The Second Storm

     After the snowmageddon storms of 2019, we have been
     noticing an increase in calls to our referral service by
     worried tree owners. Many of these tree owners are
     concerned that their tree may fail if another strong
     storm comes our way.  
     These tree owners would like have an arborist top their tree
     or reduce it in size in an attempt to circumvent a future

     PlantAmnesty strongly suggests that before doing anything
     drastic like tree topping or tree removal, it would be wise
     to have a certified arborist do a Tree Risk Assessment.

In fact, our founder, Cass Turnbull, wrote an article on just this post-storm phenomenon titled 'The Second Storm'! Click HERE to read the full article.

Cass also wrote an article addressing winter damage to shrubs.  Click HERE to read 'Winter Damage'

Call our Referral Service, at 206-783-9813 , and we will give you the contact information for qualified arborists who work in your area. 


        Our sentiments,















PlantAmnesty YouTube Channel


Are you waiting for the snow to melt?  Check out our YouTube channel HERE

On 2018, we added 15 new pruning how-to videos which brings our total number of videos up to 110.

Perfect for binging on a snowy winter day!




 Upcoming  Events




2018 Flower and Garden Festival

When: Wednesday, February 20 - Sunday, February 24, 2019

Where:  Washington State Convention Center

It's one of the biggest horticultural events of the year and PlantAmnesty will be there to continue to spread the word about our mission and help educate our community about proper pruning. We hope you'll stop by our booth to learn more about what we've been up or consider volunteering to help us spread the good word!

Laura Watson, the ultimate Clemaniac (and PA Board Member, Master Gardener and Master Pruner) will be dishing about vertical gardening (Embrace Vertical Gardening! Embellish Your Garden with Vines) at the Festival this year on Saturday, February 23 at 6:45 PM. You can view more about the event and speakers here .

All of our volunteer spots have been filled for 2019. If you would like to back up just in case we have any cancellations, please e-mail [email protected] with dates/times you could be available.

Volunteering or not, we hope to see you there!

 2019 Prune-A-Thon - Saturday, March 2

Save the date now! The 2019 Prune-A-Thon will be held at Sky Nursery on Saturday, March 2! The event will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The schedule is out!

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. My Rhody's Too Big with Shawna Van Nimwegen
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Forgiving Plants to Prune (Lilac, Camellia, Azalea) with Mary Machala
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Training Young Fruit Trees with Ingela Wanerstrand
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Japanese Maple Pruning with Pete Putnicki

Check out the Events Page for More information

In addition to great lectures, we're also going to have tool sharpening and education along with some great games for the kids! Come ready to learn and ready to purchase all of your spring plants! Sky Nursery generously donates a portion of all of the sales made during Prune-A-Thon to PlantAmnesty!

Sky Nursery
18528 Aurora Ave N

Shoreline, WA 98133   

What are our friends up to?

 Harpscapes Gardening Job Opportunity

We are looking for a part time gardening assistant to join our team and help with regular maintenance activities, including, but not limited to: pruning, deadheading, raking, weeding, mulching, occasional planting, and assisting with seasonal and year-round containers.

The ideal candidate will have a 2-year degree from a horticulture program and/or one to two years of hands on experience with plants and plant maintenance.  You should be able to interact responsibly and professionally with clients and others, be a proactive team member and be able to work quickly but with an eye to detail.

This position requires that you have a reliable vehicle and a valid drivers license. We often work multiple sites in a single day so the ability to get to and transition between sites is a must. You should be organized and prepared to work in all weather, be able to lift heavy items periodically and be able to maneuver safely on uneven surfaces.  

Number of hours as well as start and finish times may vary depending on season. We are flexible and will work with you to establish the right schedule suitable for your needs. Starting wage is competitive and dependent on your level of experience and credentials.

A positive, reliable individual with the right level of horticulture knowledge and experience and a love of gardening is who we are looking for. If this sounds like you please forward your resume and let us know you are interested. We love gardening and love working with others who share our enthusiasm!

Forward resume and/or work and educational experience to: [email protected]


Danny Woo Community Garden

The Danny Woo Community Garden is raising money to hire professional arborists to do some major pruning with their trees. Check out the donation LINK and then contact Lizzy to get more information. 

Tilth Alliance

Check out these classes that are currently offered by our friends at Tilth Alliance

Grow Fruit in Urban Spaces (in partnership with City Fruit).  February 9th, 2019  Click HERE for more information.

Fruit Tree Pruning Basics.  February 23rd, 2019.  Click HERE for more information

Kelley Garden Service Job Opportunity

Kelley Garden Service is currently seeking a new gardener to join their team.  Click HERE to take a look at their job posting.

 WSU Job Opportunity

Click HERE to view a recent job opportunity with WSU Clallam County Master Gardener/Stream Steward position.

City Fruit Master Fruit Tree Steward Program

Calling all fruit tree enthusiasts! City Fruit is now accepting applications for the 2019 Master Fruit Tree Steward (MFTS) Program.  If you love fruit trees and want to be able to better care for fruit trees in your own backyard, at a neighbor's house, or in public orchards to help preserve Seattle's urban fruit canopy, then this program is for you!  

MFTS classes prepare community members to grow, cultivate and care for fruit trees in the greater Seattle community. The program is open to students of all ages, perspectives, and abilities. There will be a total of 6 hands-on workshops that combine both classroom and urban orchard experiences to gain skills in identifying, planting, pruning, harvesting and sharing fruit from local fruit trees. The instruction fee is $250 plus a $45 material fee. The program is limited to 16 students so fill out your application soon! The registration will close on November 30.

2019 Class Dates
2019 Learning Sessions:: Feb 1, March 2, April 3
2019 Practical Sessions: June 8, July 13, August 17

Visit the City Fruit web site for more details: CLICK HERE