How to Include the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Garden

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Size is not the primary concern when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. 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.

Feng shui methods are identical whether you are working in your garden or your home. The initial part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting underway, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast part of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Consider incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Beginnings

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose.

Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the artist. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the spot 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. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

These days, fountains adorn public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

"Old School" Water Fountain Creative Designers

Fountain designers were multi-talented people from the 16th to the late 18th century, often serving as architects, sculptors, artisans, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one. During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci illustrated the artist as a creative master, inventor and scientific specialist. The forces of nature inspired him to investigate the qualities and motion of water, and due to his fascination, he methodically documented his experiences in his now renowned notebooks. Converting private villa configurations into innovative water displays complete with symbolic significance and natural beauty, early Italian fountain creators combined resourcefulness with hydraulic and gardening abilities. Known for his incredible skill in archeology, design and garden design, Pirro Ligorio, the humanist, delivered the vision behind the magnificence in Tivoli. Well versed in humanist subject areas as well as established scientific readings, some other water feature makers were masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water properties and water antics for the countless properties near Florence.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Talent: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain

Incredible discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome.

The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture situated at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it hard to visit. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and bleak which generally kept people away. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain for the area. Work on the church's infrastructure began on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medals bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

How Garden Fountains Improve Your Office Surroundings

Boost business success with a garden fountain. A charming feature such as this will make clients feel welcome to your workplace. In contrast to the more typical fountains found in people’s homes, garden fountains installed in corporate areas should create a lasting impression as well as provide a warm, welcoming ambiance.

Important to the success of any firm, they are a way to attract new customers and make a positive first impression. Garden water fountains, beautiful plants, and other elements, will contribute a bit of nature even in limited spaces. Other places of business are lucky enough to have the room to develop a much bigger garden display.

Occasionally only a little area of land is available to a company and they must find a way to make a lasting impression with what they have.

It all boils down to the need to bring in new business and make an immediate favorable impact. Your garden fountain will serve much like a welcoming embrace to new clients thinking about working with your firm.


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