Feng Shui garden Tag

Chinese gardens are a big draw for people traveling to the Middle Kingdom. Many of the Chinese tours that my husband and I led over the years often focused on gardens in southern China. Walking through these gardens where every item was intentionally positioned is...

Realtors often use the term “curb appeal” when getting a home ready to sell. It means that the home should look attractive from the minute someone gets out of their car. The reason is that a good first impression can positively impact the rest of...

Whether gardening in a large space or a small patio, there are some elements to consider if you want to be able to call it a Feng Shui garden. Size does not matter, but intention and layout does. Before starting, it is important you determine the...

This all started because our neighbors sit out on their front patio and have coffee on weekend mornings and sometimes wine in the evenings. Their dog would wander around their front yard. I would watch them and think how sweet—–they would wave and talk to people walking by. Over the top of their newspaper they’d acknowledge someone with a smile. I suddenly realized that I wanted a place to sit in front of our house. One of our cats spends a lot of time in our front yard. Some of the most precious moments Angelique and I have is when I go out in front with her. Oh wait—-I have no place to sit. I’ll just make myself comfortable on this little sidewalk step. Meanwhile, our neighbors are smiling at us while they sit comfortably in their patio chairs—-I’m imagining that they’re feeling badly that I’m having to sit on the sidewalk while they’re enjoying respectful chairs. “I want a bench in front” became a mantra for the last couple of years.
One of the features that is almost a requirement in a Feng Shui garden is the element of water. "Shui” means water, after all, so it is appropriate to incorporate this element in some way. Water symbolizes flow and movement. It is the place from which all life arises and the place to which it returns. It symbolizes eternity since its flow is perpetual and eternal. Water represents renewal and is used in many ceremonies for that reason. Carole's garden was part of the Masters Gardeners tour in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It was unique because it is a Feng Shui garden. True to form, there are several expressions of water in her outdoor space. [gallery ids="1379,1378,1375,1377,1384,1376,1380"]

Whether gardening in a large space or a small patio, there are some elements to consider if you want to be able to call it a Feng Shui garden. Size does not matter, but intention and layout do. Before starting, it is important you determine the...

There are nine features that a traditional Feng Shui garden should have. A water element is one obvious feature, a fence, a curving path, just to name a few.  My gardener husband has made sure that his magnificent expression of flowers and herbs follows those...