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Chicken soup for the gardener's soul : 101 stories to sow seeds of love, hope and laughter
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, FL : Health Communications, 2001.
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381 pages ; 22 cm
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For beginning gardeners and veteran green-thumbs-this uplifting collection of stories is filled with what every gardener knows-gardens fill lives with a special richness because they are a living reminder of the beauty in the world.

Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul celebrates all the magic of gardening-the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating something from nothing; the physical and spiritual renewal the earth provides; and the special moments shared with friends and family only nature can bestow. Written by hobbyists and celebrity gardeners, the stories relate the joys and challenges of gardening, with chapters on Blossoming Friendships, The Family Tree, Love in Bloom, The Seasons of Life, Overcoming Obstacles and Potpourri.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)



The Plum Pretty Sister There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.Elizabeth LawrenceJustin was a climber. By one and a half, he had discovered the purple plum tree in the backyard, and its friendly branches became his favorite hangout. At first he would climb just a few feet and make himself comfortable in the curve where the trunk met the branches. Soon he was building himself a small fort and dragging his toy tractors and trucks up to their new garage. One day when he was two, Justin was playing in the tree as usual. I turned my back to prune the rosebush, and he disappeared. "Justin, where are you?" I hollered. His tiny voice called back, "Up here, Mommy, picking all the plums for you!" When Justin was three, I became pregnant. My husband and I explained to him that we were going to have another baby as a playmate for him. He was very excited, kissed my tummy and said, "Hello, baby, I'm your big brother, Justin." From the beginning he was sure he was going to have a little sister, and every day he'd beg to know if she was ready to play yet. When I explained that the baby wasn't arriving until the end of June, he seemed confused. One day he asked, "When is June, Mommy?" I realized I needed a better explanation; how could a three-year-old know what "June" meant? Just then, as Justin climbed into the low branches of the plum tree, he gave me the answer I was looking for . . . his special tree. "Justin, the baby is going to be born when the plums are ripe. You can keep me posted when that will be, okay?" I wasn't completely sure if I was on target, but the gardener in me was confident I'd be close enough. Oh, he was excited! Now Justin had a way to know when his new baby sister would come to play. From that moment on, he checked the old plum tree several times a day and reported his findings to me. Of course, he was quite concerned in November when all the leaves fell off the tree. By January, with the cold and the rains, he was truly worried whether his baby would be cold and wet like his tree. He whispered to my tummy that the tree was strong and that she (the baby) had to be strong too, and make it through the winter. By February a few purple leaves began to shoot forth, and his excitement couldn't be contained. "My tree is growing, Mommy! Pretty soon she'll have baby plums, and then I'll have my baby sister." March brought the plum's beautiful tiny white flowers, and Justin was overjoyed. "She's b'ooming, Mommy!" he chattered, struggling with the word "blooming." He rushed to kiss my tummy and got kicked in the mouth. "The baby's moving, Mommy, she's b'ooming, too. I think she wants to come out and see the flowers." So it went for the next couple of months, as Justin checked every detail of his precious plum tree and reported to me about the flowers turning to tiny beads that would become plums. The Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul: 101 Stories to Sow Seeds of Love, Hope and Laughter by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marion Owen, Cindy Buck, Carol Sturgulewski, Pat Stone, Cynthia Brian, Jack Canfield All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Nicolle WoodwardTom R. KovachJonita MullinsCarol SturgulewskiDan BarkerBeth PollackLucy B. RichardsonJames P. GlaserJean LittleMarion Bond WestStephanie Welcher BuckleyValerie WilcoxGeorgia A. HubleyPeter GuttmacherErica SandersViAnn MeyerDick DeVosDonna Gundle-KriegReverend Max CootsArlene West HouseCindy BuckMarcia E. BrownDoris MeyerLinda O'ConnellJenny Gore DwyerDiane C. DanielsJoanne BryanBernice BywaterCarol McAdoo RehmeMartine CaselliJanice HasseliusJill LaBoyEmily KingGary CarterGeorge M. FlynnMeredith HodgesAdam KhanJaynell GraysonErica SandersAnirban GuptaSusan AntlerPamela WatermanSheila StroupLaura Esserman, M.D.Carol SturgulewskiJeff LowenfelsLon J. RomboughSkye TrimbleCarol SturgulewskiNita WaxelmanCynthia BrianStuart C. VincentJay O'CallahanDavid Clinton MatzChristie CraigApril Pulley SayreJean Jeffrey GietzenErma BombeckBertha M. SutliffJames A. MichenerClaire BeynonJane EppingaPaula L. SiliciJoan Wester AndersonGeorge M. FlynnRayne WolfeJames A. KisnerMaggie StuckeyahansenUrsel RabeneckMarion OwenCarin Klabbers-OuwensLee PatonCarol McAdoo RehmeAnn Pehl ThomsonMary Harrison HartMaureen HeffernanNelson MandelaBernie Siegel, M.D.Dyann AndersenHillary NelsonLinda Jin ZouEdie CuttlerMolly Bruce JacobsPat StoneKen WeberPaula L. SiliciRuth SzukalowskiLee MayMarilyn Diephuis SweeneyKelly E. RenoDebbie FarmerJeanne HillCharles KuraltMargarita EngleEarl NightingaleSusan Gilman KingSherri AndervichMarcia E. BrownAmanda DodsonJaroldeen Edwards
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xxi
Share with Usp. xxiii
1. The Joy Of Gardening
Love and Daffodils Foreverp. 2
The Garden Guardp. 6
To Own Something Beautifulp. 9
The Wedding Giftp. 12
Blossiep. 14
Planting Dayp. 19
Street Smartsp. 23
A Veteran's Gardenp. 25
Gardening in Our Bloodp. 28
Butter Beans and Bulldogsp. 30
Ladies of the Garden Clubp. 35
I'll Plant Anythingp. 39
The Rose Babiesp. 42
Of Moose and Menp. 45
A Garden Is to Growp. 49
The $100,000 Stray Catp. 54
2. Blossoming Friendships
As Thyselfp. 59
Ruby's Rosesp. 64
Garden Meditationsp. 68
An American Beautyp. 70
The World's Largest Rose Treep. 74
The Man Who Lived in a Boxp. 77
The Tulip Traditionp. 81
The Golden Girlsp. 84
Madeleine's Wheelbarrowp. 88
3. Love In Bloom
Twins Entwinedp. 92
Accidental Blessingsp. 97
First Pennyp. 100
Keeping the Harvestp. 103
Say It with ... a Rhododendronp. 106
Girls Like Rosesp. 109
Romeo Sets the Stagep. 113
Unspoken Lovep. 115
Tall Cornp. 117
The Best of Wivesp. 120
4. Making A Difference
Pop's Farmp. 124
Just Keep Plantingp. 127
Food from the 'Hoodp. 132
Angel of Mercyp. 136
Calcutta Neighborsp. 139
To Diana with Love, from Canadap. 144
The Loveliest of Giftsp. 149
The Kids on the Pointp. 153
A Healing Placep. 157
A Room Full of Rosesp. 160
A Row for the Hungryp. 164
The Timely Letterp. 167
A Million Treesp. 170
An Angel in Shirtsleevesp. 175
5. Little Sprouts
Iva Mae's Birthdayp. 181
The Plum Pretty Sisterp. 185
Luther Burbank and the Disappearing Raspberriesp. 189
Brianp. 192
Gone Fishin'p. 193
A Garden So Richp. 195
The Sock Gardenp. 199
My Mother's Curep. 202
6. The Seasons Of Life
Mike and the Grassp. 208
God's Mountain Gardenp. 210
Rusty Nailsp. 214
Flowers for a Newborn Childp. 217
The Day the Lilies Bloomedp. 220
The Bubbup Bushp. 223
A Hug from Heavenp. 228
Robbie's Missionp. 231
A Garden for Fourp. 234
Roses for Rosep. 237
Buddiesp. 241
A Lesson in Lovep. 243
Garden Crimep. 246
Yellow Irisesp. 248
7. Overcoming Obstacles
Black Tulipsp. 254
Downwind from Flowersp. 259
Of War and Rosesp. 263
The Next Best Thingp. 265
Tough Lovep. 266
A Tree House for Everyonep. 271
Mandela's Gardenp. 274
You Forgot Somethingp. 277
Lean Timesp. 281
Hummingbirds in Hell's Kitchenp. 284
Sunflowers in Beijingp. 287
8. The Family Tree
The Burning of the Leavesp. 292
The Perfect Gardenp. 296
A Bedside Storyp. 300
Lilacs for Mother's Dayp. 303
Nona's Gardenp. 306
My Money Treep. 310
A Son's Harvestp. 312
Honest Mikep. 315
A Couple of Cactip. 318
Prayer of a Gardening Motherp. 322
Let's Go Thump a Melonp. 324
9. Potpourri
The Christmas Treep. 330
Buried Treasurep. 332
The Farmer and the Preacherp. 335
A Hard Act to Followp. 337
The Wreathp. 340
A Few Strings Attachedp. 343
A Gift of Gracep. 345
One at a Timep. 349
More Chicken Soup?p. 353
More Garden Stories?p. 354
Helping Gardeners Help Othersp. 355
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 358
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 359
Who Is Cynthia Brian?p. 360
Who Is Cindy Buck?p. 361
Who Is Marion Owen?p. 362
Who Is Pat Stone?p. 363
Who Is Carol Sturgulewski?p. 364
Contributorsp. 365
Permissions (continued)p. 377