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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  • Marilyn Botcheos
    signed 2017-05-09 18:03:08 -0700
    Thank you for keeping us all healthy by limiting your use of pesticides. Dandelion salad is delicious!
  • Elizabeth Miller
    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.
  • Teri
    signed via 2017-05-09 16:21:11 -0700
    Thank you!
  • Jeff Ott
    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!
  • Darleen Muhly
    signed 2017-05-09 07:13:52 -0700
  • Cheryl & Dan Comsia
    signed 2017-05-08 19:32:54 -0700
  • Karen Donaldson
    signed via 2017-05-08 19:10:46 -0700
  • Donna Albert
    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!
  • Adam McDaniel
    signed 2017-05-08 15:09:12 -0700
  • Patricia Holm
    signed 2017-05-08 11:23:08 -0700
    Patricia A. Holm
  • Dorothy Gist
    signed via 2017-05-08 09:46:14 -0700
  • Michi Thacker
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-08 09:00:45 -0700
    Sign the Card: Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew
  • Michi Thacker
    signed via 2017-05-08 09:00:25 -0700
  • Karen Greene
    signed 2017-05-08 06:08:27 -0700
  • Karen Crown
    signed via 2017-05-07 22:48:30 -0700
  • Barbara Roser
    signed 2017-05-07 22:21:15 -0700
  • Abbie Zulock
    signed 2017-05-07 20:58:11 -0700
    Thank you so much for keeping my workplace so beautiful.
  • Amy Shephard
    signed 2017-05-07 19:39:45 -0700
  • Mary Condon
    signed 2017-05-07 17:57:08 -0700
  • Jade Florence
    signed 2017-05-07 16:37:02 -0700
  • Carole Richmond
    signed 2017-05-07 15:40:14 -0700
    Carole B Richmond
  • Sara Loyer
    signed 2017-05-07 13:35:18 -0700
  • Leslie Mendez-Hess
    signed 2017-05-07 12:39:03 -0700
  • Emily Petrie
    signed 2017-05-07 11:58:16 -0700
  • Carmen Bridges
    signed 2017-05-07 11:00:13 -0700
    I’ve been walking the lake recently and my favorite part is going up the switchback to the beautiful campus grounds. Every time, I am in awe at the natural diversity and beauty in all directions. To all the persons who work so hard to make it this way, you are so appreciated! Thank you so very much!
  • Michelle Sadlier
    signed 2017-05-07 08:15:49 -0700
    Thank you, thank you for all you do! I take walks on our Capitol Campus all the time and constantly marvel at just how beautiful it is. It’s the work you do that makes it shine.
  • Mary Wharton
    signed 2017-05-07 07:51:27 -0700
  • Jans Wiley
    signed 2017-05-07 06:55:14 -0700
    Dandelions feed bees. Pesticides kill them. I remain in support of keeping our world free frim neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors. Thank you for your bold effirts to do so as well. The campus is beautiful! Signed a former groundskeeper from PLU.
  • Sarah Segall
    signed 2017-05-07 06:34:19 -0700
    Anyone (especially Senate members) complaining need to trade jobs for a week. The campus is beautiful – even more so by going ‘green’ and environmentally responsible. Thank you!
  • Joel Jones
    signed 2017-05-07 05:58:23 -0700
    Keep up the good work!