With the advent of outdoor lighting, the moonlight garden seems to have disappeared from today’s landscape designer’s repertoire. All of the nightly attention has been placed by using up lights, down lights, and path lights to create a dramatic and stunning effect in our gardens, trees, rocks, and home features. Unfortunately, sometimes we overlook the special moments that occur naturally in the darkness of our backyard spaces. We must learn to deeply appreciate the moments that are beyond our control.
The concept of designing a garden to be enjoyed at night is not a new one. With incredible examples in Japanese, English and Indian landscape designs, having a garden that comes to life at the end of the day is very special in almost every culture. Considering that most Canadians spend the majority of their time enjoying the backyard at night, taking inspiration from these historic landscapes is the perfect way to maximize outdoor enjoyment.