Forty-four years ago Christopher P. Stone wrote an essay that was both ridiculed by the legal profession and praised by the young environmental movement--Should Trees Have Standing. He proposed that natural objects, such a piece of land, a river, or a mountain--could and should be granted legal rights, including the right to sue for damages. The Maori of New Zealand have finally made it a reality.

See this New York Times article. 


NEW PlantAmnesty Seeks Landscape for Restoration!

NOTICE  PlantAmnesty Fundraiser Garden Renovation

Contacts: PlantAmnesty office 206-783-9813, or

Cass Turnbull, Director, 206-783-9093,

Event: Landscape Sought for Benefit Renovation       Date & time: TBD

A neglected landscape in King County is sought for a professional cleanup to be done by the local nonprofit PlantAmnesty – a national leader in ethical and sustainable pruning and gardening.This is fundraiser for the organization and a bargain for a home owner with the needy landscape.

Do you, or someone you know, have a horticulturally significant landscape in need of some serious TLC? We are looking for a property that is overgrown, providing challenges in pruning, weeding and invasive plant removal. This could be an opportunity for a quick improvement for potential home sellers

For a donation less than the market value of $3,000 + of the work, a team of experienced, and trained gardeners will transform the chosen property in a day. Over fifty hours of professional labor, including 3 hrs of ISA certified arborist work, will be done. The property owner gets high quality work done at a discount price, with the added bonus of the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from donating to a worthy cause.

Plant Amnesty is a non-profit organization with an aim to educate homeowners and landscape professionals about proper pruning practices. We host monthly classes at the UW Botanical Gardens and Magnuson Park, as well as seasonal hands-on workshops. Our founder, Cass Turnbull, has been in the business of horticulture for over 40 years, is the author of Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning, and gives regular lectures at home and nationally.

For more information or if you are interested, please contact us to determine if you are eligible!  PlantAmnesty office 206-783-9813 or


 Cass Article in The Seattle Times- Read it Here!