Feb 5 – Whole-System Gardens & The Carbon Culture with Studio Petrichor
Our Feb 5th meeting will feature a brief prologue by Bruce McCallum, student at West Torrance High and a Boy Scout, led a project to grow narrowleaf milkweed from seed and distributed the plants in 2023 with Scouts. During this project, he grew over 200 narrowleaf milkweed plants from seed and planted them in Orange County with the OC Master Gardeners, and onsite at UCLA. He also gave away over 100 seedlings to the public in Orange County.
Join the South Coast CNPS via Zoom (Zoom link at bottom of this page) at 7:30 PM on Feb 5 as we host Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams of Studio Petrichor. Studio Petrichor invites audiences to rethink their connection with the land by tapping into Nature’s wisdom. Through captivating visual storytelling, Shawn and Leigh will guide us on a journey that explores our relationship with planet Earth. They will unearth potent tools to transform urban landscapes impacted by human activity into water-conscious, biodiverse, and vibrant environments that redefine our perception of beauty.
Throughout the presentation, they will delve into key concepts such as rainfall integration, soil optimization, embracing the Carbon Culture, cultivating a passion for native plants, and harnessing the power of community as a catalyst for change. With deep-rooted passion, extensive experience, and unwavering optimism, they inspire audiences to take action.
Discover how whole-system gardens represent a potent approach to addressing the challenges posed by a changing climate and the global shift in mindset.
Oracle and Alchemist
(aka designer, plant daddy, licensed landscape architect and contractor, certified arborist, certified permaculture designer, biospheric caretaker, speaker, educator, and author-in-the-works)
Shawn has been co-creating exceptionally designed and artfully reimagined gardens since 2006. A collaborative visionary and optimistic “possibilitarian”, he is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp, a Kiss the Ground Soil Advocate, and an activist in the movement to care for the environment. Shawn has been presenting on Nature’s intelligence and humanity’s impact on climate change in his presentation series Regenerative Landscapes and the Climate Crisis, Reimagining Landscape and Lifestyle, and Co-creating as Interbeings (Landscape Architecture and The Death of the Ego). His personal mission is to reconnect with the natural world, tread lightly on the land, nurture biodiversity, protect water, and bring people together. Shawn is a repeat Landscape Design Teacher at Theodore Payne Foundation (A Legacy Native Plant and Wildflower Nursery)
(aka consultant, co-presenter, educator and designer)
Leigh is an educator and eco-sensitive designer. She has been a groundbreaking horticultural interpreter at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens for many years and has trained many county agencies in regenerative practices. She has conducted hundreds of hands-on, organically based 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.
Leigh is the muse, inspiration, artist, water harvester, and wisdom-keeper of Studio Petrichor. Her ability to see her way into a landscape and name the intention of the work for each project contributes to the manifestation of enchanting and healing (for client and earth), nature-focused designs. She is instrumental to keeping the heart and intention in all of our work.