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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

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"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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Gardens can enrich our lives, adding beauty and bringing us that sense of accomplishment when we've created our vision for the world to see. Digging Deep, by Fran Sorin is an inspiring book for the new, as well as experienced gardener. It gives the reader the confidence to believe in their own creativity. Digging Deep guides you from start to finish in creating a garden that reflects who you are.

No matter how small or how large your garden, Digging Deep gives you helpful tips including the seven step process which includes Imagining, Envisioning, Planning, Planting, Tending, Enjoying and Completing. The reader is to encouraged to explore, research and learn about plants before they ever start digging.

Fran gives clear and helpful suggestions from beginning to end so that the garden you imagine will be yours to enjoy. This is a book that every gardener and potential gardener should have on their shelf.
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When you watch little kids, you can see their creativity abound, their fearlessness in taking on just about any challenge, their openness to all that life offers.

We were all like this until other people told us what we couldn't or shouldn't do and believe. Unfortunately we believed them and we started to bury that fire that we were born with.

Fran Sorin shows her readers, in her seven step process, how to unearth that fire, joy and creativity by experimenting with the process of gardening. By digging deep into your soul, you can express the creativity that's always been there, impatiently waiting to emerge - just like a rose bud about to burst into its unfathomable beauty.

She takes you back to your forgotten childhood connections with the natural world, holding your hand as you reawaken your excitement for life.

The exercises throughout the book take you through the process of sparking your creativity with both plant life and your own life. They'll help you to remember what's important to you and to act on that.

If that little voice in your head is telling you that you're not creative, you can't do something like that, you're not that kind of person or that you'll just fail - then you need this book.
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