Gardening Quotes, Sayings about Gardens

The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

By plucking her petals, You do not gather the beauty of the flower.
Rabindranath Tagore

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

A gardener is a person who believes in tomorrow.

Submitted by: The Organic Boy on January 19, 2013

Gardens are not made by singing “Oh, how beautiful,” and sitting in the shade.
– Rudyard Kipling

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
– Audrey Hepburn

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.
– David Hobson


Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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

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

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

You need patience to be a good gardener. If you don’t have patience, and you stick with gardening, it will teach you patience.”
– Bill Turull Jr.

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

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Submitted by: DAVE COLSON on July 24, 2013

A person who thinks tomatoes grow on trees has in fact never been to a garden once.

Submitted by: Patrick S. Michael on November 27, 2012

Gardening is the work of a lifetime: you never finish.
– Oscar De La Renta

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

We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.
– Jenny Uglow

Life begins the day you start a garden.
– Chinese proverb

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

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
– Francis Bacon

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

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

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.
– Alfred Austin

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.


The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.
– Michael Pollan

Garden as though you will live forever.
– William Kent

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.
– Zora Neale Hurston

Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time.
– Katrina Mayer

Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.
Robert Brault

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