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Who 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 floral design. 

Shin Yong means “living in harmony with plants.”  The ideas shown in this book use the five elements identified by feng shui to create 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 and passion. 

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, and 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. 
 
Table of Contents:
  • Basics
  • Wood Element
  • Fire Element
  • Earth Element
  • Metal Element
  • Water Element
  • Shin Yong Plants

Authors:
  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.


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