The Art of Landscape Lighting

by Janet Moyer | On Demand

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Webinar Description:
It gets dark every night and we lose the connection to our landscape spaces, both personal and commercial. Janet Lennox Moyer has been creating lit night scenes since the 1970's and shares all the techniques she has learned through 46 years of creating landscape lighting in a new Routledge book The Art of Landscape Lighting being released on April 6, 2022. This book has over 800 color images that provide inspiration for all kinds of projects. Jan starts with balancing light between interior and outdoor spaces. Each project she discusses from the book provides information on a different challenge and how Jan resolved it.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understanding how to use light in a dark environment to reveal important spacial elements
2. Starting with downlighting makes a space comfortable
3. Layering light levels providing a cohesive composition


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Janet Moyer

Janet Lennox Moyer, IALD, an internationally known lighting designer has received many design awards; lived & worked on the West Coast for 20 years, relocated to the East Coast in 1997 and settled in Arizona in 2015. She has judged lighting competitions, been published extensively and has taught all over the world since serving as teaching assistant for her undergraduate lighting course at Michigan State University. Jan taught landscape lighting at UC Berkeley and Rutgers University in the Landscape Continuing Education departments during the 1980s and the 1990s. Jan studied plant identification, plant propagation and pathology, garden design and layout at UC Berkeley, Merritt College, and local Extension courses for years. Jan became interested in plants while in college at Michigan State University, while working in the greenhouses. She developed a cactus/succulent greenhouse and garden on her property in Northern California. And has extensive cactus/succulent gardens in Arizona. Ms. Moyer’s practice has included interior, commercial, and residential lighting, but her emphasis shifted to landscape lighting in 1983. Her projects include landscape lighting of Levi Plaza (San Francisco), the Detroit Civic Center, several city blocks in downtown Tacoma, Washington for Pierce Transit, incorporating a 200 foot long ‘Waterwall’; interior lighting at the Skywalker Ranch (Nicasio, CA), a palace in Abu Dhabi; both interior and landscape lighting at the Far Niente Winery (Oakville, CA) a resort in Safaga, Egypt, and many special residential properties across the nation. Projects include: several areas of both the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, in Madison, Wisconsin, a Palm Aboretum and Conservatory in Northern California, private homes and gardens from the Hollywood Hills to Maine, from Montana to Bermuda, and an abandoned marble quarry in Vermont. Jan is the author of the internationally acclaimed professional book on landscape lighting titled The Landscape Lighting Book, originally published in 1992 by John Wiley and Sons, now in it’s 3rd edition with expanded information on documentation, garden evolution an extensive drawing appendix. And for the 3rd edition integrates the disruptive technology LED how it is changing lighting and what to look for inthe future. Jan met George Gruel, graphic designer and photographer, during the last month of the 2nd edition book revision effort in 2004. George helped her with Mac artwork and Jan asked him to photograph a project for her. They got married in 2005 and have embarked on a series of collaborative books of his photos of her work. The first called She Paints with Light covers the recent years of 2004 to 2008. Volume 2 will be an expanded version of current work and Volume 3 will look back at the earlier years 1976 on-word. Jan’s new book The Art of Landscape Lighting, released April 8, 2022 with over 800 color photos and accompanying detail drawings explains Jans’ thinking/planning to respond to project needs and challenges covering her 45 years of design. In 2010, Jan Founded the International Landscape Lighting Institute, an educational 501(c)(3) Public Charity that holds 5-day, 5-night intensive courses. Each day includes morning lectures, afternoon workshop sessions, and evening mockups. ILLI teams have designed and installed five permanent landscape lighting exhibition in the USA and Tokamachi, Japan. Jan is committed to sharing her knowledge and striving to raise the bar for the landscape lighting industry, as she would love everyone to be able to enjoy our planets’ garden spaces after dark.