LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT 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. 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 environmentally-sensible practices
with a wide palette of visually and texturally interesting California-friendly plants, breathing new life and a sense of place into every garden.
GISELA GARAY, PROJECT DESIGNER
A landscape designer creating California-friendly gardens primarily on small-scale residential designs, Gisela knows the effects global warming and lack of access to clean water can have on disadvantaged communities. She advocates for individuals, organizations, and businesses involved in adopting solutions for the welfare of our environment and humankind. Her keen interest in social justice and community service ignites a strong will to do her part in promoting a better world. Since 2012 through the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s
Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development Summer Night Lights Program she has taught edible gardening workshops in communities throughout the city. Her workshops demonstrate the health benefits and feasibility of raising food in the city for those with little outdoor space.
“ Shawn Maestretti provided landscaping services during our restoration of the historic John Lautner house Silvertop. Throughout the process, Shawn and his employees have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep plantings healthy and safe. He has worked tirelessly to help us save several drought-stressed large trees, around which the house was designed and which are essential architectural features of the house. Shawn has a wide breadth of expertise and knowledge of plant materials, and he is always reliable and professional, continually communicating with us in a clear and friendly manner. I look forward to working with his company for many years to come. ”
“ I am an architect and Shawn was the landscape architect for several projects of mine recently. He thoughtfully and enthusiastically designed each garden project with the clients' goals and preferences in mind. His presentations were very professional and easy for clients to understand. Shawn has an excellent knowledge of plant materials and is particularly interested and familiar with native California plants which is currently a very important consideration. My clients have been very happy with his work, and his landscaping enhances my work. ”
“ Shawn has overseen the re-landscaping of our hillside and several smaller projects. One thing I really like, besides his creative and knowledgeable approaches, is the follow through. He is reliable and you can count on him and his crew to complete the jobs on time and pretty much on budget. He keeps you informed of the progress. I enjoy working with him and his team. It is a pleasure to recommend him. ”