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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  • Ty Flint
    signed 2017-04-30 09:09:15 -0700
    These workers do an amazing job with dedication and purpose!
  • Dorene & Mike Berg
    signed 2017-04-29 14:36:38 -0700
  • John Foster
    signed 2017-04-29 13:26:44 -0700
  • Toni Holm
    signed 2017-04-29 12:48:59 -0700
  • Timothy Keilman
    signed 2017-04-29 10:45:12 -0700
    Please note here in Kansas City Kansas Wyandotte county are parks and recreational department wants to now spray over 1,350 acres with pesticides at parks government building vacant lots this would be over 1,000 gallons of 24d they think this will solve a problem but only create more erosion help please do not use my name with this
  • Stephen Bray
    signed 2017-04-29 01:46:13 -0700
    More poisonless landscape care, drill sergeant! Tell those loudmouths to tend to their business and solve Education Funding as the court has directed.
  • Carrie Black
    signed 2017-04-28 22:46:21 -0700
    It looks great!
  • Alona Steinke
    signed 2017-04-28 21:45:26 -0700
    The grounds are beautiful!
  • Jan Yeager
    signed via 2017-04-28 21:43:26 -0700
    Jan I Yeager: I have already signed a pledge to not use herbicides or pesticides.
    My legislator sister appreciates your fine work every day the Legislature is in session, and she sends pictures!

    Thank you.
  • Deborah Poston
    signed 2017-04-28 21:35:39 -0700
    The Capitol Campus ground’s staff are absolutely amazing. They do a wonderful job in spite of severe budget cuts and a management that doesn’t have a clue on the importance of ground’s maintenance. The ground’s staff should be praised for their dedication to the Capitol Campus. You all rock!
  • Meghan Nash
    signed 2017-04-28 19:31:23 -0700
    Bravo! Thank you for keeping our capital beautiful and our environment safe!
  • Pam Madison
    signed 2017-04-28 19:27:23 -0700
    Thank you for good work protecting the environment and health of WA State with great integrity.

    ♡ Pam
  • Mary Harrison
    signed 2017-04-28 18:07:31 -0700
    Proud to be a stewards of the capital grounds . Bless the Dandelions . It is a honer to work with the Capital ground staff Thank You.!:)
  • Alyssa Venable
    signed 2017-04-28 16:14:21 -0700
  • Jessica Gould
    signed 2017-04-28 16:01:50 -0700
    Thank you, I’m all for dandelions.
  • Kally Romjue
    signed 2017-04-28 13:16:27 -0700
  • Marygrace Jennings
    signed 2017-04-28 12:58:19 -0700
    Thank you Grounds Crew!! You do amazing and innovative work with the resources you have. We all wish there were more to support you. And praise to the humble Dandelion, sign of tolerance and diversity in our landscape.
  • Scott Kibler
    signed 2017-04-28 12:37:47 -0700
    Thank you DES grounds crew for all you do. You are an exceptional team performing extraordinary work and I am so proud to work with and for you.
  • Annabel Kirschner
    signed 2017-04-28 11:47:33 -0700
    Thanks for doing your best to keep the grounds free of pesticides. This is much safter for children and everyone else including lazy legislators. Annabel Kirschner
  • Michael Laurie
    signed via 2017-04-28 11:03:59 -0700
  • Erin Lopez
    signed 2017-04-28 10:04:10 -0700
    Thank you!!
  • Maurice Major
    signed 2017-04-28 07:04:23 -0700
  • Salena McAlister
    signed 2017-04-28 06:54:24 -0700
    So proud of you all for using nature to care for the lawns! Let us all know what worked best so we can incorporate it into our own lawns. 😊 Thanks for your hard work!
  • Gail Lehman
    signed 2017-04-27 23:38:25 -0700
    Thank you so much for all of your eviornmental work. It is appreciated.

  • Tammy Domike
    signed 2017-04-27 22:19:12 -0700
    Thank you for gardening. I don’t mind dandelions, they feed bees! The complainers need to get a grip, or go out & dig!
  • Theresia Lloyd-Siemer
    signed 2017-04-27 20:49:54 -0700
    Thank you for your hard work and dedication .
    Theresia Lloyd -Siemer
    Chair of Oregon Afscme women’s committee.

    resident of Vancouver Washington
  • Natalia Tune
    signed 2017-04-27 20:35:59 -0700
    Thanks for your dedication. It means so much to me that our state is recognizing the importance of not putting toxic chemicals into our ground water, food and wildlife. Thank you soooo much. 🖤
  • Lisa Huntley
    signed 2017-04-27 18:50:52 -0700
    Way to go!
  • Ian Young
    signed 2017-04-27 16:09:01 -0700
    Your hard work makes me very proud to be a Washingtonian and State employee ! Thank you very much !
  • Nathan Calene
    signed 2017-04-27 16:05:05 -0700
    Thank you