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Wednesday
Feb182009

Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening; Book Review for Bookpleasures.com

Digging Deep: unearthing your creative roots through gardening  Fran Sorin, Braided Worlds.        

With a background in landscape design, psychology and communications, the author has built a successful career assisting clients to visualize their garden needs. On occasion, this has turned out to be a challenge because several of her clients thought themselves to be uncreative. Consequently, they would express helplessness in articulating a personal vision for their garden. The author disagrees. Believing that creativity is stored in all of us, she uses her understanding of human nature to help her clients and readers recognize their inner selves. Ultimately, the results produce gardens that meet both deep-seated needs and requirements for outdoor living.

The planning, execution and care of a garden all unfold in a seven step process, utilizing the concepts of Imagining, Envisioning, Planning, Planting, Tending, Enjoying and Completing. Each concept is explained and elaborated in detail and is reinforced with examples from the author’s experiences with her clients. In addition, she quotes liberally from accomplished professionals who not only understand their own creative processes but who are also sufficiently eloquent to share those experiences with us.

Ostensibly, a how-to book, the advice and instructions are amplified through numerous anecdotal narratives, which in turn are enriched with a wealth of side stories. Fundamental advice on the basics of gardening is also included so that when readers are prepared to convert their vision into a reality, the necessary tools and skills will be at hand.

There is a creative process that begins with a vague notion of a garden in our mind and ends with an actual one in our back yard. Everything we need to know about realizing that goal is woven seamlessly into this publication. With the help of the author, developing a garden is a satisfying journey to discover our own creative potential. Seasoned gardeners will easily recognize themselves in this book and will be delighted by the affirmation it brings them. Novice gardeners will be inspired.

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