Garden lights: How to Design a Garden Lighting Scheme Pt.II

In Pt. 2 of this three-part article on How to Design a Garden Lighting Scheme, we look at garden lights, the fixtures, what they are and how they are used.  Garden Lights: Spot Lights The fixtures pictured above are examples of bullet-style spotlight fixtures. The one on the left is in a bronze finish and the one on the right is in a black finish. They can be mounted on the ground using stake mounts. Or can be hard mounted using adjustable angle base brackets when on hard surfaces or trees. These fixtures can utilize either 2-pin halogen, incandescent or LED bulbs up to 20 watts. If more [...]

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OUTSIDE LIGHTS: HOW TO DESIGN A GARDEN LIGHTING SCHEME

Outside Lights: How to Design a Garden Lighting Scheme

Outside lights are fundamental to any successful landscape scheme.  In this 3 part article, we’ll discuss the different outside light fittings as well as their quality and durability. The different lamps available, as well as how, what and where to place outside lights for maximum effect. The first thing you need to accept is that unless you intend to play night-time soccer, you don’t need to floodlight your garden. Neither will you want to do the same things at night, as you would do during the daytime. (And I’m not just talking weeding!). Even walking around the garden after dark [...]

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Garden Design Tutorial: Banning the Eraser

Why Banning the Eraser will Make you a Better Designer In this garden design tutorial, I ban my students from using an eraser! Instead, I encourage them to make mistakes which can then lead to happy accidents.  I have often used the analogy of ‘writers block’ when it comes to designing.  Some days you can hit the drawing board and everything seems to go like a dream.  While other days you can struggle for hours and get absolutely no-where. This was brought home to me recently while reading a blog by Pat Flynn .  He was describing how he had wasted 4 hours of his time while trying to [...]

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How to Measure A Garden

Site Surveying: How to Measure A Garden and Plot it on Paper Before you can start designing a garden, you need to know how to measure a garden, then plot it on paper.  In order to do this, you will need to carry out a site survey. Your area measurement should be as accurate as possible, as mistakes here could land you in trouble. For this reason, I suggest you only carry out your own surveys on relatively small, simple plots up to a ¼ acre in size (1000m²). Anything larger than this, or involving complicated levels, needs to be carried out by a qualified land surveyor. Invest in a good [...]

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Pinterest Ideas: How to use it in Your Design Business

How Pinterest Ideas and inspiration is replacing traditional media.  And how we as designers can use it to help both us and our clients define their sense of style. I used to tell my design students to subscribe to various magazines for inspiration, primarily to help develop their sense of style.  Something I used to call ‘their internal design library’.  Magazines like Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House & Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Sunset Magazine where good examples.  But not anymore! Today all they need is Pinterest. I would go so far as to suggest that using Pinterest [...]

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