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  • signed Thank You Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew 2017-05-05 19:18:08 -0700
    I do not know much of your practices, but I will take it from this group, you are honoring the earth, the plants, the worms, and the lifecycle. If you are NOT using pesticides and herbicides on the public lawns….I am FOR you! I love dandelions, they are an eyesore only for those who know nothing of their value. If we were eating all those dandelion greens and roots, we would be healthier, immuno-strengthened, and vital! It is a form of ignorance to speak against the dandelion, one of our hardiest and most valuable plant friends.

    Thank you groundskeepers, for the beauteous and good work you do on behalf of the grounds. I do wish, however, that with all that expanse, all that lawn, we could have more flower gardens, perennials, native bushes and plants. It seems like so much GRASS, not a natural phenom. Is there a rose garden on site? I wish the greenhouse was still full of plants, rather than boarded up for years and years, looking bereft. I remember the old Christmas cactus that was something like 100 years old, if I’m remembering correctly?

    Ah, well…..keep up the work that honors the bees, the trees, and all. NO pesticides. NO herbicides. No Round-Up….EVER.

    Thank you!!

    Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew

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    (photo courtesy Neil Harris, taken March 31, 2017)

    Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!

    You can send your own thank you note to the following address:

    Brent Chapman and Staff
    Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
    PO Box 41401
    Olympia, WA 98504-1401

    Thank you, groundskeepers!

    In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!

    Please sign this virtual thank you card and share with friends on social media. We will collect signatures until May 8, 2017 and then deliver to the groundskeeping staff.

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    dandeliontycard.jpgThe Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!

    We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.

    Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.

    Thank you to the hardworking crew at the capitol!

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