PlantAmnesty, established in 1987, is a 1000-member mock-militant nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs caused by mal-pruning. We have a sense of humor and a mission. We specialize in using the media to alert the public to crimes against nature being committed in their own back yards, specifically tree topping and the nuisance shearing of shrubs. Once we have the public's attention, we supply all the solutions: a referral service of skilled gardeners and arborists, classes and workshops, instructional YouTube videos and how-to literature on selective pruning in English and Spanish.

PlantAmnesty's second goal is to provide solutions to the problems of landscape mismanagement. So, as you can imagine, we have many ways to help you do right by your yard or garden. We have pruning literature, pruning classes and workshops (some in Spanish), a book, over a hundred YouTube how-to videos, DVDs, a referral service of qualified gardeners and certified arborists, a pruning hotline, free pruning for needy and deserving trees and gardens and a Seattle Heritage Tree Program. In addition, we can also provide speakers on a variety of pruning topics.

PlantAmnesty's goal is to end bad pruning, which is ubiquitous. The three main forms of bad pruning are tree topping, shrub and tree shearing and over-thinning. Overplanting is another form of plant abuse that inevitably affects the plants health. The definition of good pruning is pruning that maintains or improves the long-term health and beauty of the plant. We have collected a series of articles on each of these topics. Please click on the one that interests you.

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#malpruning #artoratrocity #plantamnesty #extremepruning #extremehedging

Posted on Mar 11, 2021  •  Facebook

Give that tree enough room! #rightplantright place #pruning #malpruning #cedrusatlantica glauca #horticulture #arboriculture

Posted on Mar 09, 2021  •  Facebook

Welcome our new Executive Director, Maggie Rogers! She brings fresh energy and ideas to the organization and we loo…

Posted on Mar 04, 2021  •  Twitter

Impressive towers in this photo. May you all find something inspiring in your week!

Posted on Feb 28, 2021  •  Facebook

A few weeks ago we received a call from someone who wanted to have their neighbors tree removed because it was maki…

Posted on Jul 02, 2019  •  Twitter

One week til Arbor Day! Please spend part of your lunch hour with us on April 10 and help tell the city "don't clea…

Posted on Apr 03, 2019  •  Twitter

PlantAmnesty supports Beacon Arts effort to Save Garden House! Garden House is one of the oldest homes in Seattle a…

Posted on Feb 20, 2019  •  Twitter

It should come as no surprise that we love pruning! Did you know that we have an entire YouTube page dedicated to a…

Posted on Feb 12, 2019  •  Twitter

With round 2 of Snowmageddon 2019 on the horizon, we have decided to postpone our Master Pruner Class: Rose Pruning…

Posted on Feb 07, 2019  •  Twitter

Have you been to Middlefork at the SAM yet?

Posted on Jan 27, 2019  •  Twitter

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