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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  • Carol Dotlich
    signed 2017-04-25 13:32:44 -0700
  • Marjorie Hansen
    signed 2017-04-25 13:02:31 -0700
  • Phyllis Naiad
    signed 2017-04-25 12:29:58 -0700
    Thank you for all you do in keeping the grounds maintained and beautiful!
  • Edward Winter
    signed 2017-04-25 12:15:20 -0700
  • Helen Weatherall
    signed via 2017-04-25 12:11:33 -0700
  • Jonathan Peara
    signed 2017-04-25 12:07:52 -0700
    Keep up the good work! I know that the port of seattle is keeping its parks organic.
  • M Hampel
    signed 2017-04-25 11:42:41 -0700
  • Jen Goodwin
    signed 2017-04-25 11:34:44 -0700
    Thank you for choosing less harmful grounds maintenance techniques! The bees need dandelions and white clover! No bees, no humans! Thank you!
  • Laura Reisdorph
    signed 2017-04-25 11:30:07 -0700
  • Margaret Helgerson
    signed 2017-04-25 11:25:19 -0700
  • Alyssa McFarland
    signed 2017-04-25 10:42:37 -0700
    Thank you for your hard work!
  • Dana Nickleach
    signed 2017-04-25 10:38:39 -0700
  • Sarah Bright
    signed 2017-04-25 10:24:02 -0700
    I definitely prefer dandelions to poison. Perhaps our legislators should spend their time closing loopholes, rather than whining about weeds.
  • Margot Boyer
    signed 2017-04-25 10:02:50 -0700
    The Capitol Grounds look beautiful this year and I really appreciate the hard work of the Grounds Crew, and your commitment to avoiding pesticides and creating a healthy environment for pollinators, birds, wildlife, and people!
  • Loretta Anderson
    signed 2017-04-25 09:59:22 -0700
    Loretta Anderson Dandelions are one of the first pollen bearing flowers for the bees to visit. Thankyou for not using chemicals on the lawns.
  • Carolyn Shults
    signed 2017-04-25 09:55:18 -0700
    Thanks for doing the work outside the White House….maybe you should be invited in to shovel up a bit more fertilizer!!!
  • Andrea Stapleton
    signed 2017-04-25 09:11:58 -0700
    Thank you for the hard work!
  • Todd Stidd
    signed 2017-04-25 08:57:20 -0700
    The DES Buildings and Grounds staff are some of the hardest working individuals around. Thank you for all your hard work !!!
  • Kailee Moulton
    signed 2017-04-25 08:49:26 -0700
    A happy space is a healthy space.
  • chris dudley
    signed 2017-04-25 08:45:20 -0700
    Dandelions are better than grass, anyway.
  • Mike Regan
    signed 2017-04-25 08:42:41 -0700
  • Polly Rosmond
    signed 2017-04-25 08:39:30 -0700
  • Ellicott Dandy
    signed 2017-04-25 08:37:05 -0700
  • Kit Rawson
    signed 2017-04-25 08:15:32 -0700
  • Christina Conroy
    signed 2017-04-25 07:51:13 -0700
  • Barbara Van Droof
    signed 2017-04-25 07:41:44 -0700
    Barbara Van Droof
  • April Beasley
    signed 2017-04-25 07:41:05 -0700
    April Beasley
  • carrie anderson
    signed 2017-04-25 07:21:29 -0700
    Thank you for applying your convictions to your work!
  • Carey Hunter
    signed 2017-04-25 06:57:21 -0700
    Thank you for making the effort to reduce pesticide use.
  • Mary Levesque
    signed 2017-04-25 05:18:38 -0700