Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew

(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.

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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  • signed via 2017-05-09 18:03:08 -0700
    Thank you for keeping us all healthy by limiting your use of pesticides. Dandelion salad is delicious!
  • signed via 2017-05-09 17:02:32 -0700
    Thank you for limiting your use of pesticides on the Capitol Campus. Dandelions are cool anyway. You can make jelly out of them. It’s surprisingly decent tasting.
  • signed via 2017-05-09 16:21:11 -0700
    Thank you!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-09 12:11:45 -0700
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  • signed via 2017-05-09 12:10:55 -0700
    Creating pollinator friendly space is a good thing for the entire state. (Getting ride of scotch broom is a good follow-up!) :)

    Thank you!
  • signed via 2017-05-09 09:49:00 -0700
    I wholeheartedly support the grounds keeping staff at our State Capital. If only our State Senators could concern themselves as much with the issues of their constituency as they do with the weeds in the grass!
  • signed via 2017-05-09 09:12:33 -0700
    Thanks for keeping the Capitol Grounds so beautiful. Know that your work is valued unlike that of some state senators.
  • signed 2017-05-09 07:13:52 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-08 19:32:54 -0700
  • signed via 2017-05-08 19:10:46 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-08 18:38:16 -0700
    Thanks for not using pesticides! I love the experimental wildflowers. They are beautiful. Ignore the goofballs that can’t grasp what you are doing. The rest of us get it, and we appreciate your extra effort. So do the birds, bees and butterflies!
  • signed 2017-05-08 15:09:12 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-08 11:23:08 -0700
    Patricia A. Holm
  • signed via 2017-05-08 09:46:14 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 09:00:45 -0700
    Sign the Card: Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew
  • signed via 2017-05-08 09:00:25 -0700
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  • signed via 2017-05-07 22:48:30 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-07 22:21:15 -0700
  • signed via 2017-05-07 20:58:11 -0700
    Thank you so much for keeping my workplace so beautiful.
  • signed via 2017-05-07 20:30:12 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-07 19:39:45 -0700
  • signed via 2017-05-07 19:09:46 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-07 18:01:24 -0700
    Dandelions are the first food for bees in the spring. An agricultural state needs healthy bees. You would think our representatives would want more dandelions not less! Thank you Capitol groundskeepers for doing your part to save the bees!
  • signed 2017-05-07 17:57:08 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-07 17:36:16 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-07 17:19:52 -0700
    Every time I walk to the Capitol Campus, I am so very proud to say that I live in this city, the Capitol of my state! Thanks go out all year long to the crews who keep the entire area looking so beautiful!
  • signed 2017-05-07 16:37:02 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-07 16:23:22 -0700
    Tim Ransom
  • signed 2017-05-07 15:40:14 -0700
    Carole B Richmond