Although I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting Fran Sorin in person, I’ve known her online via our garden writing community for quite some time now. Back in 2004, she wrote a book called “Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening” — and it turned out to be a groundbreaking work in our industry. Yes, gardening is a wonderful hobby, but Fran so beautifully and wisely shows us how this humble activity can have a profound grounding affect in our lives. So, when she asked me to be a part of the 10th Anniversary Edition Cyber Book Party (with giveaways!) — of course, I was thrilled.
Many of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer a little over 2 years ago, and underwent 2 surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation to rid my body of the disease. Today, I am cancer-free and very thankful that I live in a time when this disease can be treated (if not cured), but the process of healing and recovery has been long and challenging. Cancer hits you in every way it possibly can — physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. While I will never be the same Jenny as I was before my diagnosis, in many ways, I am better — and for that, I give thanks.
Gardening has been a balm for my life while I have been on this journey of healing and reclaimed health — although I’m a landscape designer, the actual act of working in my own garden has proven to be lifesaving for me. Fran’s book speaks to this essence of the garden, and because of that, I feel as though Fran and I are soul sisters (I truly can’t wait to meet her in person).
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary Edition of her beautiful and moving book, Fran and several other garden friends and I are hosting a party on our blogs, starting today, Tuesday, December 2 and ending Monday, December 8th at midnight EST. There are several garden gifts that you can win, and each of the participating bloggers have the same gifts/prizes on their sites, so you have 8 chances to win them!
Now, here’s the skinny:
- During the giveaway time only, Fran is pricing the e-book version of Digging Deep at .99 for our readers. You don’t have to do anything to get this special price; simply click the link and add it to your cart.
- The first prize is an assortment of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – 19 hand picked varieties of veggies and flowers- valued at over $50, along with a 3 pack selection of Authentic Haven Brand Tea. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company carries over 1700 varieties of open pollinated herb, vegetable, and flower seeds (all are non-treated, non-hybrid, non-patented), and Authentic Haven Brand Tea (affectionately called Moo Poo Tea) is a premium soil conditioner that is safe for all gardens, indoor plants and soil types — also made in the USA from cow manure, horse manure and alfalfa.
3. The 2nd prize is 4 planters/containers- (retail $149) from Nature Innovations — these planters are made in the USA out of high density polyurethane and molded from live trees — no actual trees were harmed in the making of these products! I love the organic look — that birch planter is to die for.
1 small 4″ vertical oak planter
1 11″ long horizontal planter
1 medium 8″ vertical birch planter
1 medium 13″ horizontal oak planter
4. All you need to do to be eligible to win on my blog is leave a comment below on how gardening is good for your soul. My winners will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Please be sure to leave contact info so I can get a hold of you in the event that you win! You’d be surprised how many times participants leave only their name, no email, so I am forced to choose another winner. Please don’t let that happen to you!
5. Vist the blogs of my friends and colleagues listed here — the prizes are the same, giving you extra chances to win them!
Dee Nash – Red Dirt Ramblings
Helen Yoest- Gardening With Confidence
Rebecca Sweet- Harmony in the Garden
Brenda Haas- BG Garden
Debra Prinzing- Debra Prinzing
Fran Sorin – Gardening Gone Wild
Jan Johnsen- Serenity in the Garden
I hope you join us in this celebration — it’s not just the celebration of a lovely book, but of lives well lived, health regained, happiness reclaimed and balance restored — all through digging deep and getting grounded in our gardens. Good luck to you all!