Charles Nafziger signed Thank You Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew 2017-04-24 20:00:31 -0700In the Alger Garden Tour weeds are a requirement. If the gardens on the tour have no weeds, the organizers bring them in. Something is drastically wrong if there are no weeds.
(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.431 signatures
The 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!
Charles Nafziger commented on Contact Us 2016-06-14 11:25:48 -0700I received your email about “Bee Stewards.” I have a concern about projects like these because the pesticide problem is bigger than most people realize and many of the plants that may used have hidden neonics. I wrote an article about this:
I try to stress all pollinators, not just bees, because understanding the diversity, and the importance of diversity, makes it harder to find exceptions to any “no pesticide” policy. Personally, I would like to improve a pipeline clearing next to my property as a pollinator corridor. I have been doing some planting experiments and will do more this fall. If you have any questions or comments on this, get in touch.
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