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Thursday, January 24, 2019, 07:30 p.m.: Climate reality: regeneration of the landscape, with Shawn Maestretti: This is a presentation inspired by the synthesis of garden design, inspiration from nature and incorporating natural processes. The presentation weaves together the importance of regenerative garden practices, the beauty of climate-appropriate plants, and hands-on tips for garden enthusiasts who want to deepen their connection to the soil, to nature, and their gardens. One solution is to imagine and develop resilient gardens where humans and nature can grow and evolve together in a symbiotic relationship.

Shawn Maestretti, the principal of Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture (SMGA), has been creating green spaces and lush, waterwise gardens since 2006. Shawn is a licensed landscape architect, contractor, and certified arborist who is dedicated to designing regenerative gardens and sharing his love and knowledge of plants best-suited for our Mediterranean climate. He teaches regularly at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. He works with youth groups connecting children and young adults to nature, as well as organizing events for landscape professionals and the public.