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 2017-05-05 15:43:34 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-05 14:17:07 -0700
    Thank you for all of the hard work you do to keep the capitol grounds looking so nice.
  • signed 2017-05-05 13:20:19 -0700
    Thank You, to the grounds keepers at the State Capitol, it always looks nice and well groomed. For the amount of rain we have been having it most be hard to work on it without the mower sinking into the lawn. Keep up the great work.

    D Chiang & Family
  • signed 2017-05-05 13:11:07 -0700
    Any complaining legislator ought to be willing to spend a couple days on grounds work. If not, I see no reason to worry about what they say. The grounds are beautiful, dandelions happen, and it’s easy to criticize from a padded chair behind a desk. A complaint from someone without a speck of dirt under their fingernails isn’t worth spit. Keep up the good work! And, thank you for reducing pesticide use, too! Being downwind of chemicals is something worthy of complaining about, and something I’d hope our legislators might speak about more than dandelions.
  • signed 2017-05-05 11:24:48 -0700
    I’ve been appreciating the grounds keepers’ work for over 40 years! THANKS!
  • signed 2017-05-05 11:13:03 -0700
  • signed via 2017-05-05 09:47:04 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-05 09:21:37 -0700
    Ken Rubin
  • signed 2017-05-05 09:16:47 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-05 07:47:41 -0700
    Please continue your excellent work!
  • signed 2017-05-05 07:34:37 -0700
    I work on the campus and love taking walks around it.
  • signed 2017-05-05 07:34:29 -0700
    Thank you for leading the way towards sustainability rather than fashion. You rock!
  • signed 2017-05-05 07:30:43 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-05 07:10:40 -0700
    great resource for wild pollinators
  • signed via 2017-05-04 21:53:36 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-03 06:55:32 -0700
    Dandelions are often a major source of food for our declining bee populations. Pesticides can only exacerbate the loss of more bees.
  • signed 2017-05-02 22:21:11 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-02 19:32:24 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-02 14:56:06 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-02 11:12:25 -0700
  • signed 2017-05-02 10:42:31 -0700
    Thank you for caring about flowers and bees!
  • signed 2017-05-02 08:54:01 -0700
    Thank you for trying your best not to use dangerous pesticides! This mom is grateful, Angie McCullagh
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-02 08:23:51 -0700
    Sign the Card: Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew
  • signed 2017-05-02 08:23:23 -0700
    Sherry Mastick
  • signed 2017-05-01 23:16:27 -0700
    Thank you! Your hard work is noticed and appreciated.
  • signed 2017-05-01 21:23:28 -0700
    Thanks, Capitol Grounds Crew! Hold the line against reps who don’t care about sustainable landscaping.
  • signed 2017-05-01 18:42:45 -0700
    Thank you!
  • signed 2017-05-01 17:32:14 -0700
    I need to research this. I’ve got too much land & it is so verdant here that I’m a bit overwhelmed. Sustainability is the name of the game. Thank you.
  • signed 2017-05-01 17:12:49 -0700
    THANK YOU!! Your efforts matter!
  • signed 2017-05-01 15:01:56 -0700