Cass Turnbull Garden

When Kay Bullitt died in August 2021, Seattle Parks and Recreation took possession of her property where we are building the Cass Garden. Kay had deeded the property to SPR to become a city park. SPR has hired a consultant, Karen Kiest Landscape Architects, to lead a planning and design process to determine what kind of the park the public wants on the site. While this process proceeds, SPR has limited PlantAmnesty’s access to the property and the Cass Turnbull Garden. With explicit SPR permission we are allowed to hold periodic work parties to maintain the plantings that have already been installed in the garden but have been instructed not to do any new work on the garden and to cease offering tours. To keep abreast of developments with the Cass Garden, request quarterly updates from info@plantamnesty.org. To keep informed of SPR’s planning process, visit their website at https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/projects/1125-harvard-avenue-east.

 

The Cass Turnbull Garden: Building a Resource for the Community

  • Honoring Cass Turnbull, PlantAmnesty’s late founder and horticultural leader in the community
  • Supports PlantAmnesty’s Mission: Provide Education, Resources, and Advocacy to Prevent Mal-pruning and Preserve Urban Greenspace
  • Located at Kay Bullitt’s residence on Harvard Avenue East on Capitol Hill
  • A future Seattle Parks and Recreation public garden

 

Click on the photos below to learn more about the amazing history and evolution of the garden

Cass Garden Contributors

Anderson Gardens (design)
Aurora Rents (discounted rentals)
CalPortland (gravel)
Caring Landscapes—George Ortiz (labor, materials, equipment)
Cedar Grove Compost (compost)
Children’s Hospital (plants, granite stones, labor)
Cline Rentals, Lynnwood (discounted rentals)
Columbian Gardens LLC (consultation, labor)
Edmonds Community College Horticulture Program (design)
Exteriorscapes—Cameron Scott (consultation, gravel, stone, labor, equipment)
Flourish NW—Emily Ross (irrigation consultation, supplies, labor)
Fluent Tree Care—Alan Lamb (labor, equipment, arborist chips)
Garden Designz—Michelle Scannell (plants)
Greener Living Solutions—Joanna D’Asaro (design, equipment)
Ground Up Landscape—Giovanni Anichini (labor, equipment)

Kathleen Day, Landscape Consultant LLC (design)
Kelley Gardening Service—Keith Kelley (hand washing station, labor)
Madison Park Tree—Todd VanOrden (arborist chips)
Major Tree Care—Andy Major (arborist chips)
Microsoft employees thru Day of Caring 2019 (labor)
Legendary Tree—Dana Harper (arborist chips, equipment, labor)
Out on a Limb Tree Services –Kathy Holzer (arborist chips, watering bags)
Pacific Topsoils (gravel, mulch)
RedTailEdge Designs—Mary & Andrew Tuttle (design)
Rhizome d’etre Landscaping—Ruth Chaus (plants, supplies)
Seattle Parks and Recreation (consultation)
The Dirt Exchange—Gary Arc (gravel)
Thor Tree Company—Darrin Kuebler (stump grinding)
US Bank Employees thru Day of Caring 2017 (labor)
UW Landscape Architecture Program (design, construction)

 

As of January 2022, more than 250 volunteers have contributed nearly 12,000 hours to the garden.