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Campus Color Initiative and Banner Pilot Project

DES employee, Keith Peterson, hanging a banner that highlights the state tree - Western Hemlock - on the diagonal street of the Capitol Campus
DES employee, Keith Peterson, hangs banners that highlight the state symbols on the Capitol Campus


DES crews in July hung 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).

Select a banner to see a larger image.

Thumbnail of state fruit (apple) banner Thumbnail of state fish (steelhead trout) banner Thumbnail of state flower (Coast Rhododendron) banner Thumbnail of state bird (Goldfinsh) banner Thumbnail of state tree (Western Hemlock) banner
A hanging basket of flowers is suspended from a lamp post with the Capitol Building in the background.

Campus Color

This pilot project is part a larger DES effort to add year-round color to West Capitol Campus.

This spring and summer, DES crews have been busy improving the campus "curb appeal" as well as pollinator habitat with more flowers that bring color to both East and West Campus – a mix of perennials, annuals and wildflowers.

They've also been updating flower beds with more intricate designs – including layering different types of plants – and transplanting plants from the West to the East Campus. Transplanting keeps flowerbeds from becoming overgrown, and also allows DES to save plants in construction areas.

DES put up 10 seasonal hanging flower baskets at the Flag Circle and also renovated and upgraded five landscapes around the historic west campus buildings.


If you have feedback on the banner pilot or other efforts on the campus grounds, DES would love to hear it. Please send feedback to brent.chapman@des.wa.gov.