Fran Sorin

Gardening, Joy, and Gratitude

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“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”  David Steindl- Rast For a lot of folks, gardening is a pleasurable hobby that relieves stress. It’s an activity where you can be both productive and bring beauty into the world. But I’m curious to know,[...]

13 New Rules for City Gardening

18 Century Philadelphia Garden

I’ve been devouring the spring blooms in Philadelphia over the past 2 weeks. As I take my daily morning walk, I’m amazed at the simple beauty of the plantings in both personal and public spaces. When walking down a city street, window boxes, container plantings, trees judiciously positioned, and pots strategically placed on the steps[...]

Silence

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Last year, I drove from my home in Benicia, California, to the White Mountains on the California/Nevada border. Ostensibly this was a pilgrimage of sorts. A journey to see the Bristlecone Pines, one of, if not the oldest, living things on this planet. Botanically it was a fascinating trip and I recorded some of my[...]

Garden For Life! Right-Sizing Flower Gardens

Right-Size Flower Gardens

I will be the first to admit it (but I’m not alone!) that I’ve become a slave to my gardens. For years I added gardens to the landscape. There was always room for just one more plant, right? But I started noticing the joy I used to feel when puttering in my gardens had started[...]

12 Tips on How To Use Color In The Garden

Color In the Gardene

There are several elements that make up a well thought out landscape: they include structure, shape, texture, scent, and movement. But for the majority of us home gardeners, the first element we take into consideration when designing our own personal paradise is color. Thanks to renowned garden authors like Penelope Hobhouse, who wrote Color In[...]