passively? Through a series of community workshops, a series of powerful conversations and a design plan for the corner of Conniston Road and Arroyo Blvd., we championed the first public hugelkultur berm installations and series of hands-on community workshops.

With the support of our friends, neighbors of the Reservoir, interested parties wishing to learn, we began this project. With each successive workshop, the number of participants grew. Our greatest joy comes from hearing that those participants (especially those who didn’t know each other) are now working together in their own homes and communities to employ the new techniques they have learned.