Status: Underway, planting complete late summer 2021
Throughout the spring and summer, DES crews are been 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.
Renovation of the historical Sunken Garden finishes in September. The updates include new ADA access and a reconfiguration of the planting beds to extend seasonal interest and increase sustainability.
View photos of the 2021 renovation of the Sunken Garden here.
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).