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Temple Square Gardener Explores Chaos At Local Library
Salt Lake Tribune 30Apr00 P2
By Rebecca Walsh: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Gardener Peter Lassig is renowned throughout the world for his meticulously manicured gardens like those found at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Recently, the 61-year-old gardener has raised some eyebrows with his work on the grounds of the Day-Riverside Library in Utah.

Lassig decided to go for a more "natural" look when planning the landscaping at the library. The plants have not yet reached maturity, but once they do, Lassig promises the grounds will be a success.

"In order to create order you have to explore chaos," 61-year-old Lassig said, quoting Plato.

Some of his critics, chaos describe the grounds as nothing but a bunch of weeds. Many others find it offensive to have a library without flowers.

When the library branch was built four years ago, officials wanted a natural look that would require only a fraction of the maintenance needed for traditional lawns and gardens. Lassig used plants indigenous to the area. Many of the trees along the banks of the Jordan River won't need any water. Lassig chose plants best adapted to the site's natural conditions and what the Jordan River look liked 200 years ago.


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