A flower is an educated weed.
A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.
A garden is a friend you can visit any time.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
A garden is a symbol of man’s arrogance, perverting nature to human ends.
A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting.
A garden is never so good as it will be next year.
A garden is the best alternative therapy.
A garden must combine the poetic and he mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.
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
A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness, luckily sinned himself out of it.
A gardener’s best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.
A good garden may have some weeds.
A life with love must have some thorns, but a life with no love will have no roses.
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 man of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of.
T. H. Everett
A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.
A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
Liberty Hyde Bailey
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
James Russell Lowell
A weed is only a misplaced plant.
All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
All gardening is landscape painting.
All my hurts my garden spade can heal.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the wars of the world, all the Caesars, have not the staying power of a lily in a cottage garden.
All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.
Almost any garden, if you see it at just the right moment, can be confused with paradise.
Always remember the beauty of the garden, for there is peace.
Among gardeners, enthusiasm and experience rarely exist in equal measures.
Roger B. Swain
An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.
Cora Lea Bell
An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.
April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
As a gardener, I’m among those who believe that much of the evidence of God’s existence has been planted.
As the Garden Grows, so does the Gardener.
Bloom where you are planted!
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s.
But each spring… a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.
But if each man could have his own house, a large garden to cultivate and healthy surroundings – then, I thought, there will be for them a better opportunity of a happy family life.
Cares melt when you kneel in your garden.
Compared to gardeners, I think it is generally agreed that others understand very little about anything of consequence.
Cultivate the garden within.
Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise.
Michael P. Garafalo
Do not be afraid to go out on a limb… That’s where the fruit is.
Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees.
Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
Douglas William Jerrold
Earth laughs in flower.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every garden-maker should be an artist along his own lines. That is the only possible way to create a garden, irespective of size or wealth.
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.
Fingers now scented with sage and rosemary, a kneeling gardener is lost in savory memories.
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.
Henry Ward Beecher
Flowers grow in inches, but are destroyed by feet.
Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.
Friends are flowers in life’s garden.
Garden as though you will live forever.
Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than Emperor’s.
Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything – except itself.
Gardening has just sort of grown on me. I find it therapeutic. And I like smelly things.
Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time.
Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.
Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.
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.
Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.
Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
Henry David Thoreau
Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.
Oscar de la Renta
Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription… And with no limit on dosage.
Gardening is not a rational act.
Gardening is something you learn by doing – and by making mistakes, like cooking, gardening is a constant process of experimentation, repeating the successes and throwing out the failures.
Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job.
George Bernard Shaw
Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.
Gardening, like sex and food, lies somewhere between art and nature, being wholly neither but partly both.
Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.
Gardens are a form of autobiography.
Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.
Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.
H. E. Bates
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
God gave us memories that we may have roses in December.
J. M. Barrie
God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.
Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
J. Willard Marriott
Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.
Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.
C. W. Earle
He plants trees to benefit another generation.
He who plants a tree loves others besides himself.
He who plants a tree, plants a hope.
Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
Hoeing in the garden on a bright, soft May day, when you are not obligated to, is nearly equal to the delight of going trouting.
Charles Dudley Warner
How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.
How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
I am fully and intensely aware that plants are conscious of love and respond to it as they do to nothing else.
I am sure that if you plant the trees back again, it will do nothing but good.
I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
Frances Hodgson Burnett
I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.
I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself.
I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.
I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.
I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.
I don’t hold that everybody has to love fashion. Some people like gardening.
I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.
Roland A. Beowne
I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
I garden, therefore I am.
I got a little house in East L.A. and did the gardening. I was doing some acting here and there, doing my own thing… getting back to reality.
I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.
I guess a good gardener always starts as a good weeder.
I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.
I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren’t really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening.
I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens. I can not bear gardening, but I love gardens.
I love a lot of things, and I’m pretty much obsessive about most things I do, whether it be gardening, or architecture, or music. I’d be an obsessive hairdresser.
I love decorating my home. I’m a gardener too, so that’s usually something I have to play catch up with.
I loved to get all dusty and ride horses and plant potatoes and cotton.
I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
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.
I put quite a few trees in last autumn. A lot of silver birch and a couple of native trees – just generally doing gardening, putting plants in and hedges in. It takes quite a lot of time and I love it.
I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself. And I find sufficient purpose for my day.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.
F. Frankfort Moore
I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
If I’m ever reborn, I want to be a gardener – there’s too much to do for one lifetime.
If there was a big gardening convention, and you got up and gave a speech in favor of fast-motion gardening, I bet you would get booed right off the stage. They’re just not ready.
If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.
If you are a garden plant you are regarded; well regarded, just as long as you stay in the garden.
If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.
J. C. Raulston
If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.
If you cross a rambling rose with a pansy, you get a rose that still rambles, but it also skips!
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
If you have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent Van Gogh
If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.
I’m not really a career person. I’m a gardener, basically.
I’m not surfing much anymore, but I love hiking and gardening, and I’m always wearing a hat and sunblock.
I’m pretty good at gardening. It consumes my time, and it feels like I’m doing something constructive.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.
In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.
In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation.
Louise Beebe Wilder
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.
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
In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.
Frank McKinney Hubbard
In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.
In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.
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.
In the garden, my soul is sunshine.
In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
Robert Louis Stevenson
It is a greater act of faith to plant a bulb than to plant a tree.
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.
It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.
Orison Swett Marden
It is not enough for a gardener to love flowers; he must also hate weeds.
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
B. C. Forbes
It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional.
It used to be thought that our love of plants was an impractical but pure passion. But now, in the age of environmental crisis, we’re discovering that gardening is essential to human life.
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
It’s a sign of wisdom that seeds don’t squander their energy all at once, instead calmly waiting until the time is right. Seeds aren’t stupid.
Just because you’ve only got houseplants doesn’t mean you don’t have the gardening spirit – I look upon myself as an indoor gardener.
Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
Laying out grounds may be considered a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting.
Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.
Life is like a rose… More exquisite and precious, When shared with others.
Jane Oechsle Lauer
Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony.
Many talk about a guest worker program. I think most reasonable people believe that a guest worker program in the farming industry, perhaps in the gardening and landscape industries, is reasonable.
Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.
Most people who possess anything like an acre, or half of it, contribute weekly to the support of a gentleman known as Jobbing Gardener. You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest no 1.
C. E. Lucas-Phillips
My favorite hobby is being alone. I like to be alone. I also like dancing, fishing, playing poker sometimes and vegetable gardening – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, I have a big garden every year.
My garden is my favorite teacher.
Betsy Cañas Garmon
My garden will never make me famous, I’m a horticultural ignoramus.
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
My hobbies are cooking and gardening, especially growing orchids. I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea, and I also enjoy tennis. We have 3 cats.
My hobby is gardening, I love it, it’s my main hobby. I like being at home and I’m very happy being in my house, I love cooking.
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.
Nature abhors a garden.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
No garden is without its weeds.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.
Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
George Washington Carver
Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.
Of all the flora and fauna on earth, it is only man that desires or needs rules.
Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof.
Julie Moir Messervy
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
One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
W. E. Johns
One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.
One of the worst mistakes you can make as a gardener is to think you’re in charge.
One who plants a garden, plants happiness.
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing: “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade.
Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.
Plants are like people: they’re all different and a little bit strange.
Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.
Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.
Plants that wake when others sleep. Timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.
Presently we pass to some other object which rounds itself into a whole as did the first; for example, a well-laid garden; and nothing seems worth doing but the laying-out of gardens.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prevention is so much better than healing because it saves the labor of being sick.
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Rock ‘n’ Roll, no roses or gardening.
She (or he!) who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see a plant, believes in God.
Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
So many seeds – so little time.
Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
Take thy plastic spade, It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants, They are thy colours.
The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw
The best things that can come out of the garden are gifts for other people.
The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell someone else where to dig.
Texas Bix Bender
The difference between weeds and flowers is the flowers are the easiest ones to pull out.
The garden is a mirror of the heart.
The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.
The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
The garden that is finished is dead.
H. E. Bates
The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior and the land beyond the garden.
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.
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.
The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.
Dorothy Frances Gurney
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.
The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.
The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.
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.
The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.
The space and light up there in Norfolk is wonderfully peaceful. I find myself doing funny things like gardening, and cooking, which I rarely do in London.
The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.
There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.
Janet Kilburn Phillips
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.
There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.
There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God.
Though an old man I am but a young gardener.
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
Henry David Thoreau
Tickle the earth with a hoe, it will laugh a harvest.
To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.
To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?
To dwell is to garden.
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
Today the art of gardening is practised much more often than any other, in ignorant, impulsive ways, by people who never stop to think that it is an art at all.
M. G. Van Rensselaer
Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.
S. J. Perelman
Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.
Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.
Zora Neale Hurston
Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.
Orson Scott Card
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge.
Thomas A. Edison
Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
Use plants to bring life.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
We had better find a way to grow things in asphalt before we cover the world with it.
Rodger B. Swain
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.
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.
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.
Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.
Dixie Lee Ray
What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden.
Elizabeth von Arnim
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
Charles Dudley Warner
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a weed? I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions. For me, a weed is a plant out of place.
Donald Culross Peattie
What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
When a finished work of 20th century sculpture is placed in an 18th century garden, it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past, thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us.
When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too.
When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
When words escape, flowers speak.
Bruce W. Currie
When you have done your best for a flower, and it fails, you have some reason to be aggrieved.
Where but in a garden do summer hours pass so quickly.
Where flowers bloom so does hope.
Lady Bird Johnson
Where you have a plot of land, however small, plant a garden. Staying close to the soil is good for the soul.
Spencer W. Kimball
Who has learned to garden who did not at the same time learn to be patient.
H. L. V. Fletcher
Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvest reaps.
Amos Bronson Alcott
Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn’t room for any other thought.
Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow.
Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.
Lope de Vega
Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
You do not need to know anything about a plant to know that it is beautiful.
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach that which you can never learn from masters.
Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.