Temple Square Gardner Retires Today

Temple Square Gardner Retires Today

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The man who has tended the Temple Square gardens for nearly 50 years retires today.

Peter Lassig says his purpose as a gardener has always been to draw attention to the Creator.

Every six months, three-thousand volunteers at the Mormon church's main temple plant about 165-thousand flowers.

Lassig is 64. He says he expects to keep gardening with his wife at their Rose Park home.

He also is heavily involved with restoration of the Jordan River Parkway. The goal there, he says, is to produce a garden that lives without a gardener.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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