Learn from the Experts: Petro Design Blog


Kathleen Litchfield President of Petro Design/Build, Inc. Kathleen Litchfield
President of Petro Design/Build Group, is one of the Washington area's leading landscape and garden design experts. Her insightful advice on landscape design, construction, and practice has been published and quoted innumerous regional and national magazines. She has developed and taught accredited courses in horticulture and has lectured for garden clubs, the National Association of Remodeling Industry, the Landscape Contractors Association, the Smithsonian Educational Series, the George Washington University landscape design program, and the Washington Design Center.

Kent Richard Abraham, Principle Architect with Abraham/Petro Kent Richard Abraham,
Principal Architect with Abraham/Petro a division of Petro Design/Build He is a member of the US Green Building Council 2006. His education includes Bachelor of Architecture, 1970, University of Nebraska, With Honors (Cum Laude),Awarded the Faculty Award, Outstanding Senior Student; Master of Architecture, 1971, University of Pennsylvania, Studio of Louis Kahn. He has served as Chair, Thesis committee school of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America Washington, DC since 1978.


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Maryland State Champion Catalpa speciosa

Two years ago we were presented a plaque for having a Maryland State Champion Catalpa speciosa on our property.  Today, Joe Kirkbride (the taxonomist with the National Arboretum) came by to collect seeds for hybridization at the arboretum.

As beautiful, unique and sweet-smelling we always knew this magnificent tree to be; turns out that the arboretum is hybridizing this tree with a Chinese species in an attempt to develop an urban street tree!
During this time of year I always stop along the drive out of our office to inhale the incredible aroma from our Champion Catalpa.  If you are not familiar with this tree it will be one of your favorites in the future.

F.A.C.T.S. 2010 Student Built House Dedication

This Friday Petro’s Kathleen Litchfeild, FACTS Vice Chair in her “spare time”, will be helping to dedicate the 2010 Student Built House.  This is the 35th house built by the FACTS Program (Foundation of Automotive & Construction Technology for Sutdents).  Friday’s dedication will begin at 11:30 and showcase the students skills, plus display what they have learned through this process.  Additionally,  Kathleen will be conducting a special presentation on the FACTS Program, a group she helped found, build, and see succeed through the years.

More Event Information:

2010 FACTS Student Built House Dedication, May 7, 11:30am

8205 Student Drive, Clinton MD 20735

See www.pgcps.org for more information