The International Landscape Lighting Institute reveals landscape lighting at Oklahoma University in 2018.

- International Landscape Lighting Institute Installs Three Designs at Mercer -

Come out and enjoy a beautiful, starry night capped with international creativity at Mercer Botanic Gardens next month, during the International Landscape Lighting Institute’s Spring 2020 Intensive Course reveal ceremony on Monday, March 30, from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The International Landscape Lighting Institute has chosen Mercer to host its five-day course designed to teach and promote the art and technology of landscape lighting this year. The group is bringing in students from around the world to showcase some of its most artistic and creative designs.

Guests can view a different landscape lighting design every 30 minutes. The first reveal will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Tropical Garden, followed by a second in the manicured lawns adjacent to the Tropical Garden, and the finale in the Formal Garden.

Kathryn Toth, an ILLI board member, said the group chose Mercer because its unique landscape gives designers plenty of opportunities to show off their skills.

“Mercer has a lot of different styles of gardens, and that’s one of the reasons we decided to have the event here,” said Toth. “It’s a great opportunity to see this art form, and it truly is an art form. We do this so people can be aware of the skill set that it takes.”

Mercer will be the third global host of the event since the organization began selecting various gardens for the intensive course. Students participating in the course come from countries including Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“The goal is to disseminate landscape lighting information and education so [students] can improve their designs,” said Toth. “We want them to learn how to design landscape lighting and how to install it properly. This event allows us to share their work with the community. Think of it as an art installation for one night only.”

The spectacular evening will highlight Texas culture and include a variety of refreshments provided by H-E-B. The Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco band from Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts will entertain guests with special performances throughout the garden.

Visit for more information about the organization and the work they do all over the world.

With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble.

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