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Plant Amnesty was founded by arborist Cass Turnbull on October 22, 1987, as a mock protest group intended to educate the public about the problems associated with pruning techniques which are biologically harmful to plants and counter productive to the goals of landscape design and management; most notably tree topping. The stated mission of the organization "is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs." Plant Amnesty also provides an "adopt-a-plant" exchange for unwanted, healthy plants.
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- Ann's Organic Garden: Let Plant Amnesty prune you into shape[dead link]
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- "Welcome to PlantAmnesty". Plantamnesty.org. Retrieved 2011-04-23.