Gardening Quotes

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.-Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.-Alfred Austin

 

 

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.-Pablo Neruda

 

 

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.-Luther Burbank

 

 

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.-Liberty Hyde Bailey

 

 

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. – Margaret Atwood

 

 

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.-Gertrude Jekyll

 

 

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.-Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

 

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.-William Blake

 

When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.-Ramakrishna

 

 

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.-B. C. Forbes

 

 

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.-George Eliot

 

 

 

In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.-Alice Walker

 

 

 

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.-Georges Bernanos

 

 

Use plants to bring life.-Douglas Wilson

 

 

 

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. – Dogen

 

 

I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.-Alice Sebold

 

 

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?-Douglas Adams

 

 

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.-A. A. Milne

 

 

We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.-Voltaire

 

 

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.-D. H. Lawrence

 

 

Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.-Oscar de la Renta

 

 

I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.-C. Z. Guest

 

 

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.-Roberto Burle Marx

 

All gardening is landscape painting.-William Kent

 

If a tree dies, plant another in its place. – Carolus Linnaeus

 

 

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!-Sitting Bull

 

You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.-Bootsy Collins

 

 

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.-Robert Bridges

 

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.-Rudyard Kipling

 

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.-Michael Pollan

 

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.-Daniel Webster

 

 

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.-Michael Pollan

 

The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.-Luther Burbank

 

 

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.-Alfred Austin

 

 

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. – Gertrude Jekyll

 

 

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.-Francis Bacon

 

 

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.-Ina Garten

 

 

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.-Sigmund Freud

 

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.-George Bernard Shaw

 

One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one’s horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?-Francis Cabot Lowell

 

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?-Wendell Berry

 

 

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.-Doug Larson

 

 

If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.-John Harrison

 

 

Flowers are happy things. – P. G. Wodehouse

 

 

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.-May Sarton

 

 

I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.-Martha Smith

 

 

I enjoy painting, cutting the lawn and working in the garden when I have time. That’s therapy for me. I enjoy working with my hands.-Billy Williams

 

A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.-Letitia Elizabeth Landon

 

 

Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they’re tender. They have to be persistent.-Ralph Fiennes

 

 

From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.-Thomas Moore

 

 

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.-Joseph Addison

 

 

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.-Zora Neale Hurston

 

 

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn’t take it out of my garden.-Eric Morecambe

 

 

A good garden may have some weeds. – Thomas Fuller

 

 

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.-William Wordsworth

 

If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.-Bill Watterson

 

Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.-Peter Zumthor

 

He plants trees to benefit another generation.-Caecilius Statius

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