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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  • Joan Taylor
    signed 2017-04-24 17:38:30 -0700
  • Amy Mower
    signed 2017-04-24 17:34:38 -0700
    Thanks so much for not using pesticides or herbicides!
  • Linda Brewster
    signed 2017-04-24 17:32:52 -0700
    Obviously worrying about dandelions is more appealing than figuring out how to fund our childrens’ educations without a willingness to raise money via taxes!
  • John Stewart
    signed 2017-04-24 17:30:19 -0700
  • Gordon Clark
    signed 2017-04-24 17:30:03 -0700
    Keep up the great work. We all live downstream!
  • Jodie Kelley
    signed 2017-04-24 17:29:19 -0700
  • Linda Martin
    signed 2017-04-24 17:28:32 -0700
    Keep up the great job!
  • Linda McHenry
    signed 2017-04-24 17:27:57 -0700
  • Rachel Pienau
    signed 2017-04-24 17:26:12 -0700
    I think of dandelions as a splash of volunteer color!
  • Joan Osborn
    signed 2017-04-24 17:26:02 -0700
    You all are doing a great job.
  • Kathleen Peppard
    signed via 2017-04-24 17:25:33 -0700
  • Maia LeDoux
    signed 2017-04-24 17:21:27 -0700
    Thank you!!! I know how hard it must be to fight weeds without chemicals, but the world thanks you!
  • Marianne Edain
    signed 2017-04-24 17:16:11 -0700
  • Elizabeth Hauser
    signed 2017-04-24 17:13:09 -0700
    Thank you for being pesticide free! That’s paying attention to big picture.
  • Walt Kloefkorn
    signed 2017-04-24 17:10:17 -0700
    Thanks for reducing pesticide use on the Capitol campus. You are making it safer for humans, animals and bees! Sorry some clueless legislators are trapped in 1950s thinking about lawns.
  • peggy skolmen
    signed 2017-04-24 17:08:46 -0700
    Nice job! We appreciate your hard work to keep our Capitol grounds beautiful.
  • Cynthia Beal
    signed 2017-04-24 17:06:25 -0700
    Dandelion tap roots bring up important minerals from the subsoil that turfgrasses can’t reach, but need to keep creating lush greenery. Thanks for encouraging healthy lawn soils!!
  • Amy Hepburn
    signed 2017-04-24 17:06:06 -0700
  • Howard Harrison
    signed 2017-04-24 17:04:12 -0700
    Thank you so much for what you’re doing! No pesticides! Yes!
  • Marguerite Winkel
    signed 2017-04-24 17:01:01 -0700
    Marguerite Winkel
  • Judy Mieger
    signed 2017-04-24 17:00:11 -0700
    How about dandelion salads for everyone??? :)
  • Barbara Sanders
    signed 2017-04-24 16:59:18 -0700
  • Lisa Wellman
    signed 2017-04-24 16:54:28 -0700
  • A.K. Bott
    signed 2017-04-24 16:50:04 -0700
    I live in Thurston County and my family frequently visits the Capitol campus. We truly appreciate a Capitol campus that is both lovely and as chemical free as possible. It’s hard to imagine that anyone gazing out from the Capitol grounds over Budd Inlet could possibly be so petty as to focus on a few dandelions instead of the natural beauty of our state, which needs protecting from polluting chemicals – like herbicides. Thank you to the groundskeepers who work so hard to protect what is really important!
  • Debbie McDonald
    signed via 2017-04-24 16:49:38 -0700
    Thank you for your wonderful work that makes the grounds of our Capitol so beautiful and appreciated by so many!
  • William Lider
    signed 2017-04-24 16:46:55 -0700
    Please keep up the good work and do not use pesticides.
  • Matt Zuvich
    signed 2017-04-24 16:45:59 -0700
    More public servants who have been doing more with less for years now. Thanks for your hard work!
  • Cheryl Stumbo
    signed 2017-04-24 16:40:52 -0700
    Cheryl A Stumbo
  • E.J. Hook
    signed 2017-04-24 16:40:33 -0700
    Way to go. Fighting same battle here at Montana State University.
  • Elizabeth Adams
    signed 2017-04-24 16:39:45 -0700