Our Team

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.

 

Gisela Garay
Project Designer

Landscape designer, environmental steward, and community activist. Gisela combines her unique skill set to create California-friendly gardens and outdoor spaces that collectively nurture and respect our natural resources. Her inherent design aesthetic and sensibility aligns with the bigger mission of Studio Petrichor to connect people with the soil, their gardens, and nature.

Working with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development’s Summer Night Lights Program, she created edible gardening workshops for under-resourced communities. She discovered how connecting to the soil and gardening nutritious food can inspire and bring a community together. Inspired by this experience, Gisela is eager to continue keeping her hands in the dirt and boots on the ground through public work and with ecological restoration projects.

As an invaluable member of the Studio Petrichor team, Gisela creates comprehensive construction document drawings which include a supportive knowledge of MWELO requirements. Gisela’s experience and comfort working with several city departments ensures that our clients’ projects are handled in a timely and efficient manner.

Leigh Adams
Consultant/Co-presenter

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.