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

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 1843-1932

There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight. – Gertrude Jekyll

Gardening is always more or less a warfare against nature. It is true we go over to the ‘other side’ for a few hints, but we might as well abandon our spades and pitchforks as pretend that nature is everything and art nothing.  – James Shirley Hibberd, journalist and gardener, 1825-90.

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Gardening is ultimately a folly whose goal is to provide delight.  Deborah Needleman

Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience. Marina Schinz

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas. Elizabeth Murray

Gardening is a labour full of tranquility and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity. John Evelyn, 1666

A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith,the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise. Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener, 1962

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

Gardening is any way that humans and nature come together with the intent of creating beauty.  Tina James, 1999

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I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. H. Fred Dale (Thanks, Anne)

Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson

Observation. — Nevertheless, what a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.  Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, “What I Know about Gardening: Third Week,” 1870

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. Author Unknown

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. Mirabel Osler

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. Author Unknown

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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

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

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

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

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

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too. William Cowper

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln

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To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi

Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson, cartoonist and illustrator 1913-1990

I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars. Charles Darwin

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get. Mark Twain

Nothing is more the child of art than a garden. Sir Walter Scott

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. Robert Louis Stevenson

A garden is a symbol of man’s arrogance, perverting nature to human ends … – Tim Smit, in ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’

There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals.  John Ruskin, 1851

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In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.  Robert Brault

Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them.  Victoria Glendinning

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932

In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. Sam Llewelyn

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. Hanna Rion

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  Abram L. Urban

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.  Marcelene Cox

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I love decorating my home. I’m a gardener too, so that’s usually something I have to play catch up with. Suzy Bogguss

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

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

Sometimes, as is the case of peach and plum trees, which are often dwarfed, the plants are thrown into a flowering states, and then, as they flower freely year after year, they have little inclination to make vigorous growth. Robert Fortune

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

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

No one will understand a Japanese garden until you’ve walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there’s no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience. J. Carter Brown

He plants trees to benefit another generation. Caecilius Statius

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

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Who has learned to garden who did not at the same time learn to be patient?  H.L.V. Fletcher, 1949

To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this? – John Beverley Nichols, 1898-1983, author, playwright, journalist.
beauty is a by-product, …. The main business of gardens is sex and death.  Sam Llewellyn, author and journalist, in ‘The Sea Garden’

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God.  Thomas Jefferson

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.  Thomas Jefferson

Though an old man, I am but a young gardener. Thomas Jefferson

How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. Benjamin Disraeli

What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner, 1829–1900, American essayist and novelist in ‘My Summer in a Garden’

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Abraham Lincoln

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. Vita Sackville-West, poet and novelist, 1892-1962

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God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. Author Unknown



I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.  Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse

Don’t wear perfume in the garden — unless you want to be pollinated by bees. Anne Raver

Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots. Author Unknown

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. Robert Louis Stevenson

Gardens are a form of autobiography. Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  Lindley Karstens

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
Robert Bridges, “Testament of Beauty”

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.  Mahatma Gandhi

Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden. Orson Scott Card

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It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. James Douglas

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

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

My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide: a microcosm of a just and beautiful society. Andrew Weil

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia. Barbra Streisand

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

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

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. Michael Pollan

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The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.  Vita Sackville-West

Won’t you come into the garden, I would like my roses to see you. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) said to his future wife Elizabeth inferring that she was more beautiful.

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.  Janet Kilburn Phillips

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare

Earth laughs in flower. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.  Luther Burbank, botanist 1849–1926

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.  Francis Bacon

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. Claude Monet

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. May Sarton, novelist and poet, 1912-1995.

A garden is never so good as it will be next year.  Thomas Cooper

The garden that is finished is dead.  H. E. Bates

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You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. Author Unknown

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. Aldo Leopold

I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit. Reginald Farrer, In a Yorkshire Garden, 1909

On every stem, on every leaf,… and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897 (Thanks, Jessica)

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. Hugh Johnson

It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season. Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

We think that diamonds are very important, gold is very important, all these minerals are very important. We call them precious minerals, but they are all forms of the soil. But that part of this mineral that is on top, like it is the skin of the earth, that is the most precious of the commons. Wangari Maathai (1940–2011), Dirt! The Movie, 2009

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. Abraham Lincoln

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Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. H.E. Bates, i ‘A Love of Flowers’

We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike. Evelyn Underhill, theologian and mystic 1875-1941

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. W.E. Johns, creator of ‘Biggles’, 1893-1968, in ‘The Passing Show’, 1937

My garden will never make me famous, I’m a horticultural ignoramus.  Ogden Nash, whimsical poet, 1902-1971

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. Frank Lloyd Wright, architect 1868-1959

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  Marcel Proust

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950 in The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden. John Erskine, educator and author 1879-1951

If I’m ever reborn, I want to be a gardener – there’s too much to do for one lifetime! Karl Foerster, plant breeder and writer, 1874-1970

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

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 man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. D. Elton Trueblood

A weed is but an unloved flower. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

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

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. May Sarton

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

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.  Frank McKinney Hubbard

It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional. Robert Brault

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. Walt Whitman

Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flowerbeds with edibles. Greg Peterson, My Ordinary Extraordinary Yard: The Story of the Urban Farm, 2009

In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels. Dodinsky

Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another. Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces, 1977

Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers


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