“Living in Northwest Florida, light shapes our days and defines our seasons. When designing a garden, considering how light plays across the site is one of my primary considerations.”
Light plays an integral role in garden design. Its power manifests in the nurturing rays of the sun, breathing life into plants and flowers. When filtered by leafy trees and hedges, it creates shaded coves that offer refuge from the heat of the day. Light interacts with the landscape to create vibrant explosions of color that dazzle the eye and soft shadows that provide texture and contrast.
As the sun sets, entirely new scenes emerge through the artistic placement of lighting. Floodlights reveal new perspectives on towering trees, while accent lighting creates places for intimate gatherings. From carefully planning how light will play across multi-hued foliage to shaping magnificent evening views, light is an indispensable facet of James Martin’s artistic palette.
“Each morning, we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night, we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more.”