Designers Preview Night

John Garner, Southern Lights of Raleigh

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 7:00 pm9:00 pm
  • Friday, November 3, 2017 – 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Join John Garner, the master designer behind this incredible lighting event, for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion about the design concepts, techniques, and technology used to create this artistic display. This preview is only open to landscape architects and other lighting design professionals. Don't miss this up-close and personal opportunity to preview Moonlight in the Garden before it opens to the public on Thursday, November 9.

Additional Designers Preview Night Scheduled

Moonlight in the Garden's Designers Preview Night is offered on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3.

Japanese maple lighted at night

Each registration includes two general admission tickets ($40.00 value) to Moonlight in the Garden held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 9, 10, and 11 and November 16, 17, and 18.

Tour Highlights

  • Entrance Lighting – Kelly Francis "Fireflies" of San Antonio
  • The Beacon – Using LEDs to define location
  • Coppertown Detour – A variety of copper path lights compared
  • Longview – LED, Mercury Vapor, Metal Halide side by side, large scale long distance
  • Food Court – Festoon Lighting over outdoor dining (Food vendors not present for Designer Nights. Come back on public evenings and bring the family!")
  • Lighting the Avenue – LED pole lights
  • Stone Creations by Bob Simchock – Local artisan uses native stone/LEDs to create works of art
  • Lath House – Pendants illuminate papthways and specimens lit various ways
  • Japanese Garden Scenes – view the garden with layers of light. 4 scenes build upon one another.
  • Moonlight in the Garden – a study of downlighting techniques
  • Bronzeville – a variety of bronze path lights compared
  • Display of luminaries created by Arboretum volunteers
  • Arbor-mounted festoon lighting at Ruby McSwain Center
  • View from the Roof – Explore the rooftop gardens of the Ruby C. McSwain Center
  • Xeric Garden – A study of Kelvin manipulation
  • Electric Flower Garden – Stained glass flower fixtures en masse.
  • White Garden Illumination – with FX Lumiere ZDC (Zoning, Dimming Color changing) accents
  • Great Lawn – Defining Space with perimeter Lighting
  • Light and Motion in the Garden

Continuing Education Credit

The North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects has approved this program for two credit hours (course #12471).

Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store (Thursday and Friday). Registration is limited to 40 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.