A Special Birthday Wish
This day a 131-years ago, an incredible man was born. His name was Francis Byron Nightingale and he was known to many as, Nighty. He was a man of many talents because he was an adventurer, innovator, writer, magician, designer and visionary. He began a trade practice that became both an art-form and a discipline. It was called, Garden Lighting, which is now known as Landscape Lighting.
Frank B. Nightingale is the “father of garden lighting” and he shall always be remembered for the passion he brought to this form and process. I see him as the initial spark to the fire and one that I hope continues to burn for generations to come. He wrote the book….he paved the path for those of us who wish to ensure his legacy. I, for one has accepted this quest and it is my hope that others will lead by Frank’s example.
A Birthday Wish
So, if Mr. Nightingale was alive today, what would he want for his birthday? I believe his wish would be to have others follow in his footsteps and know that he made an impact on others. It would be nothing more than to be remembered for his work and his joy of how garden lighting moved so many people. I believe it’s the sense of excitement one has as they “experience” these settings for the first time–it’s magical.
Consider this, how many in today’s market take the time to make landscape lighting a true experience? Did you know that Mr. Nightingale used to employ music during his presentations and that he would have everything orchestrated to come on and off at pre-set times? It is fascinating to know that Frank would do this to provide amazement in these experiences. He was initially trained as a professional magician, so it was his way of captivating his audience.
I am very respectful to what Mr. Nightingale has generously provided to the landscape lighting profession. He provides hope and excitement for those passionate enough to pursue more within this craft. I give thanks to Frank by honoring his principles in this work by helping to “educate” others, by developing new ideas through “innovation”, and by not compromising “quality” whether it is with materials or practices.
Happy Birthday Frank B. Nightingale, may your passion of experiencing landscape lighting live on.