Feb 5 – Whole-System Gardens & The Carbon Culture with Studio Petrichor

Dee’s notes from tonight’s meeting
Tony will be leading a plant identification walk at Madrona Marsh on Sunday Mar 10, from 2-4 PM.
Below are details about other nature walks, including some with Neil on March 23 and other upcoming events.
Two great presentations.  I was glad to WFH today so I wasn’t rushing to get my computer started and was able to comfortably be there at 7:30pm tonight.  YAY!
1. Bruce McCallum – eagle scout project with 3 parts to introduce milkweed and other companion plants into the community –
   milkweed plant booth – giveaway plants and discuss the importance of the plant – setup a table at an OC master gardeners fair
    UCLA planting – 1000 sq ft and 185 plants – near the Schoenberg Music Building
    Orange Co (master garden) planting – 80 milkweeds planted, mulched.  Watered & tended by the OC master gardens after planting (7/1)
2. Studio Petrichor (Shawn & Leigh) – ways to encourage planting & growing.
   I particularly like that they encourage native So Cal plants
   Finding creative ways to use construction waste (pavers, bricks, concrete) instead of hauling them to landfill and buying new materials; use a “lasagna” approach to encourage soil health, water retention, and weed suppression – cardboard, logs, mulch, water
    petrichor is the earth smell after a rain
The 2nd part of the presentation includes some proprietary information and will not be posted to SCCNPS youtube.
Some Studio Petrichor gardens will be on the Theodore Payne garden tour, April 13 & 14

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.

(Studio Petrichor) Garden is situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and is planted with 90% California native plants, except for a farm garden on the south side of the house.

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.

(Studio Petrichor) The standard for all Studio Petrichor gardens is what they call “whole-system” gardens. It’s an environment that invites us to remember the scents of hiking, the delight of birdsong and the gentle magic of butterflies. It encourages mindful approaches to how we care for our homes, ourselves and our planet.


Shawn Maestretti

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)

Leigh Adams

Water Witch and Spirit of Light
(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.

She has held multiple artist’s residencies at the LA County Arboretum, Metabolic Studios, Westland School and New Horizon School, 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.
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.



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