When we rearrange furniture indoors, it gives a room a new look and feel. We often rearrange the plants, borders, and ornaments in our garden to change its feel, as well. When we do so, we may be unknowingly practicing what's called "feng shui" (roughly, fung suay).
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese concept that has gotten a lot of attention recently. Although it has many applications, it can be summed up as a means of attaining harmony in your life (and garden, too) through proper placement of objects. Feng shui translates to "wind-water" in Cantonese, which evokes its basis in working with the "five elements:" wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
Member Angi Ma Wong of Palos Verdes, California, has made a profession of helping people understand and apply feng shui principles. She has published two new tools for gardeners: The Feng Shui Garden Design Kit and Feng Shui Dos and Taboos: A Guide to What to Place Where.
"I want to help the average gardener understand and apply the principles of feng shui in the garden," she says. "These tools are made to activate improvement--that is, harmony--in your garden."
For more information, visit