Meeting of Like Minds
Barbara McMichael from SoCoCulture

When: Tuesday, February 19
             7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Center for Urban Horticulture
             3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Free for ALL PlantAmnesty Members!   Renew your membership or bring a friend who would like to join!
Join us at our first MOLM of the year to learn all about some of the great work that tree lovers are doing throughout South King County and beyond.
Barbara McMichael, staff member and contributor to the growing SoCoCulture group, will bring you up to speed on how her group is drawing attention to the overall impact of trees, from environmental to cultural. SoCoCulture has many members who are rooted in botany, including the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, Soos Creek Botanical Garden, PowellsWood, the Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Pacific Bonsai Museum, and the Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Committee.
What caught our eye and made this group stand out is the Forest for the Trees Map, a crowd sourced map that was created to give tree lovers and opportunity to talk about the trees that they love, and why. Giving trees a voice.
As always, dinner is potluck style, so bring a dish or beverage to share. If you don't bring anything you can always make a donation at the table.




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

Where:  Washington State Convention Center




This is 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 discussing her favorite vine at the Festival this year on Saturday, February 23 at 6:45 PM. 

Volunteers will receive an all day pass to the event for representing PlantAmnesty and helping us get new members. We're continually working on educating the growing public about why pruning is more important than just an aesthetic or a view. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Michelle Rau at [email protected] with the following information:

  • Which day(s) you can volunteer in order of preference
  • Times that you can volunteer ( shifts available 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. / 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (except Sunday)
  • E-mail address and phone number
  • Is this your first time volunteering at a boothing event (and would you like to attend volunteer training before the show?)

Volunteering or not, we hope to see you there!

      2019 Prune-A-Thon at Sky Nursery2019 Prune-A-Thon

When: Saturday March 2nd.  9am-4pm
Where:  Sky Nursery

                 18528 Aurora Ave N
                 Shoreline, WA 98133

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

In addition to great lectures and demonstrations we're going to have the NE Seattle Tool Library on hand to teach you how to clean and sharpen your tools (they'll sharpen up to 2 hand tools), ISA Certified Arborists to answer your pressing tree questions, a kids booth and more!

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!





A Walk through the Rhododendron Species Garden
with Steve Hootman 
An educational FUNdraiser


When: Tuesday, March 5 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th St. 
Federal Way, WA 98003
Fee: $30 - Pre-Registration Required. Call 206-783-9813 or e-mail [email protected], space is limited.

After hearing Steve Hootman speak at our Meeting of Like Minds last year, we knew we had to take a walk through one of the most extensive collections of Rhododendrons in the world with him. Steve is the Director and Curator of this amazing garden and will give us insight to the design and development as well as speak to us about the Washington State Flower.


     Meeting of Like Minds with  Van Bobbitt
     Trees and Forests of Western Australia


     When: Tuesday, April 16th
                   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
     Where: Center for Urban Horticulture
                  3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Free for ALL PlantAmnesty Members! Renew your membership or bring a friend who would like to join!
Van Bobbitt, horticultural instructor and arboretum curator at South Seattle Community College (retired), winner of the Educator of the Year Award from WSNLA in 2014, ISA Certified Arborist, and author recently returned from an extensive 5 month adventure in Western Australia. 
Come hear about his travels and the trees and forests of Western Australia. We've also been told that he may sneak in some flowers and perennials, and are looking forward to seeing the world through his eyes!
As always, dinner is potluck style, so bring a dish or beverage to share. If you don't bring anything you can always make a donation at the table.

 Urban Forest Symposium

Trees for the Future: The critical role of
urban forests in combating the climate crisis.

When: Tuesday, May 21 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Reception to follow 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Center for Urban Horticulture 
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

In-person: $85 for first 100 registrations (lunch covered by sponsorship), then $100
Full-time student / Corps member, in-person: $45
Remote Attendance*: $70 (discounts available for groups attending remotely) 
Co-hosted by PlantAmnesty and UWBG


The Honorable Hilary Franz, Washington State's Commissioner of Public Lands, will be joined by local experts from academic, nonprofit, business, and government sectors, for a robust discussion of climate change impacts to the urban forest, and how local communities are taking action. This year's speakers will present the latest information on emerging challenges to the health of urban forests, initiatives to improve urban forest habitat connectivity, elevating trees as green storm water infrastructure and incorporating urban forest value into innovative carbon credit systems. Learn what you need to know to support a healthy and resilient local urban forest, and contribute to addressing global climate change.


     Walk through Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
     with Joseph Abken
     An educational FUNdraiser


     When: Saturday, May 25 
                10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

     Where: Kruckeberg Garden
                 20312 15th Ave NW
                 Shoreline, WA 98177
     Fee: $30 - Pre-Registration Required.
             Call 206-783-9813 or e-mail [email protected]
             Space is limited.

Come take a tour through Kruckeberg Garden with Joseph Abken, Executive Director. Nearly every plant in this garden was started from a seed or cutting by Art and Maureen Kruckeberg starting back in 1957. This is a unique woodland garden that has gorgeous Northwest native plants and unique specimens to inspire you. If you haven't seen this garden before, or if you have and you'd like to be reminded of its beauty, this is a great opportunity.