Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture is now Studio Petrichor!

Fire and Chaparral in Southern California
December 4, 2019

Things to know about fire, nature and our relationship with both… I recently was introduced to the work of the Chaparral…

Read More
Summer-Dry Blues
September 4, 2019

Hugelkultur and berms implemented to build healthy, reslient soil and capture additional rainwater. Summer-Dry Blues By Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams... Read More
Problem Solving in the Landscape — Hillsides Design
August 19, 2019

BEFORE                                         ... Read More
Book Recommendation: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
July 31, 2019

“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to “those who take care of us.”  ― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass:... Read More
GARDEN HIGHLIGHT: 1938 Colonial-Revival Regenerative Garden in Hollywood, CA
July 10, 2019

“What is this garden doing?”   This is the question I must ask throughout the design process of any project.  There is…

Read More
How Does Measure W Affect You?
June 19, 2019

What Is Measure W? Measure W was voted into effect in November 2018 and will raise an estimated $300 million per…

Read More
Get Rewarded for Going Green! Turf Replacement Rebates
May 25, 2019

Did you know you can get a rebate of $2 per square foot for turf replacement? If you are considering converting…

Read More
Landcare Specialists and the Future of California Gardens
March 24, 2019

Garden maintenance for California requires an understanding of what happens on a month-to-month and seasonal basis. There are some gray areas…

Read More
Hugelkultur Berms: What Are They? How to Build Them? And Why?
March 11, 2019

Hugelkultur (noun – German – translates to “mound culture”) is a horticultural technique where mounds constructed of wood material, such as…

Read More
A Prayer For The Planet
January 1, 2019

Hope is a powerful feeling.  It can inspire action, and by inspiring action we experience monumental accomplishments. At the beginning of…

Read More