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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,095 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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Full disclosure: I am a friend of Fran Sorin. I've attended a writer's retreat with her and shared a long car ride from Big Sur to San Francisco. We've chatted by Skype a few times too. Every interaction I've had with her revealed a deep wisdom and sense of calm that kept me coming back for more. So when her 10th Anniversary Edition came out, I wanted to read it for myself. Here's what I think:

I'm a writer and a career coach, so I'm constantly scanning the new releases to see what might inspire my clients or help me get more words on the page. What I am NOT is a gardener. In fact, the idea that I might have to get my hands dirty, literally, in order to move my book projects forward was not an idea I was fully ready to embrace.

As I read the book though, I realized that you don't have to garden. You can see the gardening more as a metaphor if that suits you. But the lessons here are profound. For example, when she talks about impatience, and how her gardening clients want to plant mature trees but this is a mistake because you don't get an opportunity to bond with your creation, the lesson is real for me. I get it.

I felt like the bigger "lesson" here is that you have to enjoy the journey. We all know that in theory, but Fran shows you how to do it. Sure, she talks about gardening, but I encourage you (as I encourage my clients) to see it more broadly than that. When she tells you to lay out bamboo sticks to figure out where your garden path will go in the chapter on commitment, understand that you can lay commitments down wherever you choose. The exercises work if you're planning a garden or changing careers. It's the committing that matters.

And fundamentally, that's why I recommend this book. Because it's clear Fran takes her own advice.
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To be completely honest, when I first started reading Digging Deep, I thought it would just be a reiteration of things I already knew. I’m an avid gardener – I love spending time outside growing and nurturing my vegetables and flowers – but what I got was so much more than that. I found that my love for gardening and being submersed in nature goes beyond the surface – there are countless reasons I enjoy being outside, and Fran helped me to pull those reasons and ideas to the surface.

I immediately became immersed in the ideas and projects Fran suggests throughout the book. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the book was the interactivity. There are several projects to try throughout each chapter, and they are all building blocks to discovering more about yourself through nature and gardening – a creative element we often tend to take for granted.

The first thing I did when I began reading Digging Deep is create my Nature Journal that Fran recommends in the very beginning of the book. My Nature Journal has proven to be an amazing source of creative release for me. Along with the prompts Fran suggests writing and collaging about in your Natural Journal, I find myself returning to my Nature Journal throughout the day with my own ideas and prompts beyond those suggested by Fran. I’ve continued to use my Nature Journal even after finishing the book, and plan to keep it up as long as it will inspire me.

Don’t think gardening is for you? Fran just may change your mind by the end of this book. She explains how gardening and being outdoors is a natural part of our being – we grow to love it as we spend more and more time with nature, thus allowing us to spend time in our thoughts, away from the stress and busy-ness of life.
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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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