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Feng Shui for Hawaii Gardens: The Flow of Chi Energy in the Tropical Landscape Paperback – February 17, 2012
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About the Author
A nationally acclaimed feng shui teacher and consultant, Clear Englebert is also the author of the best-selling books Feng Shui for Hawaii, Feng Shui Demystified and Bedroom Feng Shui.
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I'm keeping "Feng Shui for Hawaii Gardens" as a reference and giving it as a gift, especially because the photographs are so beautiful.
Thanks, Clear, for another great Feng Shui book
Englebert's gentle expertise on Feng Shui (pronounced "fung schwey")in our gardens is shared in five main sections: inviting Chi energy, bringing balance, offering protection, garden miscellany, and special gardens.
These sections include topics such as
(1) driveways (who would have thought!), entrances, driveway surface and slopes, and near the door,
(2) positioning the house relative to the dragon, tiger, turtle, and bird or rather, how plants, mirrors, and other assists can balance energy,
(3) poisoned arrows such as convex sides of the road, T-intersections, and foreboding objects (again, with fixes),
(4) property shape, water features, furniture, and broken things (in a word--DON'T have broken things such as statuary heads without bodies around) and
(5)food gardens, dry situations, the lanai (porch) and agricultural.
Each section is lavishly illustrated with many descriptive plant lists, while each illustrates in itself a wonderful Feng Shui balance of text and photos. In addition, there are a sensitively curated section on recommended readings, a glossary, resources, and a plant list index.
The writing is exceptionally clear and yes, beautiful:
"A feng shui garden brings a feeling of balance to the property around your house. The balance of the landscape signifies better balance in your life and within the home. The garden also provides a very basic feeling of protection. That feeling of protection is at the root of feng shui..."
I've gardened over 20 years in Hawaii. Yet reading this lovely gift to us all, I have learned so much new----new and useful. Everything made sense to me as a gardener. It rings true.
Furthermore, readers may appreciate the author's humbleness in pointing out where other Feng Shui experts see things differently. Following the book will increase, surely, peacefulness of your garden and home, whether a small condo lanai or an estate.
At any rate, I just added a bright red begonia to a pot of pothos on the lanai and by golly, it DOES feel better to see this over a cuppa Kona coffee.
Highly recommend this treasure of a book. A good value for gardeners in many climates.