Synopses & Reviews
In this enchanting volume Diane Dreher, the author of The Tao of Inner Peace, takes gardeners of all levels and anyone seeking a more serene, balanced life on a journey of self-renewal throughout the year. Divided into four parts, Inner Gardening outlines basic seasonal garden tasks and includes dozens of useful tips on mulching, composting, and pest control. It also provides insight into gardening history, showing gardeners how their work echoes centuries of tradition. Complementing these earth techniques are Gardening as Spiritual Practice sections that provide exercises for self-cultivation: planting seeds to achieve dreams; weeding out bad habits; designing a life s garden, and more. As she blends her personal experiences with life-enhancing strategies for garden and gardener alike, Dreher affirms that what is cultivated around us is also cultivated within.
Whether you're a first-time gardener or a veteran, you'll find something to inspire you in this beautifully written book that reveals the myriad ways in which working in a garden can enhance your life and deepen your connection to the world.
Season by season, Diane Dreher leads you through a journey of peace and renewal. A monthly set of gardening tasks helps you plan, design, and care for your garden, along with illuminating details of gardening history, lore, and tradition. But here you'll also find ways to tend your own inner garden: how to plant seeds of ideas and dreams, weed out bad habits, and design new challenges one step at a time.
Brimming with life-enhancing strategies and filled with words of wisdom that will invigorate your spirit, Inner Gardening is a book to treasure and use every day, indoors and out.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -302) and index.
About the Author
Diane Dreher, Ph.D., is the author of The Tao of Inner Peace, The Tao of Womanhood, and The Tao of Personal Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, with credentials in spiritual counseling and holistic health. Diane leads workshops on balance and personal growth nationwide. She teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Santa Clara University and cultivates her garden at home in the San Francisco Bay Area.