Is it possible to create a garden that actively works to reverse climate change while being beautiful and flourishing? The dedicated landscape designers at the Sacramento District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) think so. The organization is hosting a talk, titled, “Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape” with speaker Shawn Maestretti, Saturday, March 2, 10am to 1pm in the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay E., Davis.

Learn about the current endangered state of our landscapes, and solution-oriented techniques for real-world garden designs that draw upon natural processes. Shawn will focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon in created landforms, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are prudent design practices that every garden-lover will want to know about. This presentation is for everyone from landscape professionals to amateur garden enthusiasts.


Shawn Maestretti is a designer, plantsman, certified arborist, educator, and licensed landscape contractor. Shawn has been creating exceptionally designed and artfully developed gardens in the greater Los Angeles area since 2006.

Village Homes is an ecologically planned 70-acre development built in the 1970’s. Common areas include a community center, pool, orchards and garden plots. The homes are oriented for passive solar design and bioswales reduce impact on the City’s stormwater system. It was designed to encourage both the development of a sense of community and the conservation of energy and natural resources. We’ll take a walking tour of the neighborhood and discuss how the speaker’s design practices apply to this 50-year-old landscape.

APLD California Sustainability Chair Cheryl Buckwalter will update us on statewide sustainability and advocacy efforts. Devil Mountain Nursery will showcase some of their latest and greatest plants including California natives and will send lucky winners home with samples!

Purchase tickets online thru Eventbrite

APLD members and aponsors – $20
Students and Pacific Hort. members – $30
Non-members – $40
Village Homes residents – $10 at the door

3 APLD CEU awarded for attendance at this event

Questions? Email or call Gary Kernick 916-835-6920.