As a partner in a landscaping design-build firm, I work from a broad palette of design elements. The basic forms, like walkways, patios, decks, and fences, serve as a visual and spatial frame for plantings, water features, sculptures, and other enhancements.

Lighting is often treated as just another landscape enhancement, or even as an afterthought. But for me, it's an essential tool and one of the main keys to success. My high-end clients typically work long hours, and many of them get few chances to see their properties during daylight hours. Lighting makes their outdoor spaces accessible and...

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