Gardening quotes

 

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

  1. All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
  2. a Chinese proverb
  3. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
  4. a Chinese proverb
  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 God blesses the harvest, there is enough for the thief as well as the gardener.
  8. a Polish proverb
  9. Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
  10. A.A. Milne
  11. What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
  12. A.A. Milne
  13. 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.
  14. Abraham Lincoln
  15. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
  16. Abraham Lincoln
  17. If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.
  18. Alfred Lord Tennyson
  19. To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
  20. Audrey Hepburn
    (submitted by Sue Sedelies)
  21. I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.
  22. Barbra Streisand
  23. How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
  24. Benjamin Disraeli
  25. My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
  26. Claude Monet
  27. Gardening has just sort of grown on me. I find it therapeutic. And I like smelly things.
  28. Clive Anderson
  29. The English may love gardening and fishing, but they have never struck me as being close to nature. Their way of expression is ‘the hollyhocks are awfully good’ sort of thing, all done in very good taste. The savagery of nature is something they don’t dwell upon.
  30. Denholm Elliott
  31. 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.
  32. D. H. Lawrence
  33. 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.
  34. Eric Morecambe
  35. God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
  36. Francis Bacon
  37. The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
  38. George Bernard Shaw
  39. 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.
  40. Georgia O’Keefe
  41. 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.
  42. Helen Mirren
  43. Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.
  44. Helen Mirren
  45. Cooking, decorating, diet/self-help and gardening books are guilty pleasures and useful time fillers.
  46. Hillary Clinton
  47. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
  48. James W. Douglass
  49. Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
  50. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  51. There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp.
  52. John Steinbeck
  53. My life now is just trees. Trees and champagne.
  54. Judi Dench
  55. Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wild flowers.
  56. Lady Bird Johnson
  57. To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
  58. Mahatma Gandhi
  59. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
  60. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  61. Gardening is not a rational act.
  62. Margaret Atwood
  63. Gardening is a humbling experience.
  64. Martha Stewart
  65. To dwell is to garden.
  66. Martin Heidegger
  67. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
  68. Oscar Wilde
  69. 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.
  70. Penelope Keith
  71. Flowers are happy things.
  72. P.G. Wodehouse
  73. To get best results you must talk to your vegetables.
  74. Prince Charles
  75. Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they are tender. They have to be persistent.
  76. Ralph Fiennes
  77. Earth laughs in flowers.
  78. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  79. It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
  80. Robert Louis Stevenson
  81. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
  82. Robert Louis Stevenson
  83. Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’
  84. Robin Williams
  85. Gardens are not made by singing ‘oh, how beautiful’ and sitting in the shade.
  86. Rudyard Kipling
  87. Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
  88. Sigmund Freud
  89. Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
  90. The Koran
  91. The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
  92. Thomas Jefferson
  93. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
  94. Thomas Jefferson
  95. If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
  96. Vincent van Gogh
  97. Until we can comprehend the beguiling beauty of a single flower, we are woefully unable to grasp the meaning and potential of life itself.
  98. Virginia Woolf
  99. I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
  100. Walt Disney
  101. Sweet, sane, still nakedness in nature! Ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more!
  102. Walt Whitman
    in Specimen Days, 1882
  103. 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.
  104. William Blake
  105. Do not spread the compost on the weeds.
  106. William Shakespeare
    (in Hamlet)
  107. The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.
  108. William Wordsworth
  109. Your mind is the garden, your thoughts are the seeds. The harvest can either be flowers or weeds.
  110. William Wordsworth
  111. Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us.
  112. Wolfgang Von Goethe
  113. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
  114. anon

  2 Responses to “Gardening quotes”

  1. I love these quotes. I make all sort of cards, greeting, birthday, etc and would love to use the quotes on garden cards.

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