Gardening quotes

 

Each month, a gardening-related quote is added to this page.

  1. There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp.
  2. John Steinbeck
  3. Cooking, decorating, diet/self-help and gardening books are guilty pleasures and useful time fillers.
  4. Hillary Clinton
  5. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
  6. a Greek proverb
  7. When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
  8. Georgia O’Keefe
  9. It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
  10. Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. Gardens are not made by singing ‘oh, how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade.
  12. Rudyard Kipling
  13. I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
  14. Penelope Keith
  15. Earth laughs in flowers.
  16. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
  18. Claude Monet
  19. Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they are tender. They have to be persistent.
  20. Ralph Fiennes
  21. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
  22. anon
  23. 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.
  24. D. H. Lawrence
  25. The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
  26. Thomas Jefferson
  27. Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
  28. The Koran
  29. God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
  30. Francis Bacon
  31. Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.
  32. Helen Mirren
  33. Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
  34. A.A. Milne
  35. How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
  36. Benjamin Disraeli
  37. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
  38. A Chinese proverb
  39. To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
  40. Mahatma Gandhi
  41. Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
  42. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  43. 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.
  44. William Blake
  45. Gardening is not a rational act.
  46. Margaret Atwood
  47. All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
  48. A Chinese proverb
  49. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
  50. Abraham Lincoln
  51. Sweet, sane, still nakedness in nature! Ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more!
  52. Walt Whitman
    in Specimen Days, 1882
  53. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
  54. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  55. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
  56. Thomas Jefferson
  57. My life now is just trees. Trees and champagne.
  58. Judi Dench
  59. Gardening has just sort of grown on me. I find it therapeutic. And I like smelly things.
  60. Clive Anderson
  61. The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
  62. George Bernard Shaw
  63. I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.
  64. Barbra Streisand
  65. Do not spread the compost on the weeds.
  66. William Shakespeare
    (in Hamlet)
  67. I think we all have a dream of what it would be like not to work and grow heirloom tomatoes, and I do have that dream. It would be lovely. I do love gardening and all of that, but I also love my work.
  68. Helen Mirren
  69. 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.
  70. Eric Morecambe
  71. To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
  72. Audrey Hepburn
    (submitted by Sue Sedelies)

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