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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694025
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When Fran Sorin walks into a room, she radiates joyfulness. Her manner implies that this world is a wonderful, exciting place in which to live. I urge you to listen to what she has to say. Her thoughts and ideas are powerful and can help you approach your own life with a heightened awareness and a more celebratory nature. Digging Deep will surely be a groundbreaking book." Erika Fromm, Ph.D


Fran Sorin is a garden designer unlike any other, as she is as fascinated with the people she works with as she is with the vast and beautiful possibilities of plants and flowers. Her gift is her ability to explore with her clients their nagging garden anxieties, and their big visions, so that, together, they can make just the right garden. Digging Deep is a step-by-step guide in which the unique way you see and think is as important as how you till the soil or choose a sturdy rose plant. Trebbe Johnson, Author, The World Is A Waiting Lover

"From wishing and hoping to weeding and hoeing, Sorin enthusiastically guides gardeners every step of the way, helping them to learn how to make choices and sharpen skills, celebrate successes, and embrace changes from a more creative perspective."
Carol Haggas for The American Library Association

"Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening" manages to be both an inspiring and practical guide as a celebration of the process of gardening." RJ Julia Bookseller

From the Author


"I believe from the depths of my heart that gardening can be one of the most profound ways to unearth the creative spirit buried within every one of us. It doesn't matter whether you have a twenty-acre plot of land or a fire escape in the back of a city apartment
; once you unleash this creative energy, you will be amazed at what happens in all areas of your life. You will begin to see how living creatively opens up new vistas in your imagination and new windows of opportunity in your life. You will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that once you discover your authentic, creative nature, you can create absolutely anything you dare to in and of your life."
from DIGGING DEEP

More About the Author


The idea for writing a book came to Fran one day when she was on all fours weeding in the garden. In a flash, she realized that the sublime, enchanted, creative state that she often experienced while in her garden was similar to the pure joy and captivation she had felt when playing the piano as a young girl.

Wishing to share her experience and knowledge about the creative, authentic self that each one of us innately possesses, she mapped out 7 Stages of Creative Awakening that help you unearth your imagination and enable you to become the confident and fulfilled artist of your garden--and your life.

And that's how Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, came to fruition. Groundbreaking when originally published, it was the first book to address gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Digging Deep, just published, has been updated and includes a new foreword by Dr. Larry Dossey. The book's been endorsed by well-known gardening, spiritual, self-help, creativity, and Mind-Body Medicine authors and leaders in their fields.

Fran's faith in the healing power of connection--with ourselves, others, nature, and spirit--informs everything she does. Whether writing, designing a garden, leading a workshop, or helping someone live more authentically through her soul-tending practice--all of her work is based upon her deep belief that our need to connect with the earth is inherent, and, by doing so, we heal our souls and experience more joy in our lives.

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.

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, Fran is a renowned gardening expert, passionate gardener, deep ecologist, inspirational speaker, ordained interfaith minister, soul tending coach, and CBS Radio news contributor.

Fran 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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Digging Deep, by Fran Sorin is an inspiring book for the new, as well as experienced gardener.
Catherine Taughinbaugh
Recommended for anyone who wants more than just a technical primer, but instead a guide to creating a garden that is uniquely personal.
garden chick
While reading the book I found myself becoming excited about using gardening to expand my overall creativity.
Angela Artemis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 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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