Tributes to Cass Turnbull and the Future of PlantAmnesty

Cass Turnbull, founder and president of PlantAmnesty passed away on January 26th, 2017 while on vacation in Hawaii. The Seattle Times published an article written by Lynda Mapes as well as her obituary. Other tributes include: The Ballard News-Tribune, The Evergrey, My Limited Time with Cass Turnbull by Heidi Fehr Hower and Ciscoe Morris' Radio Show broadcast on January 28th. And our Spring 2017 Newsletter includes more memories and tributes to our founder.



On March 25th, 2017, over 500 people gathered to celebrate the life and times of Cass. Participants included past students, colleagues, friends, family and people touched by Cass in many ways. Speakers included:

  • Keith Dekker (former VP, PlantAmnesty)
  • George Ortiz (Pruning Workshops for Spanish Speakers)
  • Anna Moore (current President, PlantAmnesty)
  • Bess Bronstein (friend, arborist and educator)
  • Dan Hinkley (friend and plantsman)
  • Jane Rueberry (family member)
  • Sarah Pedersen (family friend)
  • Barbara Ballard (family friend)

Cass Turnbull's Celebration of Life on March 25th, 2017

Thank you to Sky Nursery, the arborists, choir, volunteers and so many more who made this event a fitting tribute to an amazing woman. The program ended with a video clip provided by Jim McKenna.


June 12, 2017 was proclaimed Cass Turnbull Day by the Seattle City Council. You can view the presentation by Sally Bagshaw..... beginning at minute 11 and ending around minute 17.

 In addition to the published articles, the PlantAmnesty office received letters and emails offering condolences and paying tribute to Cass, including this letter from the Mayor of Seattle: