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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  • Nancy Harvey
    signed 2017-04-24 16:38:52 -0700
    Thank you for the dandelions. The bees thank you too. They thank you for the food the dandelions provide them and they thank you for not using pesticides which are harmful to them.
  • Thomas J Walker
    signed 2017-04-24 16:38:18 -0700
    Thank you grounds staff for making the capitol grounds beautiful and honoring our veterans who have given much for our state and country.

    Thomas J Wal,er, Captain, US Public Health Service, Retired
  • soozie Nichol
    signed 2017-04-24 16:37:01 -0700
    Nice job Washington State! Proud to live in this lovely state setting an example of how we can live and let live. Thank you!!!
  • Senator John McCoy
    signed 2017-04-24 16:36:30 -0700
  • Jeremy Pitts
    signed 2017-04-24 16:21:46 -0700
  • Maralyn Chase
    signed 2017-04-24 16:13:52 -0700
    Thanks for doing this!
  • Megan Dunn
    signed 2017-04-24 16:07:52 -0700
    Thank you groundscrew! I think the campus looks amazing!
  • Kristi Johnson
    signed 2017-04-24 15:58:01 -0700
    I applaud grounds crew for taking the long view, seeing the big picture that benefits us all. The grounds are beautiful and inspiring, and gardening in partnership with nature requires patience. After all, “A weed is but an unloved flower.” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Jody Neubert Kellermann
    signed 2017-04-24 15:06:22 -0700
    Jody Neubert
  • Ashley Chesser
    signed 2017-04-24 11:07:24 -0700
    Thank you so much for your hard work to make your capitol a beautiful and healthy place without toxic pesticides! I live in Oregon but am so impressed and I hope the Oregon capitol follows suit!