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Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening Kindle Edition

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Garden designer Sorin invites readers to "unearth" their "creative roots" in a book long on platitudes and cheerful encouragement but unfortunately lacking in advice that would-be gardeners can put to real use. In the introduction ("what does it mean to be creative?"), Sorin sets the book’s tone by explaining that her "mission is not to have everyone create world-class gardens, but…to show new and experienced gardeners alike how they can use their gardens…as tools for their creative awakening." Accordingly, she organizes her book into "seven stages of creative unfolding": Imagining, Envisioning, Planning, Planting, Tending, Enjoying and Completing. These are sensible divisions, certainly, but the exercises that Sorin provides offers within are not always inspiring (e.g., "Ask yourself: What would I do in my garden if there were no limits on time or money?"; "Spend some time writing about times in your life when you followed your instincts, both in and outside your garden"). Even in sections like "Tips for Container Gardening," which offer numerous opportunities to introduce hands-on advice, Sorin’s recommendations ("add water-retaining gel crystals") are familiar. Sorin does provide some useful bits, listing, for example, "The Six Must-Have Gardening Tools" and giving suggestions for controlling pests without using toxic chemicals. But the bulk of her book takes gardening as a metaphor for emotional and spiritual growth-which means that readers heading for the self-help aisles might like this volume better than those wandering through the gardening section.
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For an artist, it's an empty canvas; for a writer, a blank page; but for a homeowner, a barren landscape can be an equally daunting proposition. As with any creative endeavor, filling a space with beauty is a task few approach with any degree of self-confidence, but Sorin maintains such intimidation is unnecessary once we learn how to open ourselves up to sensory and imaginative experiences. Espousing principles that can and, she hopes, will be applied to other aspects of life, Sorin views gardening as the perfect place to begin one's creative reawakening and offers a thought-provoking series of exercises and practices that will help readers produce their perfect garden setting while developing philosophies and habits that will allow them to enjoy the fruits of their labors. From wishing and hoping to weeding and hoeing, Sorin enthusiastically guides gardeners every step of the way, helping them learn how to make choices and sharpen skills, celebrate successes, and embrace changes from a more creative perspective. Carol Haggas
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Product Details

  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 15, 2007)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2007
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001DAI7E2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,601 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fran Sorin is an author, gardening and creativity expert, and a veteran of the media; as a media trainer, broadcaster, journalist, celebrity spokesperson, and inspirational speaker. Fran has trained top managers, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, senators, and a U.S. presidential candidate on how to deal with the media in a compelling, effective, and authentic manner.

She is the author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening. Groundbreaking when published in 2004, Digging Deep was the first book to address gardening in the context of creativity and as a tool for well-being and getting out of a rut. The updated 10th Anniversary Edition is even more vital than ten years ago because our culture has become both increasingly obsessed with technology and increasingly 'nature deprived'.

From the moment that Fran decided she wanted to share her passion for gardening with a large audience, and approached the local Fox TV station in Philadelphia about doing some gardening TV features, she became a fixture on the TV circuit. She spent years as a gardening authority on Philadelphia's Fox and NBC stations, was a regular gardening contributor on NBC's Weekend Today Show, and made several appearances on Lifetime, HGTV, Discovery, CNN, DIY, and Comcast. She also has been a celebrity spokesperson for OurHouse.com, MSNBC, and Garden Weasel.

Fran is celebrating her tenth year as a CBS Radio News Correspondent. Her Digging Deep gardening features are heard several times a week on CBS Radio stations throughout the United States. She's also written dozens of articles about gardening and well-being for USA Weekend Magazine, Radius Magazine, and iVillage. Fran was instrumental in developing iVillage.com's Gardening Channel; and was their "Green Thumb" gardening expert.

She has spent more than twenty-five years working and developing community projects that have served the diverse community of West Philadelphia, including Radnor Recycles for Refugees and Shooting For The Stars, a not-for-profit organization and motivational program for elementary students. She has recently initiated a community garden and learning center on the grounds of a church in an underprivileged neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

Fran's optimistic, grounded values and empowering message are needed more than ever in these tumultuous times when so many of us feel stuck, scared, and disconnected from ourselves and others. She feels that every day should be filled with creativity, connection, play, kindness, and generosity. For her, these are the cornerstones of what constitute a joyful and meaningful life.

Fran is a graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.

She lives with a gaggle of dogs, has two rooftop gardens, and fiercely loves her family, friends, pups, nature and spirit. She gets great pleasure from rowing, playing the piano and cello, is a cinephile, and thinks that picking and eating a sweet, ripe tomato from her garden is one of life's great pleasures.



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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gaspard on April 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I thought it was very strange when someone gave me this book as a gift in that I don't even have a yard. Most of the house plants I've had over the years have died from either too little or too much watering. It felt like a gag gift. I'm surprised I ever even started reading it but once I did I couldn't put it down. I realize now that the reason I had so much trouble with plants before is that I never really accepted them as being alive and as a result treated them as if they were a painting or a sculpture. I've re-stocked my kitchen with plants and we're all getting along very well thanks to Ms. Sorin. It has added more than foliage to my life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ray Lee on April 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I never really thought of myself as a gardner but reading Fran Sorin's book made me realize that it's not about a competition and trying to have the "best" garden on the block but about getting in sync with yourself through a connection with the earth. I get so caught up in a mad rush with work and just life in general but there is nothing like the process involved in growing things. I think I am more connected to my environment and my life through this simple but profound exploration of improving your life through gardening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I moved to New York City I felt like I just didn't have any time to do things I used to enjoy so much. And I read about this book in USAWeekend and bought it and got so inspired that I bought two fica plants before I even finished the book. It reminded me of the time I used to spend with my Irish grandma out in the garden where I grew up near Peoria, IL. It filled me with life again, and not to get too honest, since reading Fran Sorin's book I have gotten the courage to break off a relationship I should have ended a while back. And I honestly feel I am ready to start and enjoy making my new life grow!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This delightful book came to me at exactly the right time. The month

of March in Wisconsin is one of the toughest months for anyone who

loves gardening. Reading a pretty gardening book that focuses on

the gardener was exactly what I needed to make it through until the

first signs of spring began to arrive.

The author has divided this book up into stages of imagining,

envisioning, planning, planting, tending, enjoying, and completing

your garden. Each stage was an affirmation for me of why I connect

with nature and have dirt under my fingernails all summer long.

Step by step, you are shown how to find the creativity within and trust your instincts as you allow yourself to dream your garden into being. While there is plenty of practical how-to information, most of the insights in this book lead you toward building the self-confidence to allow yourself to listen, experiment and bring your vision into full bloom.

This book will remain along side my other favorite gardening books to

be read again and again, whenever I need some gardening inspiration.

Armchair Interviews says: Gardening inspiration...what a great concept.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katelyn Thomas on July 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is not just another step by step garden design book. It is a fascinating look into the mental and psychological processes of garden design. Fran works to awaken and inspire the gardener to design a personal and unique garden that has meaning to its owner. The book is broken up into seven design stages. Fran says that these techniques can be used to unleash creativity and that gardening empowers us to go on to be successful in other parts of our lives. Each section has exercises to help us design our own gardens that are personally fulfilling to us.
If you are looking for a paint by number plan to quickly create a nice looking garden, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a book full of shiny pictures, you will be disappointed. However, if you are interested in jump-starting your creativity to help you plan and make a unique garden that reflects your personal style, you should have a copy of Digging Deep on your bookshelves.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brenda VINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"I believe the ultimate goal is not to be creative, but to learn how to live creatively."
Sorin was successful at her last job, but it wasn't satisfying. When the time came to create a garden at her new home, Sorin went to special lengths for her garden and it eventually lead her to a new career in garden design. The lessons learned during her career change are what _Digging Deep_ is all about.
Sorin's book is set up in six sections.
"Six stages of "creative unfolding within the context of your garden: Imagining, Envisioning, Planning, Planting, Tending, Enjoying, and Completing."
In the stages are mini chapters of creative lessons. Sorin gives examples by way of her experiences with her clients. She tells of her clients' excitement in discovering a creative approach to life, in the hopes that it will inspire the reader. At the end of the chapters, she gives readers things to do. They aren't demanding and some may even become nice habits.
_Digging Deep_ is an inspiring self-help book that uses gardening as a metaphor. The book is well written and Sorin's advice is rational and clear. Highly Recommended.
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