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Garden lighting : contemporary exterior lighting
Davidson, James, 1951-
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Publication Information:
London : Ward Lock ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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Includes index.
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SB476 .D38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The aim of this work is to show something of what can be achieved in lighting a garden and to give advice on how to achieve it by practical and affordable means. Starting by defining some of the more common terms, it goes on to discuss the nature and qualities of light, and follows with advice on how to plan a lighting scheme. Part two takes the reader on a tour of the garden with inspirational ideas and practical guidance on how to best light every garden situation, including decks and patios, paths and steps, statuary, trees and shrubs, water features and eating areas.

Author Notes

Historian and writer James West Davidson received his B.A. from Haverford College and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He currently lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Davidson, author of The Complete Home Lighting Book (1997), goes beyond the concept of a single floodlight placed high on a wall to discourage intruders. He explains the technical terms and definitions of light, equipment, and accessories (watts and volts, projectors, lamps, transformers, luminaries, and lenses) and the principles of lighting design. There's a chapter on planning your garden lighting and one offering a multitude of ideas. They include ways to light trees, shrubs, lawns, rocks, fences, walls, sculptures, decks, terraces, arbors, gazebos, paths, and driveways. Davidson also offers advice on lighting pools, waterfalls, streams, terraces, and buildings such as a conservatory. All 128 pages contain color photographs and drawings. --George Cohen