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Feng shui garden

What exactly is feng shui and why do you hear gardeners talking about it?

Feng shui your garden for dummies
by Holly Ziegler and Jennifer Lawler.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., c2004.
Design a garden or landscape from the ground up Use simple, step-by-step Feng Shui techniques to achieve balance and harmony This guide shows you how to get the energy flowing with inexpensive solutions for designing around a theme, creating good chi with plants, and balancing the Five Elements. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Discover how to: Place elements such as color, special plants, and water statues Work with tight spaces such as rooftops, balconies, and patios Increase the abundance and prosperity of your garden Create more success and good health in your life
     
Gardening with soul : healing the earth and ourselves with Feng Shui and environmental awareness
Gaylah Balter.
Fayetteville, Ark. : Learning Tree Books, c2003.
You will find many interesting and unusual garden quotes, ideas, facts, and tips throughout this book. The scope is large, in the sense that the environment, history, gardening, Feng Shui, and so much more are covered. At the same time, it is tempered by an engaging, open, and simple style of writing plus a beautiful and artistic format to increase your pleasure. Gardening with Soul joins other spiritual gardening books that are becoming a new genre of gardening literature. Join Ms. Balter on a journey to find soul in your garden and discover ways to feed your own soul at the same time. Book jacket.
     
Complete guide to the feng shui garden
Gill Hale.
London : Southwater, c2000.

Garden designs and solutions for every type of garden space.

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Feng shui in the garden
Richard Webster.
St. Paul, Minn. : Llewellyn Publications, 1999.
Whether you own an estate with formal gardens or live in a studio apartment with room for a some flower pots, you can discover the remarkable benefits of using plants to create more ch'i (universal energy) in your life. Wherever you find an abundance of ch'i, the vegetation looks rich & healthy, the air smells fresh & sweet, & the water is cool & refreshing. The ancient Chinese believed that when you live in harmony with the earth, you become a magnet for health, wealth & happiness. Feng Shui in the Garden shows beginning & expert gardeners alike how to tailor their gardens to bring them the greatest amount of possible positive energy. Select your most beneficial location, layout, flowers, colors, fragrances, herbs, & garden accessories based on proven Feng Shui principles. Discover the optimum placement of fountains, water falls, or swimming pools. Learn how to construct a serene secret garden, even if you live in an apartment!
     

Feng shui is based on an ancient Chinese interpretation of the natural world. It gives advice on how to create environments in which we feel comfortable.  What better place to apply these ideas than in your garden.

Five elements represented:

Water:  bird bath, fountain

Wood:  bench, arbor

Fire:  lights, grill

Earth:  boulder, clay pots

Metal:  wind chimes

(from CBS News)

To the Chinese, chi is the life force that must be kept in balance.  The five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are the agents of chi. Each can be displayed within your garden.  The aim of your Feng Shui garden is to have a balance of these elements. 

A Feng Shui garden reflects the seasons and is designed for year-round interest. It includes a concern for our environment and an awareness of the damage we might inflict on it.

"...red flowers lift your energy level."

To maintain some interest all year round, arrange plants with different flowering times. Plant varieties with long flowering times, plus vivid colors. Colors can affect people's moods.  Purple flowers are soothing, while red flowers lift your energy level.

To make a Feng Shui garden, gardeners should plan a harmonious garden. Everything in the garden needs to be truly harmonious--to support and nourish the sense of peace.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff