Why You Garden

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Sometimes we need others to remind us that much of what we desire is, in fact, possible; all we need to do is dig down into our courage, embrace the unknown, and invite our creative minds out to play. It is then that we can access our infinite possibility and grow into the fullest expression of who we may yet be. Fran Sorin

Your garden mirrors your soul. When your creativity is unfettered, you’re in full bloom. In a state of silent exhilaration. Savoring each moment. coined the phrase ‘peak experience’. calls it ‘flow’. This is where your soul yearns to be.

Our culture may try to brainwash you into believing that ‘garden making’ is solely about creating a ‘beautiful garden’. I’ve challenged that premise for years and have written about it in my book, the 10th Anniversary Edition of  


You garden because you need to make a profound connection with the Earth. It’s your birthright.

A primordial longing to experience and participate in the magic of nature. The deep knowing that ultimately nature is your teacher.

Your guide. You’re a participant. A cog in the wheel. Not in charge. You learn to slow down. And listen to what the land has to tell you.

Sometimes finding balance and harmony. Other times total frustration and cacophony. It’s the Tao. Dark and Light. Ebb and Flow.

You work in the garden relentlessly because you have to. Fingernails clogged up with dirt. Sweat streaming down your face.

It’s here that you feel most comfortable in your skin. At peace. And yet, paradoxically ‘on fire’. Nurturing and being nurtured.

Part of the cosmic consciousness. Participating in ‘sacred play’. Every keen gardener intuitively knows this.

You have a deep seeded vision of what you want your garden to ‘be’. A yearning that is embedded in your unconscious. This is – in part – what propels you forward. Keeps you chipping away. To get to the essence of what’s underneath.

To embrace your soul – your creative fire.

At the end of the day, after you clean up and store tools, you take a few minutes just to be in your garden. It’s in those moments that you feel a penetrating serenity. A state of bliss.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.” Joseph Campbell

Reasons You Garden

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It doesn’t matter where you garden – in the city or suburbs. On a terrace, windowsill, containers. A shared or private garden. It’s the act of gardening that gives you a sense of well being.

It’s getting your hands in the earth that immerses you in feelings of abundance, generosity, kindness, and love.

Gardening is about taking a leap of faith. Letting go of control. Surrendering. And giving your soul permission to dance with the ‘Gods of nature’.

 A few years ago I made a promise to myself. To speak out when someone refers to gardening as an ‘activity’ or ‘past time’. I made a commitment to declare what I think the act of gardening really is. Will you join me in continuing to get the word out?  


, Dr. Joe Dispenza

s, Larry Dossey, M.D.

, Greg McKeown

Janine Benyus

, Brene Brown

, Kenny Ausubel

, Linda Buzzell, Editor

, Martha Beck

, Rick Hanson

Richard Louv

, Bill Plotkin

, John Stilgoe

, Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury

, Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughn

, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Wendell Berry et.al


Inspirational Classics

, Pema Chodron

, John Taylor Gatto

: Erich Fromm

, Stephen Nachmanovitch

, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

, Malcolm Gladwell

, Viktor Frankl

, Abraham Maslow

, Carolyn Myss

, Michael Pollan

, Stephen Mitchell

,  Dalai Lama

, Ralph Waldo Emerson

, Rollo May

, Carl Jung

, Sir Ken Robinson

, Thich Nhat hanh

, Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers

, Deepak Chopra

Sogyal Rinpoche

, Trebbe Johnson, Thomas Moore

, Henry David Thoreau

**Please note: This article was originally published in 2013. I am involved in some intensive research and study projects for the summer so will be recycling some favorite article. Hope you enjoy! Blessings and much love- Fran

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Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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