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Phyto Filtration: The Power of Plants

July 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am EST - 11:30 am EST

$10 - $20

Nature uses vegetated depressions, wetlands, marshes, etc. to clean stormwater runoff by removing sediments, turbidity, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Some pollutants are removed by vegetation uptake, some by slowing the flow down enough for sedimentation to occur, and some by biota consumption and ionic attraction around the roots. In the built environment, stormwater best management practices include vegetative removal of pollutants through the use of raingardens, bioswales, vegetative buffers, and constructed wetlands. And common to all of these is the vegetation component.

Join Rip Sokol for this behind-the-scenes tour of Fourth Generation Nursery to learn about Vegetative (Phyto) Filtration. Rip will discuss several vegetative filter types in the nursery area as well as review the “dry” set-up of multiple configurations. Vertical and horizontal flow patterns will be compared along with common types of “mechanical” filtration. Pros and cons of installation mechanics and resultant maintenance requirements will be discussed and demonstrated. Both hardy and tropical plant communities can be assembled and compared for short and long term efficacy.

Fourth Generation Nursery is the largest stocking distributor of products for the construction and maintenance of water features east of the Poconos. They are also the oldest and largest wholesale grower of aquatic plants north of New Jersey, focusing on established ornamental & functional plants for ponds and streams. They propagate about 98% of the plants they sell right in Mendon and have introduced a select few hybrids into the trade, most notably the Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea) ‘Cliff Tiffany’ chosen as the 2009 Best New Hardy Lily.

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R. P. “Rip” Sokol has worked in the horticulture industry for over 50 years, has been growing plants since the age of five, and created his first water garden at age He has been a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist since 1986 and belongs to multiple nursery associations. Rip is the co-owner of Fourth Generation Nursery, a wholesale nursery and supplier in Mendon, MA. The Sokol family has been engaged in horticulture for over 100 years, and began Fourth Generation Nursery in 1989.


July 20, 2017
9:30 am EST - 11:30 am EST
$10 - $20
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Penny Lewis


Fourth Generation Nursery
52 Bates Street
Mendon, MA 01756 United States
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2 people are attending Phyto Filtration: The Power of Plants

  • Joy Campbell
  • Paul Keane


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Phyto Filtration Member Ticket$10.00Learn the power of plants in water filtration. And learn about the technology behind various systems.

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Phyto Filtration Non-Member Ticket$20.00Learn the power of plants in water filtration. And learn about the technology behind various systems.

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