wouldn’t want to increase balance and harmony in life? The
popularity of “lucky bamboo” and “feng shui-friendly”
office spaces tell us that many people look for ways to incorporate
natural elements in a meaningful way in their daily lives.
Floral Energy speaks to that
desire by bringing the concepts of feng shui into the world of
Shin Yong means “living in harmony with plants.” The ideas
shown in this book use the five elements identified by feng shui
floral arrangements intended for specific applications in the home or
office. If a home is heavy on the “wood” element, for example, it
might be balanced with arrangements featuring “metal” or “earth.” If
someone wants to inject a little vitality in her life, she can choose
something designed with “fire” in mind, as fire is the element of energy
Each chapter explains the theory behind the elements, plant choices that
reflect those elements and ways
to combine or present those elements to best effect. Using bark or
mosses as materials for containers is one way to use “wood” energy, but
so is using green plants, plants with slender forms or plants that
symbolize new beginnings, like buds or bulbs. Looking for comfort
and grounding in your life? Look for “earth” elements, like
yellow, plate-like blossoms and ripening fruits. Herbs fall into
this category, and so do flowers with a “friendly” character, like mums
and marigolds. Sometimes, quality and clarity are needed,
the “metal” element can help clear the air and focus attention.
Clear glass, actual metal and white or gray-toned flowers and succulents
convey this element.
The book provides numerous examples of completed designs and qualifying
floral materials, as well as a glossary of floral materials and their
shin yong uses so you can create your own harmonizing arrangements.
This information can also provide interesting signage and descriptions
for arrangements to boost their perceived value to customers.
- Shin Yong
Dr. Gabriele Weimann has studied horticultural sciences and works
as a consultant of the agricultural chamber of Lower Saxony. She has
been intensively engaged with the feng shui doctrine since
1998. She developed Shin Yong from the feng shui doctrine and
translated it into the field of flowers and plants.
Britta Kroggel works as a professional florist. After her
apprenticeship she has worked for thirteen years in diverse flower
shops. She has been a member of the Profil Floral design team since
1999, and her designs have been featured in the Profil Floral magazine.