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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm finding it trite, overworked, feels like she is trying to fill up pages to create a book length.Published 9 days ago by Amy Ryberg
Digging Deep - Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening by Fran Sorin is a 10th anniversary edition that continues the journey of using gardening as means of getting in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alan Viau
I really enjoyed Fran Sorin's book. It's a new take on garden planning and explores how gardening can be part of creativity and creative expression. Read morePublished 12 months ago by willow99
Excellent book with wonderful garden tips! I particularly love the tips for "The Fragrance Factor" to help enhance your gardens with scent. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shawna Coronado
Facing the creation of a garden can be a daunting task. Where to begin? Fortunately Fran Sorin takes readers by the hand and graciously and expertly introduces them to the basic... Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Hall
Digging Deep is about gardening, but it is also Fran Sorin's metaphor for the way digging into the soil and also lead us to digging in our soul for beauty and peace. Read morePublished 15 months ago by commonweeder
It's not just about gardening. It's also about life in general. Lots of good ideas and things to try. It's a nice relaxing read!Published 16 months ago by R. Folkerts
Digging Deep is an inspiring book with a different approach to gardening and design. On e which is refreshing and fun. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carolyn