Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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of feng shui. In addition, a family gathering area for dining and play, and raised vegetable garden beds were important to the overall functionality of the landscape." The home is located at the base of the Boise foothills in Zone 6. The north-facing yard is within the foothills' watershed on clay loam soil. It measures 3,723 square feet but at only 15' wide, it tested Sims' ability to make it appear wider. The clients needed solutions for the lack of privacy screening and a problematic grade that caused water to flow toward the home and pool around the foundation. Furthermore, they wanted low- maintenance plantings. The plan was for Sims to create the design and then oversee the build from start to finish. So relying on the principles of feng shui and the symbolism of a Zen garden, Sims got to work. "The aesthetic scope follows the tradition of Asian design with an emphasis on feng shui, which is rich in symbolism and philosophy," Sims relates. Using a "Bagua energy map" she arranged the physical objects, both the hardscape and softscape improvements, on the design plan. "A Bagua map is used to coordinate the energy of the environment to the fundamental aspects of human life, such as family, prosperity, career, relationships, love, money, health, creativity, and spiritual growth," reveals Sims. "Improvements lay within the eight sections of the feng shui Bagua map." Above: Using the principles of feng shui, a 15'-wide backyard in Boise, Idaho was designed as an ornate Zen garden with a live stream and waterfall, a dry stream, meditation areas and a raking garden. Rough boulders were selected to represent the craggy cliffs where the ancestors live, and smooth boulders to encourage contemplation. July 2018 63 A Far East Out West Haven by Mike Dahl, LASN

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