Sometimes we need to let a little childlike magic into our lives. Bruce Monro loved to daydream while lying in the sun in his parent’s garden when he was younger. But instead of dismissing his imagination as a silly fantasy, like most of us do, he turned his dreams into the inspiration for an enchanted illuminated forest.

And then he brought his glowing forest to life at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

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Here’s Bruce describing the project, one of several large light installations which we’ve seen come to life in grand gardens around the world this year. Small-scale, you might simply drape warm outdoor fairy lights round round an Acer to celebrate it’s silhouette, or place a few uplighters under a spiky palm to make weird shadows. Dream and do…

Pic thanks to Ron Cogswell, Longwood and Ozartsetc.