Author(s): Michele Osborne
Lighting brings the finishing touch to any garden or landscape. It introduces magic and illusion by enhancing some spaces while leaving others shrouded in mystery. This innovative book reveals the very best and most up-to-date lighting effects as they have been used in contemporary gardens throughout the world. Divided into thematic chapters looking at the different uses and effects of light, the book covers a whole range of lighting styles from simple lanterns and fairy lights to fibreoptics and LEDs, used for garden rooms, patlos, pool areas, decking, pathways, roof gardens, and architectural features and plants. Practical advice is also given on choosing lighting, hardware, planning, and safety.
Award-winning garden designer, Michele Osborne, started her landscape design practice in 1984 after graduating from the Sorbonne in Paris. She has completed countless projects, both in Britain and continental Europe, often working closely with architects and developers. Her work has been featured in many books and magazines, and she has just written a book about roof terraces, Gardens in the Sky. The photographer, Steven Wooster, began specializing in garden photography after working for many years in book publishing as an art director. His work has appeared in many newspapers, magazines, and books, and he has been sole photographer in such titles as Container Topiary, Courtyard & Terrace Gardens, Organic Gardening for the 21st Century, Christopher Lloyd's Flower Garden, Kitchen Harvest, Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden (Garden Writers' Guild Award for Photographer of the Year), and Gardens in the Sky (in collaboration with Michele Osborne).
Introduction 8; Into the Night 14; How lighting extends the use of an outdoor space; Altered Spaces 40; Spaces and planes of vision are altered into a surreal vision; In the Spotlight 68; Enhancing features and plants; Gentle Magic 96; The never-ending seduction of candlelight and fairy lights; High Tec 136; In many modern gardens lighting design is constantly moving on from tiny low-voltage lights to neon and fibreoptics; Constraints and Recommendations 166; Index 174; Acknowledgments 176