Summarized by Janus Wilkinson
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
"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
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.