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Welcome to the beautiful Washington State Capitol Campus. The Department of Enterprise Services manages the 486-acre campus, which includes Sylvester, Heritage, Marathon and Centennial parks, Capitol Lake, the Capitol Lake Interpretive Center and Deschutes Parkway. The department also cares for the memorials, monuments and art work on the campus grounds.

Featured Project: East Plaza Water Infiltration Repairs

Aerial photo of construction site

This is the current phase of a multi-phased plan developed in 2006 to implement a master plan approved by the State Capitol Committee in 1997. This phase will:

  • Stop water from leaking into the Plaza Garage
  • Redesign a portion of the East Plaza to better complement the intended landscape design of the East Capitol Campus

Learn more.

Featured Plant: Nemesia

Nemesia
Nemesia close up

Nemesia is probably not a plant you learned about from exploring your grandmother's garden. It is a relatively new bedding plant for American gardeners. Native to South Africa, it has proven itself to be a very reliable performer in most parts of the United States. Since it prefers cooler temperatures for maximum blooming, it routinely blooms from spring till the first frost in Western Washington. A member of the snapdragon family, Scrophulariaceae, it typically grows between 12 and 18 inches tall, comes in a wide variety of bright colors, including some new two-tones. and can be fragrant depending on its parentage. The gardeners on the historic West Capitol Campus have tried Nemesia for the first time this year. It is planted around the Winged Victory, which is the memorial for World War I veterans. It has proven to be a very prolific bloomer is this location and has been included in many photographs as visitors to the campus pose for pictures in front of the Winged Victory.

Questions or comments about the capitol grounds?

Contact brent.chapman@des.wa.gov.