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230 Gardening Quotes That Show the Beauty of Nature

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1. “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

2. “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 

3. “I grow plants for many reasons—to please my eye or to please my soul, to the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly, for the joy in seeing them grow.” – David Hobson

4. “The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

6. “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.” –

7. “The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” – George Bernard Shaw

8. “You have to get up, and plant the seed, and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.” – Bootsy Collins

9. “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

10. “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

11. “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” – W.E. Johns

12. “There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.” – Alfred Austin

13. “If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.” – Russell Page

14. “It is easier to tell a person what life is not, rather than to tell them what it is. A child understands weeds that grow from lack of attention, in a garden. However, it is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.” – Shannon L. Alder

15. “If you have a garden in your library, everything will be complete.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

16. “Plant, and your spouse plants with you. Weed, and you weed alone.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

17. “Gardens are not made by singing, ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” –

18. “The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan 

19. “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” – Douglas Adams 

20. “Life begins the day you start a garden.” – Chinese Proverb

21. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet

22. “All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” – Chinese Proverb

23. “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin

24. “He plants trees to benefit another generation.” – Caecilius Statius

25. “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn.” – B. C. Forbes

26. “Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything—except itself.” – May Sarton

27. “Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.” – Helen Mirren

28. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

29. “The biggest obstacle to good gardening is the desire to know the answers and not the questions.” – Monty Don

30. “I like gardening. It’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” – Alice Sebold

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

32. “When the world wears out and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” – Minnie Aumonier

33. “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

34. “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” – Robert Brault

35. “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claire Joyes

36. “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran

37. “A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.” – Dogen

38. “I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.” – C. Z. Guest

39. “Farming is a profession of hope.” – Brian Brett

40. “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama

41. “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

42. “Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.” – Diane von Furstenberg

43. “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

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

45. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb

46. “It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more trees.” – George Eliot

47. “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

48. “Everyone wants instant everything, and they want instant success, but I always think you should treat things in the arts like a garden, and let them grow.” – Penelope Keith

49. “Gardening requires lots of water—most of it in the form of perspiration.” – Lou Erickson

50. “The more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.” – W. H. Davies

51. “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” – Carl Linnaeus

52. “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.” – George Cadbury

53. “The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” – Wendell Berry

54. “Life’s a garden, dig it.” –

55. “Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit who know that without darkness, nothing comes to birth, and without light, nothing flowers.” – May Sarton

56. “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” – May Sarton

57. “Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” – Anonymous

58. “Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent

59. “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.” – Penelope Keith

60. “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

61. “Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” – Daniel Webster

62. “Use plants to bring life.” – Douglas Wilson

63. “Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.” – Jean Anouilh

64. “Earth laughs in flowers.” –

65. “It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em. When I ponder on them seeds I don’t find it nowise hard to believe that we’ve got souls that’ll live in other worlds. You couldn’t hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn’t seen the miracle, could you?” – Captain Jim

66. “People are increasingly realising that what they eat is important. You can’t put junk food in your body and be healthy. All sorts of problems can develop—like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, strokes. Gardening not only helps with exercise and mental health, but it can improve diet as well.” – Monty Don

67. “Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.” – Allan Armitage

68. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful. They are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

69. “I always see gardening as escape, as peace really. If you are angry or troubled, nothing provides the same solace as nurturing the soil.” – Monty Don

70. “Little things senem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless, but all together perfume the air. .” – Georges Bernanos

71. “There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.” – Ken Kesey

72. “The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” – Hanna Rion

73. “In almost every garden, the land is made better, and so is the gardener.” – Robert Rodale

74. “Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.” – Wendell Berry

75. “I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.” – Robert Breault

76. “Gardening is a working meditation for me. It helps me remember processes, and it helps me remember patience.” – Lizz Wright

77. “There’s something about beautiful moments in sports that alters our experience of time. And I’d say the same thing about poetry and gardening. Gardening slows me down. I want to stop and observe everything.” – Ross Gay

78. “We know that gardening is good for you. It is fantastic, all-round exercise that is easy to see and evaluate. It inculcates high levels of well-being that are undeniable and needs little measurement.” – Monty Don

79. “Gardening does so much for your brain. You’re learning how a process works, and how important it is to do everything right so that you can eventually enjoy a tomato three months later. I’ve always been patient, but gardening really helps you with that.” – Marc Gasol

80. “There is a direct correlation between gardening and mental health, not just to maintain good mental health but to repair it as well—that’s anything in the gamut from depression to serious brain damage, schizophrenia, or autism.” – Monty Don

81. “In the world at large, people are rewarded or punished in ways that are often utterly random. In the garden, cause and effect, labor and reward, are re-coupled. Gardening makes sense in a senseless world. By extension, then, the more gardens in the world, the more justice, the more sense is created.” – Andrew Weil

82. “Gardening is a humbling experience.” – Martha Stewart

83. “To dwell is to garden.” – Martin Heidegger

84. “The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior and the land beyond the garden.” – Stephen Gardiner

85. “Gardens are a form of autobiography.” – Sydney Eddison

86. “Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” – Mrs. C.W. Earle

87. “A garden always has a point.” – Elizabeth Hoyt

88. “My garden is my favorite teacher.” – Betsy Cañas Garmon

89. “The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.” – German Proverb

90. “A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” – Luis Barragan

91. “Gardening is not a rational act.” – Margaret Atwood

92. “Gardening is inevitably a process of constant, remorseless change. It is the constancy of that process that is so comforting, not any fixed moment.” – Monty Don

93. “Gardening is not trivial. If you believe that it is, closely examine why you feel that way. You may discover that this attitude has been forced upon you by mass media and the crass culture it creates and maintains. The fact is, gardening is just the opposite—it is, or should be, a central, basic expression of human life.” – Andrew Weil

94. “Cell culture is a little like gardening. You sit and you look at cells, and then you see something and say, ‘You know, that doesn’t look right.’” – Siddhartha Mukherjee

95. “My extravagance is my garden—it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.” – Ina Garten

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

97. “It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

98. “Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” – Oscar de la Renta

99. “I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.” – Barbra Streisand

100. “How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.” – Alexander Smith

101. “No one will understand a Japanese garden until you’ve walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now, there’s no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience.” – J. Carter Brown

102. “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.” – Marcelene Cox

103. “Gardening is one of my enduring, favourite, and most rewarding pastimes.” – Jane Hawking

104. “Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” – Sigmund Freud

105. “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.” – Lindley Karstens

106. “The most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens.” – Lillie Langtry

107. “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.” – Mirabel Osler

108. “There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp.” – John Steinbeck

109. “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

110. “I think this is what hooks one to gardening—it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.” – Phyllis Theroux

111. “I don’t like formal gardens, I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.” –

112. “Despite the gardener’s best intentions, nature will improvise.” – Michael P. Garofalo

113. “Let nature be in your yard.” – Michael P. Garofalo

114. “There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer’s day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air.” – Peter Mayle

115. “We are extremely uncomfortable with the spiritual aspects of gardening, and yet, most people feel it in some form or other, even if it’s a sense of connection to the greater world on a beautiful day.” – Monty Don

116. “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

117. “It is a good idea 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.” – James Douglas

118. “I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” – Robert Bridges

119. “By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

120. “My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide—a microcosm of a just and beautiful society.” – Andrew Weil

121. “Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings—sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.” – Peter Zumthor

122. “Well, I do find the beauty in animals. I find beauty everywhere. I find beauty in my garden.” – Doris Day

123. “A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant—rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance—but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.” – Roberto Burle Marx

124. “Almost every person from childhood has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers.” – Lady Bird Johnson

125. “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

126. “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” – Anonymous

127. “Don’t wear perfume in the garden—unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

128. “Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” – AnonymousHurston

129. “A vegetable garden, in the beginning, looks so promising, and then, after all, little by little, it grows nothing but vegetables. Nothing, nothing but vegetables.” – Gertrude Stein

130. “In every gardener, there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.” – Robert Breault

131. “I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” – Joseph Addison

132. “Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.” – Anonymous

133. “Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?” – Betsy Cañas Garmon

134. “I know the pleasure of pulling up root vegetables. They are solvable mysteries.” – Novella Carpenter

135. “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm—one is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” – Aldo Leopold

136. “If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” – Bill Watterson

137. “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.” – Eric Morecambe

138. “Gardening gloves are for sissies. I always have dirt under my nails.” – Hilarie Burton

139. “Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history.” – David Chang

140. “Software is like gardening—one day, I’ll go behind the shed and clean up. But if nobody ever goes there, does it matter a lot?” – Mike Krieger

141. “I love being in my garden. I don’t plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour.” – Jacqueline Bisset

142. “I also like to garden. I grow things—vegetables, flowers. I particularly like orchids. I raise orchids.” – Beau Bridges

143. “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.” – Evelyn Underhill

144. “I read, go for walks, and I love to garden. My hands are such a mess. People think I should have movie star hands, but they’re just gardening ones—always slightly grubby and with a bit of dirt under the fingernails.” – Amanda Donohoe

145. “Because I am really interested in gardening, I do really interesting plants, not even always flowers. And because I have grown them, I really know them like friends. I paint everything from exotic orchids to rose hips growing wild in a hedge. They just have to speak to me.” – Emma Tennant

146. “I enjoy painting, cutting the lawn, and working in the garden when I have time. That’s therapy for me. I enjoy working with my hands.” – Billy Williams

147. “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.” – D. H. Lawrence

148. “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt and wish to pass on to others is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” – Gertrude Jekyll

149. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Anonymous

150. “Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.” – William Cowper

151. “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

152. “One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.” – Robert Fortune

153. “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

154. “The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.” – Luther Burbank

155. “Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” – Helen Keller

156. “From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odor to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away, let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.” – Thomas Moore

157. “To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

158. “The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.” – William Wordsworth

159. “How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” – Benjamin Disraeli

160. “Against her ankles, as she trod. The lucky buttercups did nod.” – Jean Ingelow

161. “Ol’ man Simon planted a diamond. Grew hisself a garden the likes of none. Sprouts all growin’, comin’ up, glowin’. Fruit of jewels all shinin’ in the sun. Colors of the rainbow, see the sun and the rain grow sapphires and rubies on ivory vines, grapes of jade, just ripenin’ in the shade, just ready for the squeezin’ into green jade wine.” –

162. “Kiss of the sun for pardon, song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth.” – Dorothy Frances Gurney

163. “The earth is rocky and full of roots; it’s clay, and it seems doomed and polluted, but you dig little holes for the ugly shriveled bulbs, throw in a handful of poppy seeds, and cover it all over, and you know you’ll never see it again—it’s death, and clay, and shrivel, and your hands are nicked from the rocks, your nails black with soil.” –

164. “We are exploring together. We are cultivating a garden together, backs to the sun. The question is a hoe in our hands and we are digging beneath the hard and crusty surface to the rich humus of our lives.” – Parker J. Palmer

165. “I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.” – Reginald Farrer

166. “A gardener’s best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.” – Andy Tomolonis

167. “Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.” – Anonymous

168. “An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.” – Leslie Hall

169. “Working with plants, trees, fences, and walls—if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.” – Dogen

170. “Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience—they’re tender. They have to be persistent.” – Ralph Fiennes

171. “The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.” – Vera Nazarian

172. “Anthropocentric as the gardener may be, he recognizes that he is dependent for his health and survival on many other forms of life, so he is careful to take their interests into account in whatever he does. He is in fact a wilderness advocate of a certain kind. It is when he respects and nurtures the wilderness of his soil and his plants that his garden seems to flourish most. Wildness, he has found, resides not only out there, but right here: in his soil, in his plants, even in himself. But wildness is more a quality than a place, and though humans can’t manufacture it, they can nourish and husband it. The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery.” – Michael Pollan

173. “Gardeners learn by trowel and error.” – Anonymous

174. “Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.” – Mary Cantwell

175. “We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” – Wendell Berry

176. “Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them.” – Victoria Glendinning

177. “If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.” – John Harrison

178. “The herbs ought to be distilled when they are in their greatest vigor, and so ought the flowers also.” – Nicholas Culpeper

179. “The cottage garden—most for use designed, yet not of beauty destitute.” – Charlotte Smith

180. “One of the least arduous but most productive of gardening jobs, the magic of deadheading, never fails to delight me. It was a revelation when the principle was explained to me—that flowers are the attempt by the plant to reproduce itself. So if you cut the heads off before the flower turns into seeds, the plant will continue to flower.” – Tom Hodgkinson

181. “I like to encourage people interested in gardening or planting to begin with a simple herb garden. Even if you live in a small apartment, you can have some herb pots.” – Anna Getty

182. “Gardening is easy. Stick it in the ground the right way up and most plants will grow perfectly well.” – Monty Don

183. “Sometimes, as is the case of peach and plum trees which are often dwarfed, the plants are thrown into a flowering state, and then, as they flower freely year after year, they have little inclination to make vigorous growth.” – Robert Fortune

184. “Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

185. “Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flower beds with edibles.” – Greg Peterson

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

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

188. “Do you know that charming part of our country which has been called the Garden of France—that spot where, amid verdant plains watered by wide streams, one inhales the purest air of heaven?” – Alfred de Vigny

189. “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.” – Robert Smithson

190. “I don’t divide architecture, landscape, and gardening. To me, they are one.” – Luis Barragan

191. “Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture, for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening, and the arts of flower arrangement, and no drama.” – J. M. Roberts

192. “At Christmas, I no more desire a rose than wish for snow in May’s new-fangled mirth, but like of each thing that in season grows.” – William Shakespeare

193. “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood

194. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda

195. “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

196. “There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter—one is the January thaw, the other is the seed catalogues.” – Hal Borland

197. “I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden.” – Ruth Stout

198. “Behold, my friends, the spring is come. The earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” – Sitting Bull

199. “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” – Doug Larson

200. “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

201. “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A.A. Milne

202. “A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

203. “Weed it and reap.” – Anonymous

204. “Do not spread the compost on the weeds.” – William Shakespeare

205. “I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.” – Martha Smith

206. “When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.” – Horace Walpole

207. “I’ve never really understood the criticism that climbing is inherently selfish, since it could equally be argued about virtually any other hobby or sport. Is gardening selfish?” – Alex Honnold

208. “I love decorating my home. I’m a gardener too. So, that’s usually something I have to play catch up with.” – Suzy Bogguss

209. “All gardening is landscape painting.” – William Kent

210. “I love planting. I love digging holes, putting plants in, tapping them in. And I love weeding, but I don’t like tidying up the garden afterwards.” – Jamaica Kincaid

211. “I like solitary pursuits such as reading or pottering about in the garden.” – Hayley Mills

212. “I loved to get all dusty, and ride horses, and plant potatoes and cotton.” – Dorothy Malone

213. “It’s true that I have a wide range of interests. I like to write, and paint, and make music, and go walking on my own and in the garden. In fact, gardening is probably what I enjoy doing more than anything else.” – Viggo Mortensen

214. “I just planted the family vegetables yesterday. You name it, I grow it.” – Steve Zahn

215. “My favorite hobby is being alone. I like to be alone. I also like dancing, , playing poker sometimes, and vegetable gardening—corn, tomatoes, cucumbers. I have a big garden every year.” – Emanuel Steward

216. “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.” – Juliet Mills

217. “Exercise your creative muscles all the time, either through classes or through other artistic avenues like painting, or dancing, or even gardening, staying active, and being creative, so that when opportunities do come up, you are in a position to take advantage of them.” – Tom Irwin

218. “As I grew steadily more comfortable in the , I found that, much like gardening, most cooking manages to be agreeably absorbing without being too demanding intellectually. It leaves plenty of mental space for daydreaming and reflection.” – Michael Pollan

219. “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.” – Gates McFadden

220. “I am so longing to be domestic—cooking stew, gardening, hopefully having some children, painting, sitting still in one place.” – Eve Best

221. “If I’m in the country, my big idea is to do nothing. It means talking, it means cooking with the leftovers in the fridge—l’art d’accommoder les restes—it means gardening.” – Christian Louboutin

222. “Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.” – Dixie Lee Ray

223. “A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” – Michael Pollan

224. “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.” – Abraham Lincoln

225. “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

226. “What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

227. “When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.” – Ramakrishna

228. “In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker

229. “A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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