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Content Inside: 519751 Ch01.qxd 12/19/03 7:17 PM Page 9Chapter 1Digging into FengShui GardeningIn This ChapterFiguring out Feng ShuiDreaming up a Feng Shui gardenMaking your plan a realityIf you're not quite sure what Feng Shui is or how it can work inyour garden, don't worry. We're here to make you fearless aboutFeng Shui.In this chapter, we go over the principles of Feng Shui and tell youhow to apply them to your garden to create a welcoming environ-ment and much, much more. (Gee, do we sound like a late-nightinfomercial yet?)Exploring Feng Shui BasicsFeng Shui, which is a Chinese design philosophy, means literallywind and water. In traditional Chinese beliefs, wind and water arethe source of all life energy. This life energy, called chi, brings abun-dance and blessings into your environment and your life. So whenyou're designing according to the principles of Feng Shui, you'rereally encouraging the chi to flow into and throughout your space(not to mention your life).The modern approach to Feng Shui that we use in this book iscalled Black Hat sect, and it combines traditional Feng Shui beliefswith Western approaches. While Eastern concepts, such as intu-ition, play a primary role, Western concepts, such as practicality,aren't overlooked. We discuss this further in Chapter 2.