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2022-2023 Event Calendar
December to January
Reimagining the California Lawn with Carol Bornstein
Thursday, December 1st, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (PDT)
Carol Bornstein and Poly/Ana invite virtual attendees to this look at how gardeners can reimagine the monotonous, resource-intensive lawns that continue to dominate landscapes throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We will touch upon ways to remove these water-guzzling lawns, how to sustainably manage a lawn if you must have one, and explore some design possibilities once the lawn is gone.
Four-Part Mindful Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti
Begins Saturday, January 14th, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (PDT)
Join Shawn for this four-part design series to meaningfully prepare your site for planting. Students will learn more mindful principles, elements and practices of co-creation, including how to capture rainwater, nurture living soil, design with indigenous, climate-appropriate plants, repurpose materials, envision a better footprint, implement techniques to reduce green waste, and so much more.
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
Meet Your Distinguished Speakers
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 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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