More to Feng Shui in the garden than meets the eye
In recent times the popularity of applying Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Schway) in our gardens has increased but it is more than just the lack of straight lines. Some may know that Christine Hart, who takes care of our office, is an accredited Feng Shui consultant, here is what she has to say on the subject;
Feng Shui in the garden is applied differently to that of the home or business, the focus is very much on the integration of the surrounding landscape and the inclusion of all the senses. It is true that straight lines are kept to a minimum, in many cases, as the garden is deemed an area for quiet relaxation and contemplation – something we perhaps all need a bit more of, so creating soft flowing curved pathways allows for this.
The idea is to guide you along a path to discover initially unseen parts of the garden, rather than being able to see all of it at once, this provides the feeling of a journey where you are not quite sure of what is around the corner and finding a hidden gem. As you walk along the path different senses at a time can be heightened.
Sound is more than a windchime in the garden, think about different materials for footpaths, the rustle of swaying grasses and trees, the gentle tinkling of a stream or fountain. Find areas where you can appreciate the difference of light and shade, play with casting shadows and reflections, and frame particular views or plants. Aromas are one the great aspects of gardens, flowers and bushes are what naturally spring to mind but areas of shade where damp loving ferns exist or water on stone create a complete different waft in the air to that of hot dry sun on wood or metal. Touch can be encouraged by placing plants within easy reach to run your hands through as you pass, such as Lavender, Rosemary and Fennel, or flowing water where you can dip your fingers or toes in (there are considerations in Feng Shui to the position/direction/pace of water, in brief it should be gentle and flowing towards the home). At different times of the day parts of the garden will be more comfortable and lend themselves to certain activities, observe your garden and choose your ideal place to read, a spot to dine and share company, or an area designated for play.
Ultimately the garden should be enjoyed as a whole and care given to it, after all it is a supporting role in our lives and impacts our health and well-being for the better.
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