The Lucky Gardener – NZ Gardener – July 2021

here are many reasons why your garden looks the way it does. Hopefully, one of them is because you
want it that way, in that it serves your purpose and enriches your life in myriad ways, whether that
purpose is growing food, providing a safe space for your children to play or giving you room to show your
creativity and artistic flair (or all of the above)

For Boon Yap and her husband Kim Powell, their unique courtyard garden looks the way it does to serve the main
goal of their home, which had been built to express “perfect feng shui design’

The home, stunningly perched on a bush-clad hill overlooking Bream Head in Northland, is so breathtaking,
it featured in a 2020 episode of Grand Designs.

NZ Feng shui – depending on who you’re talking to about it – is either a belief system, a mystical philosophy, a set
of design principles or some new age ‘woo-woo”. Boon proposes that it is a science that can be studied and
mastered like any other. The most certain thing is that it is an ancient concept that has endured over the ages

Personally, I am quite indifferent and – dare I say it cautious about applying feng shui principles; the general
reasoning being that you want good feng shui which would bring health, prosperity, harmony and other such
lovely things, but you might inadvertently get very bad feng shui – illness, bad luck, accidents or quarrels! In short,
I know enough to know I don’t know enough

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