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By Deborah Carl

A Look at the LDS Conference Center Gardens

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The roof of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center is covered with a 4 acre garden designed by Lauri Olin &Co. to look like a mountain. The western half of the roof is a meadow of wildflowers and prairie grasses. Serbian spruce, bristlecone pine trees and aspens follow the progressive elevations of a Utah Mountain. Waterways and walkways cover the rest of the roof. The plants are in an artificial growing mix which is lighter than dirt and eliminates weeds, disease and pest problems.

The church uses gardens to create a spirit of reverence and to honor the Creator. The gardens at Temple Square and the Church Office Building Plaza, which cover about 3 1/2 acres were named one of the top 10 most impressive lawns and landscapes in the country by Briggs & Stratton, a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. The company called the gardens "a lush refuge located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City."


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Deseret News 6May01 D1
By Carma Wadley: Deseret News senior writer
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LDS gardens among best
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