feng shui garden
The feng shui garden creates spaces where you can enjoy different moods. The focus is on the emotional response of the person enjoying the feng shui garden. The feng shui 8 directions can be used as a guide for creating a feng shui garden. The 8 directions help create a template of colours, material and shapes to encourage various emotional responses.
feng shui garden design
Begin by noting the different moods and emotions you want to experience in various parts of your garden. For example you might like to feel more stimulated and inspired in a sunny area and more relaxed and peaceful in a shady corner. One you have decided how you want to feel start thinking about colours, features, smells, sounds, materials and shapes that would help you experience those desired feelings. For example sitting under a willow tree, on an old wooden bench set upon soft grass, with a back drop of a trimmed hedge might be the ultimate peaceful environment. For another it might be lying next to a water feature, listening to the sound of trickling water and watching gold fish guiding by.
senses in feng shui garden design
Feng shui garden design presents a great opportunity to create a place to be in the moment and experience life through our senses. We can feel the breeze on our face, the earth beneath our feet and touch various plants with our hands. We can listen to the birds, insects and wind in the trees. Nature provides us with an amazing array of colours shapes and shadows to look at. Our garden can provide and incredible variety of smells. If we grow edible plants we can taste nature. All this helps bring us out of our heads and back into experiencing life as it happens.
A feng shui garden is one that is created to help us engage with nature, using all our senses. To make it easy to engage, surprise, juxtaposition, contrast, movement, variety, mystery and ageing are all combined to create a powerful sensorial experience.
the metaphor of the path
A path is often used as a metaphor for our life journey in feng shui garden design. For example a winding path that takes the traveller through a variety of experiences would make for an interesting feng shui feature. This curving path might pass trees, a water feature, interesting statue, large stone or driftwood, a variety of flowers, herbs, an open area of grass or gravel, a vegetable patch and wild area.
The path itself might twist and turn whilst changing its form. Some parts could be paved, gravel, wood, mulch, grass or made from various stones. The path might have a bridge, steps, gradient or change width to make the experience more interesting.
Ultimate the path can be a metaphor for our journey through life and a path that holds our interest and encourages us to engage in life can represent a life that helps us live our life to the full and enjoy our own evolution, development and growth. For more read about wabi sabi.
four dimensional art
One of the wonderful features of feng shui garden design is that it is a work of art that keeps changing through the seasons and evolving from one year to the next. Time adds a forth dimension to your creativity. Your garden has the potential to be full of surprises as each new flower blooms.
feng shui garden design advice
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