A garden with good feng shui needs to have harmony, balance, energy, and peacefulness. Using native plants, either alone or in combination with cultivars, can add those elements to your landscape. Good feng shui should awake all your senses. Also, native plants have evolved to live in harmony with each other and the environment. Their roots are long and deep to handle the vicissitudes of the changing climate. Learn which 30 native plants you should include in your garden.
Shirley Mah Kooyman is a botanist with a specialty in plant taxonomy (plant names and identification), award-winning teacher, plant information specialist, and Vice-President of the MN Native Plant Society.
In February 2009 she received the Bruce Beresford Horticulture Educators Award from the MN State Horticultural Society. She worked at the Arboretum for 25 years and was the Adult Education Manager there for 2 decades. Currently she works as a Native Plant Specialist at Natural Shore Technologies, Inc. in Maple Plain.
She has lectured on numerous botanical and horticultural topics for the University of Minnesota’s Complete Scholar program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Master Gardener programs, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, local community education program, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the MN State Horticultural Society. She has traveled widely around the world to study the area’s local flora and garden designs.
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