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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: Ecolawn Trial

 

The Department of Enterprise Services will conduct an "ecolawn" pilot project on parts of the Capitol Campus grounds starting in April 2016.

There are several types of ecolawns but the term generally refers to the use of slow-growing grasses, clover and low-growing perennials. Generally, the species of grasses grown in an ecolawn are different than those used in a conventional lawn. Learn more about the pilot.

To learn more about past projects, view the Featured Project Archive webpage.

 

 

Featured Plant: Nemesia

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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.