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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  • Toni Stefnik
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-26 11:30:28 -0700
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  • Reidun MacGregor
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-26 10:39:59 -0700
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  • Reidun MacGregor
    signed 2017-04-26 10:39:02 -0700
    Dandelions are actually very important to Bee health. It is their first food coming out of winter. I let the flowers bloom then pick them before they seed. Once we have sunshine I spray with white vinegar. I do this periodically throughout the spring and summer once the Bees have other flowers to feed on. I care about the Bees and Butterflies!
  • Paul Zurek
    signed 2017-04-26 10:26:07 -0700
  • Stephen Moore
    signed 2017-04-26 09:59:15 -0700
  • Scott Gethers
    signed 2017-04-26 09:36:30 -0700
  • Gwen Vernon
    signed 2017-04-26 09:19:20 -0700
  • Sandra Whitmore
    signed 2017-04-26 09:07:32 -0700
  • Paul Armstad
    signed 2017-04-26 08:53:33 -0700
  • Leah Bernstein
    signed 2017-04-26 08:52:21 -0700
  • Joe Davenport
    signed 2017-04-26 08:49:26 -0700
    Joe Davenport: I’m outraged that you as elected officials can get away with this sort of stunt to avoid doing your primary duty. If the workers at Enterprise Services acted like the GOP caucus just did they would face discipline AND possible criminal charges for failing to do their job. Those men and women and all the other line staff of this state understand what work is-go do yours.
  • Pamela Hale
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-26 08:48:03 -0700
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    @talene tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-26 08:48:00 -0700
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  • Evangeline White
    signed 2017-04-26 08:46:20 -0700
    Thank you everyone! Pesticide and fertilizer runoff from lawn care pollutes our watersheds, harms wildlife, and can overwhelm water treatment facilities during spring. The world would be a little cleaner and safer for humans and wildlife if we learned to tolerate a few extra dandelions. I think it’s great that the grounds crew in Olympia are trying out more eco-friendly approaches, even though these approaches often require extra work. Thanks for doing this. Thanks for thinking about the environment.
  • Adrienne Ross
    signed 2017-04-26 08:33:00 -0700
  • Eric Murphy
    signed 2017-04-26 08:25:17 -0700
  • Jennifer Pinkowski
    signed 2017-04-26 07:45:21 -0700
  • Linda Peterson
    signed 2017-04-26 07:35:31 -0700
  • Donna German
    signed 2017-04-26 07:35:16 -0700
    Thank you!
  • Anne Livingston
    signed 2017-04-26 07:24:19 -0700
  • Kelly Tran
    signed 2017-04-26 07:22:34 -0700
  • Ande Kobek
    signed 2017-04-26 07:10:50 -0700
    Dandelions for centuries have been eaten, we need to change our approach in what we deem harmful weeds. Thank you for not using pesticides.
  • Heather Lindberg
    signed 2017-04-26 07:08:15 -0700
  • Tom Riggs
    signed 2017-04-26 07:02:14 -0700
  • Tim Welch
    signed 2017-04-26 06:52:20 -0700
    The Capitol Campus never looked better. Some senators would do well to clean up their own house before criticizing the work of these dedicated members.
  • Marcie Maxwell
    signed 2017-04-26 06:44:58 -0700
  • Jeff Kyle
    signed via 2017-04-26 06:42:30 -0700
    Good work folks.
  • Michalene Fontana
    signed 2017-04-26 05:30:29 -0700
    Thank you so much for not using pesticides and still making our campus beautiful! You guys are rock stars!
  • Jody Harper
    signed 2017-04-26 01:31:05 -0700
    The Capital grounds look beautiful! I think the grounds crew, horticulturist, arborist , landscapers, etc. should get a standing ovation for the hard work they do. Their out working in rain and in the cold, and they still do a great job. I’ve been there several times and it’s a beautiful setting. I applaud them all.
  • Summer Stinson
    signed 2017-04-25 23:46:00 -0700