The Education Committee is responsible for all aspects of PlantAmnesty’s education offering to the public including setting class and workshop curriculum.
The Events Committee plans and executes events which are educational, which raise funds, are membership benefits, or are of general interest or amusement to the public. Currently the committee is responsible for the Flower and Garden Show booth, BINGO, and the Holiday Party.
Past activities have included summer garden tours, parade entry with float, precision fan raking marching drill team, walking forest; gardener’s triathlon; Festival of Trees; Celebrity Gardeners’ Auction; mutilated tree protests; and the plant sale.
We need individuals who are good with numbers. Maybe you are Type A and very picky about columns and order. If so, this might just be the committee for you! PlantAmnesty’s Finance Committee meets on a quarterly basis with the Board Treasurer. The Annual Report and the elements that go into it are the primary focus of this committee. We look to the Finance Committee for input on fundraising ideas and guidance on business decisions. Being a gardener is not a prerequisite for this committee – we have plenty of those already.
HERITAGE TREE COMMITTEE
The Heritage Tree Committee members review nominations and select heritage trees. They also plan and execute Heritage Tree Dedications each year.
Large dedications have included such highlights as Mayor Paul Schell walking with PlantAmnesty’s Walking Forest (tree costumes) into the woods of Seward Park to dedicate a four hundred year old Douglas fir tree. We have also had Seattle City Council Members Jan Drago and Nick Licata climb high into trees being dedicated, using ropes and arborists’ saddles.
The rest of the committee’s time is spent working out the policies of the Heritage Tree Program, with two annual ‘weighty matters’ meetings and reviewing trees nominated for heritage tree status.
TREE PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
So many trees, so little time… The members of this committee organize and execute educational seminars, fundraising events and a donated Arbor Day Tree Prune. Being an arborist is not a pre-requisite for participating in this group but being passionate about trees is.
On the educational front we have had panel discussions with gardeners and designers to explain tree biology and discuss what makes a hazard tree. There is discussion about why and how trees need to be protected and respected in the garden and on the construction site. Too often an arborist is called to look at a tree after the house has been built or the landscape has been installed; usually the damage done could have been avoided. Heightened awareness is critical in our urban environment before the heavy equipment comes in, before the grade is changed, before the patio is installed. Help us continue to get the word out.
Each Arbor Day, as part of PlantAmnesty’s Arbor Day Tree Prune, arborists from PlantAmnesty’s Referral Service volunteer their day to deadwood specimen trees in one of our city’s parks, public gardens, arboretum and school yards. Our parks are often overworked and understaffed and the trees rarely get the attention they deserve. This is another classic ‘win-win’ situation in that a community service is performed and the arborists get the ability to work on gorgeous big trees like the beautiful European Beeches at Volunteer Park, or the Oaks at the Arboretum. Their work is rarely noticed because they are so skilled; of course the trees themselves are the work of art. Planning this event requires meeting several times during the winter to determine a site. On the day of the event we need volunteers to haul limbs, and support the arborists as they work their magic.
Donated Work Days happen when a PlantAmnesty arborist donates a day’s worth of work to PlantAmnesty. Sometimes the job is big enough that several crews are called in to get the job done. Then it’s like a crow party! It is amazing to watch the skilled arborists swing from limb to limb, bringing out the natural beauty of each individual canopy.
The mission of the Outreach Committee is to raise awareness of bad pruning and plant care, and provide professionals and amateurs with readily accessible and easily understood solutions. We are always on the lookout for marketing, computer-savy people to help us get our message out there using social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter) and other media means.
Contact us if you would like more information on these committees.