Gardening quotes

 

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

  1. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
  2. a Greek proverb
  3. 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.
  4. Georgia O’Keefe
  5. It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
  6. Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. Gardens are not made by singing ‘oh, how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade.
  8. Rudyard Kipling
  9. 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.
  10. Penelope Keith
  11. Earth laughs in flowers.
  12. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
  14. Claude Monet
  15. Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they are tender. They have to be persistent.
  16. Ralph Fiennes
  17. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
  18. anon
  19. 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.
  20. D. H. Lawrence
  21. The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
  22. Thomas Jefferson
  23. Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
  24. The Koran
  25. God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
  26. Francis Bacon
  27. Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.
  28. Helen Mirren
  29. Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
  30. A.A. Milne
  31. How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
  32. Benjamin Disraeli
  33. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
  34. A Chinese proverb
  35. To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
  36. Mahatma Gandhi
  37. Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
  38. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  39. 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.
  40. William Blake
  41. Gardening is not a rational act.
  42. Margaret Atwood
  43. All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
  44. A Chinese proverb
  45. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
  46. Abraham Lincoln
  47. Sweet, sane, still nakedness in nature! Ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more!
  48. Walt Whitman
    in Specimen Days, 1882
  49. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
  50. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  51. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
  52. Thomas Jefferson
  53. My life now is just trees. Trees and champagne.
  54. Judi Dench
  55. Gardening has just sort of grown on me. I find it therapeutic. And I like smelly things.
  56. Clive Anderson
  57. The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
  58. George Bernard Shaw
  59. I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.
  60. Barbra Streisand
  61. Do not spread the compost on the weeds.
  62. William Shakespeare
    (in Hamlet)
  63. 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.
  64. Helen Mirren
  65. 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.
  66. Eric Morecambe
  67. To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
  68. Audrey Hepburn
    (submitted by Sue Sedelies)

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