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 2017-04-25 23:06:29 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 22:55:08 -0700
    Thanks everyone, the Capitol campus always looks wonderful, and as an Olympia resident, it’s always inviting.
  • signed 2017-04-25 22:38:45 -0700
    Thank you for caring for our state capital!
  • signed 2017-04-25 22:30:30 -0700
  • signed via 2017-04-25 22:29:41 -0700
    Dandelions are the first source of pollen and nectar for a lot of native pollinators. Now with our first bumblebee being listed as endangered we need to rethink the use of certain chemicals.
  • signed 2017-04-25 22:23:52 -0700
    So many benefits of this sustainable approach and bees need the dandelions more than we need a perfect capital lawn!
  • signed 2017-04-25 22:18:27 -0700
    Thank you for standing up for the environment when some politicians are trying to tear it down!
  • signed 2017-04-25 22:16:00 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 21:59:39 -0700
    Thanks for your hard work!
  • signed 2017-04-25 21:57:31 -0700
    Good job grounds crew
  • signed 2017-04-25 21:43:41 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 21:34:17 -0700
    becky k stephens
  • signed 2017-04-25 21:23:20 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 21:01:02 -0700
    Thank you so much for embracing natural and native landscape care ! You are setting an amazing example for Washingtonians
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:54:05 -0700
    Enterprise Services Grounds Team members are exceptional and dedicated employees that are committed to serving the citizens of Washington State. Thank each and every one of you!
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:50:29 -0700
    Prefer the natural look. Thanks.
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:49:10 -0700
    Thank you for keeping us safe by not using dangerous chemicals on our earth!

    Ellie (age 9)
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:48:26 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:47:30 -0700
    I love that you are making the area more sustainable and healthy for everyone! Big, huge thanks for that.
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:40:09 -0700
    We love your sustainable gardening! We know *you can’t tell the legislators where to stick their complaints, but we’ll do it for you. Keep up the great work!
  • signed 2017-04-25 20:12:18 -0700
    Thank you for using more natural methods of weed control rather than using pesticides and herbicides. Fewer chemicals leaching into the environment is a win for every Washington resident, human or non-human!
  • signed 2017-04-25 19:46:32 -0700
    Thank You Groundskeepers for all you do!
  • signed 2017-04-25 19:33:34 -0700
    All that work is much appreciated. Thank you!
  • signed 2017-04-25 19:29:25 -0700
  • signed via 2017-04-25 19:25:21 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 19:24:27 -0700
    thank you for pesticide-free beauty!
  • signed 2017-04-25 19:23:01 -0700
    You guys are wonderful!!!
  • signed 2017-04-25 19:05:09 -0700
    Thank you for making me proud to be a Washingtonian!

    Mary L. Lyons
  • signed 2017-04-25 18:48:11 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-25 18:38:51 -0700
    I appreciate what you folks do on the capitol campus. Keep up the good and healthy work!