Kenneth P. Soergel <BIO>     pronounced (sore) as in pain + (gel) as in gelding


I have been in the landscape industry since receiving my MLA degree.  Before I moved to Tennessee, I was the owner of a Landscape Architecture firm and at a different time, the owner of a design/build company. Simultaneous with operating these firms, I was an Adjunct faculty member, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor on both graduate and undergraduate landscape design programs.  See experience section for details.


Current Membership

Recent Former Activities

·        National Arborist Association until 2004

·        International Society of Arboriculture until 2004

·        Jonesborough Tree and Townscape Board 2005-2007

   Professional Experience

·                 Owner of Kenneth Soergel, A.S.L.A, Jonesborough , TN

·                 Owner design-build landscape company for 25 years.  Sold to son in 2004.

·                 7 years concurrent-Adjunct faculty at Chatham College in Master’s of landscape studies.

·                 13 years Associate Professor in Landscape Horticulture at University of Maryland .

·                 10 years concurrent, owner of Landscape Architecture firm, with projects from Florida and Louisiana to New York and Massachusetts

Basic Education

·        Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

·        Master of Landscape Architecture,   Harvard University

Family History

·                 My family has been rooted in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

·                 My father, a horticulturist grew and maintained plants for estates for his entire professional life.

·                 My son, a landscape architect, specializes in design-build of waterfalls and water features.

·                 My daughter is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University .

·                 I have been a registered Landscape Architect from 1969 to 2005





Links you may be interested in

My professional society.


My son and daughter are landscape architects, click below to review their webs.

My son, Kevin, a landscape architect who installs water features in PA

My daughter, Cathy, is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at LSU and owner of CSM Designs


Recent Educational Seminars

Woody Plant Biology

Weed control in Turfgrass

GIS. Educational Solutions

Green Roof Design

Parks, Cities and their Interrelationship

Soil Science

Growing Greener Communities

Playground Safety

Transferable Development Rights: How to Make Them Work

Weed Control in Field Grown Nursery Stock

Creating and Recreating Communities

Building Greener Neighborhoods

Design Alternatives for Business Districts

Pesticides and Consumers

Focus on Exotic Pest Introductions

Tools for Preserving the Built and Archaeological Heritage of Your Municipality

How to Navigate Through Federal and State Historic Preservation Regulations

Construction that Fits the Forest

New Japanese Maples

Sustainable Landscape Ideas

Cumberland Region Quality Growth Toolbox

Renewable Energy Power Systems

Monitoring and Managing Diseases of Woody Ornamentals

The Right Tree for the Right Place

Holston Valley Green Building Stormwater Management

Designing Growth Areas Through County and Municipal Partnerships

Creative Ways to Get Form-Based Code

Utilizing Pest Resistant Native Plants to Minimize Pesticide Use

Diagnosing Plant Problems

Insect and Mite Pests of Trees and Shrubs

Community Connection: Building Collaborative Relationships

Designing a BMP Stormwater Management System

Home Page       



Two additional sites you may be interested in.         

Jeanne Cope | The Joyful Gardener

A Master Gardener for Everyone


What Grows There

A Site for Gardeners by Hugh Conlon





Home Page     

  For landscape design in Jonesborough, Johnson City, Kingsport or Bristol contact Kenneth Soergel at 423.753.7701.