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Up next: The 18th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.

2021 Event Calendar

  • March

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (PST)
    Reframing OUR Practices for a Regenerative Future
    Online Event hosted by APLD Bay Area District

    Navigating the unknown by asking the right questions, changing our behaviors and being on the side of life.

    Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams of Studio Petrichor have been asked to co-present on THEIR PRACTICES and HOW THEY choose to act, work and live, in order to become co-creators with nature and supportive of natural, living systems. Their approach to finding meaningful action begins by questioning everything in a world of misinformation, opinions and archaic ways of thinking. Their pathway has brought them to believe that: apathy is the world’s sickness, and hope is only attainable through action….every step of the way.

    This event is open to current CA APLD members only. Ticket sales close 48 hours before the event. Click here for more info and registration

  • April

    Friday, April 16th – Sunday, April 18th
    18th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
    Virtual Event hosted by the Theodore Payne Foundation

    Studio Petrichor is excited to announce that our Colonial Revival garden in West Hollywood will be part of this year’s Native Plant Garden Tour! The event is virtual this year and will take place over three days starting with a launch party on Friday evening. The tour will (virtually) take you to four gardens on Saturday and four gardens on Sunday. One ticket grants you access to all three days. In addition to stunning garden footage, the event will include interviews with the featured landscape designers and homeowners, expert panel discussions, live music, a photo contest, and a keynote address from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home.

    Check out for more info and get your tickets here.

  • May

    Tuesday, May 11th, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM (PST)
    Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation
    Online Event hosted by California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter and the
    San Diego Native Garden Committee

    Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams of Studio Petrichor present Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation. This timely and informative presentation has been well received by audiences across California and has created a ripple effect into our communities. This presentation 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 that are accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, communities, municipalities, and landscape professionals, this presentation immediately engages the audience to provide a blueprint for inspired actions.

    Register here!

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

Leigh is an educator, eco-sensitive designer and horticultural interpreter at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. She has trained many county agencies in regenerative practices as well as conducting hands-on workshops with local schools and professional groups. Her love of collaboration and education infuse all aspects of her work, leaving participants with a profound sense of empowered accomplishments. Currently she holds multiple artist’s residencies at the LA County Arboretum, Metabolic Studios, and New Horizon School. She has received a Global Citizen Award from the United Nations, an Angel Award from the City of Los Angeles, and an Outstanding Citizen Award from the County of Los Angeles.

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