Status: Seasonal planting and maintenance work underway
Throughout the spring and summer, DES crews will be busy improving the campus "curb appeal" as well as pollinator habitat with a mix of perennials, annuals and wildflowers that bring color to both East and West Campus and Parks.
Flower beds are annually updated with intricate flower designs – including layering different types of plants – and transplanting plants from the West to the East Campus and Parks. Transplanting keeps flowerbeds from becoming overgrown, and also allows DES to save plants in construction areas.
DES Buildings and Grounds is continuing to improve the Capitol Campus landscape. This year, DES has already added more than 31,000 varieties of flower bulbs into landscape beds around the entire West Campus.
Here are just a few of the projects you can expect to see this season:
While visiting the Capitol, check out the banners that reflect the diversity of eastern and western Washington on 20 light posts along the north and south diagonals on the Capitol Campus.
Buildings & Grounds staff proposed the addition of the colorful hanging banners as a way to infuse more color on the campus in a way that is more durable, in place year-round and that requires less daily maintenance. The designs for the banners were chosen to promote civic education and represent state symbols (flower, fish, fruit, tree, bird).