Ambler Campus: Kate Kennen on Phytoremediation: Pollution Purging Plants!

This program is part of Season of Spring Public Programs at and is also co-sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Ambler Campus and is made possible through the use of GAF funds.

So you’ve had the soil tested and it’s not good news. Can plants help remediate your site’s contaminants? With careful research and planning, integrating phytoremediation (phytotechnology) plantings, a relatively new technology, into landscape design work can result in huge financial and environmental benefits. This talk will review the tools to create ‘phyto’ landscapes that enhance environmental conditions. A summary of plant species and example projects will be provided.

Kate Kennen is a landscape architect, and founder of Offshoots, Inc. ( a Boston, MA design practice focused on productive planting techniques and phytotechnology consulting. Kate earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with distinction from Harvard University. Kate’s recent book, PHYTO: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design has received national awards and was named one of the top 10 new landscape books by ASLA in 2015.