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2021/2022 Event Calendar

  • November

    Saturday, November 27th, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM (PDT)
    Landfill to Landscape in Altadena, CA
    Hands-on Hugelkultur Workshop 

    Register here!

    Join Regenerative Garden Designers Leigh Adams and Shawn Maestretti for a hands-on opportunity to learn how to build a Hugelkultur berm to retain moisture, build healthy soil, grow a healthy garden, and support community. Come experience Studio Petrichor’s Landfill to Landscape workshop so you can share these easy and accessible practices in your community. All proceeds will go to our budding not-for-profit organization, Poly/Ana, where our mission is to educate communities as agents of change to honor and protect natural living systems.

  • January

    Saturday, January 8th, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (PDT)
    Four-Part Mindful Garden Design
    With Shawn Maestretti, By Theodore Payne Foundation

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    Ever wonder how to be more conscious in your garden design, implementation and relationship? Consider a more mindful, regenerative approach. Join landscape architect, contractor, arborist and climate activist Shawn Maestretti for a four part garden design course at Theodore Payne Foundation 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, repurpose materials, reduce your carbon footprint, implement permaculture techniques to reduce green waste, and much more.

    Monday, January 24th, 7:00 PM (PDT)
    Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation
    With Shawn Maestretti & Leigh Adams, By Glendale Environmental Coalition and the Verdugo Hills Group of the Sierra Club

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    Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation draws upon Nature’s processes to highlight the growing climate crisis, bringing solutions to the surface and empowering communities to protect natural, living systems. Embracing real-life solutions, accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, communities, municipalities and landscape professionals, Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams of Studio Petrichor bring this timely and informative presentation to engage the audience and provide a blueprint for inspired actions.

  • February

    Modernism Week 2022: Saturday February 19th, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PDT)
    Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation

    With Shawn Maestretti & Leigh Adams

    Register here!

    Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation draws upon Nature’s processes to highlight the growing climate crisis, bringing solutions to the surface and empowering communities to protect natural, living systems. Embracing real-life solutions, accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, communities, municipalities and landscape professionals, Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams of Studio Petrichor bring this timely and informative presentation to engage the audience and provide a blueprint for inspired actions.

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

Meet Your Distinguished Speakers

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

Designer, plantsman, licensed landscape architect and contractor, certified arborist, certified permaculture designer, educator, 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 with for years to come. Shawn combines extensive horticultural experience, strong composition skills, and a deep knowledge of regenerative practices with a wide palette of visually and texturally 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 Regenerative Landscapes and the Climate Crisis. 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 and eco-sensitive designer. She has been a horticultural interpreter at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens for many years and until Covid, has trained many county agencies in regenerative practices. She has conducted hands-on workshops with local schools, private citizens and professional groups. Her love of collaboration and education infuse all aspects of her work, leaving participants with a profound sense of empowered accomplishments. She has held multiple artist’s residencies at the LA County Arboretum, Metabolic Studios, Westland School and New Horizon School, to name a few. Leigh has received a Global Citizen Award from the United Nations, an Angel Award from the City of Los Angeles, the National Gardening Teacher of the Year 2020 and an Outstanding Citizen Award from the County of Los Angeles.

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