Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 17, 2017 @ 4:40 pm
I’m sure the first photo I ever saw of the Mesa temple was very like this – probably in Rulon Howells’ “The Mormon Story”. I was convinced the temple was right out in the middle of the desert because of the mass of cacti that seemed to surround it!
The whole area is a beautiful desert. The current Mesa temple landscaping has a lot of palm trees and grass which doesn’t quite fit in my opinion. The Tucson temple is exciting in that it appears to be planned with mostly native landscaping: http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/tucson/.
Comment by Jay Anderson — February 17, 2017 @ 11:30 pm
Such a dense planting of cactus would be difficult to keep in order. I spent the summer last year in Mesa in a house with a lot of cactus, but they were in no way so close together, and it was a literal pain to extract bits of wind blown trash out of the cactus spines. I think they were wise to clear off the cactus. As to the palms, it makes it seem like a true oasis.