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“Hall skillfully writes with the style of ladies who lunch. Her writing is a joy to read: elegant, fun, and definitely unique.” ~Dig-It Magazine
“…a fascinating read. I highly recommend this book!”
Bob Tanem, “In the Garden with Bob Tanem”, KSFO, San Francisco
“a meaty book, one that asks you to evaluate yourself over and over again.” Examiner.com
Following is a review that appeared in the August 2012 issue of the Master Gardener newsletter at University of California at Davis.
A garden is much more than a place of beauty and delight. It is an oasis for one’s spirit and a workshop for one’s soul. Tending and caring for plants opens one up to daily encounters with the primal forces of life and death. Kathryn Hall is a diligent and creative book publicist whose motto has been: “Changing the world one book at a time.” What we didn’t know is that she is also known worldwide for her successful gardening blog www.PlantWhateverBringsYouJoy.com. In this paperback of the same title, Hall has come up with 52 insights from her quarter century of gardening — illuminating the human adventure. Personal anecdotes lead to portable wisdom that can spur the reader to transformation. Or to put it another way, Hall’s inspirational stories are meant to get us to tend to our personal gardens of life.
Here are a few of the gems in the 52 insights:
• “Remember that all seeds have their own rate of return.”
• “Leave wild, undisturbed corners in your garden.”
• “Bring gentleness and gratitude to your harvesting.”
• “Recognize when a plant’s life is spent and be willing to let it go.”
• “Prune rigorously with faith new life will return.”
• “Cultivate plants which attract lovely company.”
Hall uses the enduring metaphor of the garden to probe the process of bringing our dreams to fruition, leaving spaces in our days for mysteries and surprises, daring to bask in the light, choosing growth over holding ourselves back, refusing to be attached to outcomes, extending thanks to those who encourage and support us, having the courage and patience to live by our own precepts, and sharing the blessings and bounties of our days with others.
–Spirituality & Practice, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
“…a fine collection of connections to life and gardening make Plant Whatever Brings You Joy a remarkable and riveting read.” –Midwest Book Review
“Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is an invaluable resource for understanding ‘the garden’ as a source of healing, growth, solace, joy, wisdom and inspiration. This s a spiritually uplifting and wise book!”
–Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life
“…as luscious as a peony in full bloom. Thank you for walking me in the garden of your heart.” –Dawna Markova, Ph.D., author of I Will Not Die an Unlived Life and co-author of Random Acts of Kindness
Kathryn, we attended your book signing at Reader’s Books in Sonoma on Saturday. Not only did I enjoy that most beautiful day, but “Plant Whatever Brings You Joy” is now a part of the very special books that sit on my bedside table…awaiting me each day & night. What absolute delicious treats your lovely, insightful words, stories, experiences, musings are…!
I’ve now just discovered your blog…talk about a Treasure Trove! Thank you!
“Plant Whatever Brings You Joy comes from years of early morning gardening, gathering impressions of what the natural world has to offer and sharing wisdom in a fine survey of lessons learned from gardening. From cleaning up after a storm to resisting the idea of planting more than can be cared for this links gardening to life goals and philosophy and is packed with wonderful insights perfect for gardening and new age libraries alike!”
“I’m a great admirer of [Kathryn's] blog, Plant Whatever Brings You Joy, http://plantwhatever bringsyoujoy.com, and visit it often. And I admire her even more after reading a copy of the book she wrote, Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. It is not a book about gardening; it is a book written for spiritual people about how gardening can inspire and teach wisdom. Kathryn has taken 52 metaphors from the garden and used them as seeds for her life stories. And what an active and varied life she has lived! … I am amazed how much HER reverence impressed me – her unwavering reverence toward life and growth, both in gardens and the realm of spirit and understanding.
One of the things I like best about this book is how Kathryn doesn’t give answers, but instead ends each story with questions designed to provoke thinking and self-examination. For instance, the essay titled ‘Invest in Trees’ vividly tells the story of how she created a living Halloween tree for her adult daughter during an October visit. After the story, she asks us to consider the proverbial trees in our life, the traditions that have long and deep roots. She asks the reader, ‘What are the trees of your life that lend substance, courage, strength, rootedness, and meaning?’ ”
–The Gardeners’ Club, Santa Cruz, CA
Kathryn serving as Celebrity Judge, American Rhododendron Society Show
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