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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  • Sarah Good
    signed 2017-05-01 14:29:21 -0700
  • Trudi McQuillen
    signed 2017-05-01 14:26:59 -0700
  • Steve Payne
    signed via 2017-05-01 14:11:11 -0700
  • Shannon Carpenter
    signed 2017-05-01 14:04:04 -0700
    Thank you for keeping our grounds pesticide free. We appreciate your hard work, keeping our grounds naturally healthy and beautiful!
  • Shannon Goodwin
    signed 2017-05-01 13:51:00 -0700
    Shannon Goodwin
  • Lise Kauffman
    signed 2017-05-01 13:38:39 -0700
    Thank You—My daughter was a Senate Page a few weeks ago and I was so impressed with how beautiful the campus grounds look. So thrilled for all of us to know you are keeping it that way with sustainable healthy care!
  • Megan Tully
    signed 2017-05-01 13:25:34 -0700
    I appreciate your hard work!
  • Tamea Duckworth
    signed 2017-05-01 13:22:54 -0700
    Tamea Duckworth
  • Jessica Williams-Nguyen
    signed 2017-05-01 12:52:27 -0700
    I’m glad you’re experimenting with more nature-friendly methods for groundskeeping at the state capital and I don’t mind dandelions. They help bees in early spring. Keep up the awesome work. Sorry you have to do it with fewer staff :-(
  • Summer Stevens
    signed 2017-05-01 12:47:07 -0700
  • Margaret Rogers
    signed 2017-05-01 12:15:24 -0700
    Margaret Rogers
  • Adrian Raskulinecz
    signed via 2017-05-01 12:13:09 -0700
    God job! Keep it up!👏🏼
  • Chanda Stone
    signed 2017-05-01 11:53:58 -0700
    Happy May Day! I know all the hard work you do every day. I appreciate all of you. Thank you.
  • Hanna Floss
    signed 2017-05-01 11:38:01 -0700
  • Laura Bangerter
    signed 2017-05-01 11:34:26 -0700
    I love dandelions and I don’t like pesticides! Thank you :)
  • Liz Vogeli
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-01 11:33:47 -0700
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  • Liz Vogeli
    @lizzyloo32 tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-01 11:33:43 -0700
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  • Liz Vogeli
    signed 2017-05-01 11:33:01 -0700
    Thank you so much for all your hard work! If only more children visited the capital, I am sure they would help you pick the dandelions. :-)
  • Tamiko Nimura
    signed 2017-05-01 11:28:56 -0700
  • Troy Sterk
    signed 2017-05-01 11:28:50 -0700
    Troy Sterk
  • Jeffrey Hirschberg
    signed 2017-05-01 10:42:11 -0700
  • Leigh Anne Jasheway
    signed via 2017-05-01 10:25:55 -0700
    Thank you for recognizing the needs of the bees and other pollinators and taking a more natural approach to groundskeeping.
  • James Baker
    signed via 2017-05-01 10:21:45 -0700
  • Kim Leval
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-01 10:14:48 -0700
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  • Kim Leval
    signed 2017-05-01 10:14:22 -0700
  • Lourdes Tangara Nina
    signed 2017-05-01 06:59:56 -0700
    Thank you. For your hard work!!!
  • John O'Neill
    signed 2017-04-30 22:11:31 -0700
    Thanks for setting a pesticide / herbicide free example.
  • Laurie Pyne
    signed 2017-04-30 18:40:34 -0700
    So very appreciative of all that the DES ground staff is doing to provide a healthier environment for the honey bees at the Governor’s mansion and all our pollinators in the Olympia community!
  • Laurie Pyne
    signed 2017-04-30 18:04:37 -0700
  • Gideon Kuller
    signed 2017-04-30 13:44:28 -0700
    Thank you to the Capitol grounds staff for reducing pesticide use. Pesticides are toxic to humans and animals as well as toxic to dandelions. Reducing toxins in the environment is simply an intelligent choice. Tall grass in some of the lawn areas is not a big deal aesthetically. It shows initiative, sensible innovation, economic savings, and environmental sanity to reduce the use of pesticides as much as possible.