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Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening Paperback – March 6, 2006
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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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up loving plants and flowers but never knew what to do! I was definitely not born with a green thumb . Read morePublished 14 months ago by kim lanton
Intentional daily practice cultivates the landscape of one’s life. In Digging Deep, Fran Sorin encourages readers to transform gardening from a simple task into a sacred practice... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cara Bradley
Fran's very personal writing inspires me to get out there, both in my garden and in the world. She encourages the reader to use the garden as a source of inspiration in unleashing... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Helaine K. Rosenfeld
Fran Sorin got to the heart of creativity with "Digging Deep." It's a reflective read giving permission to be creative in one's spirit and garden. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Helen Yoest
Fran Sorin believes we are all creative and has written a book that will speak to your soul. While "Digging Deep" focuses upon gardening you can apply the lessons and wisdom shared... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Angela Artemis
The source of creativity can be illusive - I've noticed people sometimes think you are either gifted with it or you aren't. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by garden chick
As a landscape designer, part of the 'mission statement' on my website states that my job is done once I see the 'creativity lightbulb' turn on in someone's head. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Rebecca Sweet
I was hooked right from the Introduction. I'm not much of a gardener however the detail and mental imagery transported me to gardens many & varied. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by David Stevens