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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  • DeEtte David-Miller
    signed 2017-04-24 20:07:17 -0700
  • Chuck Nafziger
    signed 2017-04-24 20:00:31 -0700
    In the Alger Garden Tour weeds are a requirement. If the gardens on the tour have no weeds, the organizers bring them in. Something is drastically wrong if there are no weeds.
  • Mickie Gundersen
    signed 2017-04-24 19:54:04 -0700
    Thank you. Leave the dandelions, the bees love them.
  • Diane Hardee
    signed 2017-04-24 19:51:03 -0700
    Another way to think about it is to educate people that dandelions are a beneficial pollen producer for bees and some people consider them attractive! However, if the majority want to minimize dandelions, we appreciate you doing it in a non-toxic way. thanks! :)
  • Brian Gunn
    signed 2017-04-24 19:39:10 -0700
    I applaud your efforts to beautify our capitol grounds in an eco-friendly way.
  • Goldie Caughlam
    signed 2017-04-24 19:35:39 -0700
    Thank you from all of us..

    Now and in the future!!!!!
  • Sheri Ahlheim
    signed 2017-04-24 19:25:47 -0700
  • Trish Eden
    signed 2017-04-24 19:18:04 -0700
  • Bunny Cornwall
    signed 2017-04-24 18:53:38 -0700
  • Mark Hamilton
    signed 2017-04-24 18:51:44 -0700
  • Patricia Crockett
    signed 2017-04-24 18:51:20 -0700
    Thanks for staying clear of pesticides in the lawn. Don’t walk barefoot or put a child on any lawns that are free from flowers. )That would be a sign of pesticide usage.) If senators spent the same 20 minutes digging the weeds in early spring, there would be few weeds.
  • Susan and Ernie Kroll
    signed 2017-04-24 18:51:06 -0700
    and the BEES thank you!
  • Kylie Phillips
    signed 2017-04-24 18:49:56 -0700
  • Sonja Saar
    signed 2017-04-24 18:44:16 -0700
  • Sandra Hoffmann
    signed 2017-04-24 18:36:07 -0700
  • Ralph Marshall
    signed via 2017-04-24 18:23:49 -0700
    Ralph Marshall
  • Kimberlee Barber
    signed 2017-04-24 18:07:20 -0700
  • Susannah Gelbart
    signed via 2017-04-24 18:05:52 -0700
    Thank you for NOT using pesticides!
  • rosemarie grubba
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-24 18:03:00 -0700
    Sign the Card: Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew
  • Sylvia Hanson
    signed 2017-04-24 18:02:05 -0700
  • Rodolfo Franco
    signed 2017-04-24 18:00:47 -0700
    Always enjoy the Capital grounds whenever doing business with legislators, nice walks.
  • JuanitaJ Bott
    signed via 2017-04-24 18:00:11 -0700
    Juanita Bott fantastic job

  • Leslie Inman
    signed 2017-04-24 17:57:31 -0700
    There’s nothing wrong with dandelions, clover and violets! Let the grass companions grow. We need to educate the public about the dangers of the chemicals that are being used to get that golf course look. That ‘perfect lawn’ looks perfectly toxic to me now that I know about the 2,4-D, the MCPP, the Dicamba, Prodiamine and all the many toxins that are applied to grass by conventional landscapers. Then, of course, a lot of glyphosate or RoundUp is sprayed all around the mulched areas and hardscapes of an unnatural and overly manicured landscape. Many towns and cities are working to keep these needless toxins off our grass. The are unnecessary, dangerous and when it rains… they all end up in our water. THANK YOU for your good sense in choosing safer measures. Harvard University has had organic landscaping for 10 years! France has recently banned cosmetic lawn chemicals. Parts of Canada sensibly banned them years ago. We can all work to make our environment better in our residential landscapes as well, if we make better choices, we will have healthier families, pets and a healthier planet.
  • Alfred Frates
    signed 2017-04-24 17:56:09 -0700
    Peace and Love
  • Nancy Eitreim
    signed 2017-04-24 17:54:14 -0700
    Nancy Eitreim not only that…bees love the dandelions in spring.
  • Maxine Dunkelman
    signed 2017-04-24 17:51:08 -0700
    And the bees are happy!
  • THe Rev. Debra Conklin
    signed 2017-04-24 17:50:58 -0700
  • Bill Daugaard
    signed 2017-04-24 17:48:08 -0700
    Thanks for your efforts at sustainable landscape maintenance. Washington citizens who care about maintaining a healthy ecosystem appreciate it when our State Government employees set an example for all of us to follow.
  • Judy Arbogast
    signed 2017-04-24 17:40:58 -0700
  • Dana Adams
    signed 2017-04-24 17:40:25 -0700
    Thank you to the grounds crew for using natural gardening techniques, and for managing so well despite loosing staffing.

    To the lawmaker, please work on funding education instead of complaining about landscaping. You have more important work to do.