Ways Feng Shui Make Your Garden into an Oasis

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthful energy into your home as well.

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space is adequate. Of course, a huge area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your house's bagua, so it is essential to figure out your home’s first. be-135__48264.jpg

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to use each of them to intensify the energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast portion of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

People thinking about including a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. The main components used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles.

The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

"Old School" Water Fountain Creative Designers

Multi-talented individuals, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century often functioned as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one. Exemplifying the Renaissance skilled artist as a inspiring master, Leonardo da Vinci toiled as an innovator and scientific specialist. With his tremendous curiosity about the forces of nature, he investigated the attributes and movement of water and also systematically documented his findings in his now famed notebooks. Ingenious water displays loaded of symbolic significance and all-natural wonder changed private villa settings when early Italian fountain creators fused creativity with hydraulic and gardening skill. The humanist Pirro Ligorio provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli and was recognized for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design. Other water feature engineers, masterminding the fantastic water marbles, water functions and water humor for the many estates in the vicinity of Florence, were well-versed in humanist subjects and traditional scientific texts.

Tips for Selecting the Ideal Fountain for Your Needs

Before picking out a water fountain, carefully consider precisely where you want to put it. The entrance to a hotel or building is a perfect place for them, as they offer a lovely welcome to guests.

Certain fountains are especially built to lean against a wall. Normally, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to secure them to a wall, post, or some other secure place. Since the top part of your fountain is not stable on its own, ensure that it is secure against a wall to avoid damage caused by strong winds, wild animals, or other natural threats.

In public places like parks where visitors tend to sit and relax for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.

Gardens of Chatworth and its "Revelation" Garden Fountain

“Revelation,” the latest inclusion to the decorative outdoor fountains of Chatsworth, was designed by well-known British sculptor Angela Conner. In 2004/2005 she was commissioned by the now deceased 11th Duke of Devonshire to produce a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday bash. “Revelation” was placed in 1999 in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s earliest ponds. It takes on the form of four big flower petals designed from steel which open and close with the water circulation, alternately camouflaging and exposing a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s center. A metal globe painted with gold dust was incorporated in the sculpture, which stands five meters in height and five meters wide. This newest water fountain is an exciting and interesting addition to the Gardens of Chatsworth, unique in that the movement of the petals is totally powered by water.


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