Having spent her childhood at her family’s garden center in central Massachusetts, Kate is well versed in the plants and ecological systems of the Northeast. A registered Landscape Architect with degrees from Cornell University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she founded Kennen Landscape Architecture in 2004 and Offshoots, Inc in 2012 to create practices focused on productive planting and ecological planning. Kate’s current research and teaching concentrates on planting design and applied phytotechnologies that utilize plants to clean up contaminated sites. Her recent book, PHYTO: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (co-authored with Niall Kirkwood) received a national ASLA honor award and was named one of the top 10 new landscape books by The Dirt in 2015. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her recent and ongoing projects including Cape Cod’s Downtown Hyannis Revitalization Project, Plantworks at 725 Main Street, a phytoremediation installation on a former gas station site, and Bouyed Coasts, an environmental art installation project in Barnstable.
Director of Landscape Operations
Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH), Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional [MCLP #1626], an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional [AOLCP] with the New England Organic Farming Association [NOFA], earned a Permaculture Design Certificate [PDC] through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and has worked in the nursery business and landscape design and construction fields for over two decades. Having been involved with all sides of the industry, Joe has extensive knowledge of plants, design and installation, thereby ensuring successful collaborations with clients, designers and trade professionals. He strives to create symbiotic relationships between clients, landscape and natural ecologies. As the Director of Operations with Offshoots, Joe is responsible for managing all aspects of the installation division.
Terry Kinsler, RLA, has over 12 years of experience working on a multitude of planning, design and construction projects. He brings a strong set of design skills to both the conceptual design and construction document phases, crafting details that hold the design’s concept together. Terry came to Offshoots from Halvorson Design, where he worked on detailed design interventions on a wide-range of projects over a 5 year span. Prior to Halvorson, Terry was with Carol Johnson Associates, focused on fast-paced international mixed-use development projects.
Will Q. Smith
Will is a licensed landscape architect with 12 years of professional experience working on a range of project types, from high-end residential to large-scale public landscapes. He is fluent at shepherding projects through all stages of the design process and finds satisfaction in questioning norms, testing assumptions, and translating creative ideas into built work. His undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley provides a unique skill set for understanding the art of making landscapes through observing, interpreting, and navigating the social, economic, and ecological systems influencing public and private landscapes.
Nellie’s career as a Landscape Architect began with acquiring a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School. Nellie was then awarded full-time Teaching Assistantship positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, enabling them to pursue a Master of Landscape Architecture. Nellie’s intensive focus on green stormwater infrastructure and sustainable design throughout their studies landed them in Philadelphia, a green urbanism hotspot. Nellie worked at several types of firms ranging from large interdisciplinary engineering firms to small private practices, where their duties ranged from community engagement facilitation to construction administration. After five years in Philadelphia, Nellie’s passion and background in ecosystem service-based planning and design brought them to Offshoots in Boston. Nellie is a Registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Landscape Architectural Designer | Landscape Installation Associate
Jack has spent his life working with plants and surrounding himself with the world of nature. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Northeastern University, after spending several years working at a wholesale nursery and farm. Jack brings to Offshoots his years of experience working on residential design projects at his father’s firm, both onsite and in the office. Jack’s work combines fine gardening sensibilities with strong focuses on ecological performance and production. He is passionate about promoting harmony between the built and natural environments and strives to do so by innovatively hybridizing natural systems with both contemporary technologies, and with traditional practices.
Director of Horticulture
Mark brings his love of plants and horticulture to the Offshoots team in 2017. He is currently accredited as a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and MA Certified Horticulturist. Having studied Horticulture and Forest Management at North Shore Community College and the University of Maine, he has formal education in soils, plant biology, and arboriculture. In 2009 he was an intern at the Arnold Arboretum where he studied modern horticultural practices. His background consists of working at traditional landscape and tree care companies and has managed his own small business. Mark stays connected to nature and industry standards through extension lectures and workshops as well as working with his hands. In the winter season, Mark enjoys nature outings and visiting foreign landscapes.
Gretchen has almost twenty years in the green industry, ranging from interior plant maintenance to landscaping, garden maintenance/installation and ecological restoration. She holds certificates in MA Horticulture (MCH), National Green Infrastructure (NGICP) and Invasive Plant Management. Gretchen enjoys transforming outdoor spaces for clients through garden installations, bonus if she can provide native foraging habitat for birds and pollinators. She is an introvert willing to discuss plants, native bees, monarch butterflies, soil and stormwater.
Kit grew up on Cape Cod working with her father in his landscape business. At Rutgers University she earned a degree in natural resource management and applied ecology. In the summers she helped maintain vegetable and cutting gardens, annual, perennial and shrub borders on an estate in Oyster Harbors, MA. After graduating, Kit joined the staff of the Somerset County Park Commission’s Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, NJ, maintaining 33 acres of woodland gardens at one of the premiere rock gardens in the northeast. Next she became a horticulturist at the Arnold Arboretum; amongst other work, she was responsible for the care of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. In her spare time, she volunteers her expertise to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Rose Garden Committee as well as Roslindale Green and Clean. Kit is a Mass Certified Horticulturist, ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Umass Extension certificate in Invasive Plant Management. She is delighted to bring her love of plants and knowledge and enthusiasm for plant health care to the Offshoots team.
Liz came to the gardening and maintenance team at Offshoots by way of both an established background in farm to table culinary work and homeless advocacy. A life-long lover and cultivator of gardens, she realized she would rather be outside growing food rather than inside cooking it and pursued a path of community agriculture. She has been contracted to build several crisis-and-hunger-relief community gardens around the country. Liz has a passion for hunger relief, edible environments, and food sovereignty activism. She is excited to bring her skill sets to the team at Offshoots.
Jason hails from Manning, South Carolina. Before joining Offshoots, Jason worked at Tree Tech for several years, where he more deeply discovered his love of plants and learning about the industry of Landscape Contracting. Jason enjoys working with his hands outdoors and getting to travel around the state of Massachusetts. His favorite plant is Spice Bush!
Iain Kuttner has spent most of his life surrounded by plants and animals. He first became interested in horticulture while doing wildlife conservation work in Australia. With a background in landscape design and stone masonry, he draws inspiration from artists such as Piet Oudolf and Andy Goldsworthy. Iain views the landscape as a rich medium for artistic expression and seeks to synthesize conventional design ethos with ecological principles. He is passionate about native plants and ecological restoration. In his spare time, he enjoys road trips and tending to his indoor plant collection. His favorite tree is the White Oak.
Alex is passionate about working with plants and the concepts of sustainability and permaculture. His love of this line of work started 7 years ago at his hometown Bartlett office as a ground person and plant health care assistant. Since then he has worked in outdoor & greenhouse agriculture, landscape maintenance and install, and fine gardening. Alex is also passionate about conservation, having participated in several Trout Unlimited habitat restoration projects. He has helped design and create a community garden at Beverly High School and briefly ran a small CSA operation out of Ipswich utilizing rain collection, gravity powered irrigation, and solar power. Outside of work Alex enjoys canoeing, fishing, and playing music. One of his favorite plants is Mountain Laurel.
Anastasia is a senior at Northeastern University currently studying Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture in the College of Science and the College of Arts, Media, and Design. She found her interest in landscape architecture from learning about climate resiliency and urban planning in her coursework. During her free time, she hosts a radio show with her friends on Northeastern’s radio station and is growing her vinyl collection. Her favorite tree is the Ginkgo.
Rhys joined Offshoots in 2011 from a shelter in Malden, MA to pursue a career managing day-to-day activities including watching the door, amusing office visitors, and chasing balls. He is a gifted listener, avid hole-digger, and has recently earned a certificate in frisbee catching. He holds a B.S. in Herding, and is pursuing a master’s degree in eating grass.
Born in Vermont and raised in Massachusetts, Sam spent his youth exploring the woods, streams and ponds of New England. Having napped on a wide range of groundcovers, lawns and lounge chairs, he brings broad experience to his role as materials librarian for Offshoots. When not sleeping on the job, he enjoys swimming, playing fetch and woofing at Rhys.