There’s a lot more to learn about gardening, from starting just a couple of small pots to caring for already mature plants. To celebrate, inspire, and encourage, I’ve gathered my favorite quotes about gardening.
Nothing beats the joy of watching your plants grow healthily and beautifully. The whole experience is exciting enough to make you want to do it over and over again.
One of the things that some gardeners enjoy is reading some inspirational quotes about gardening to keep them inspired and motivated.
Whenever the entire process seems a little bit daunting, here are 35 funny, thought-provoking, and inspiring quotes for you to read.
Quotes About Gardening
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
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.Gertrude Jekyll
Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.Zora Neale Hurston
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.B.C. Forbes
Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.Rudyard Kipling
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.Francis Bacon
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.Marcus Tullius Cicero
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
We must cultivate our own garden. When a 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.Voltaire
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
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
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 is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust.Gertrude Jekyll
My garden is my most beautiful masterpieceClaude Monet
Garden as though you will live forever.William Kent
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
The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.Michael Pollan
If a tree dies, plant another in its place.Carl Linnaeus
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
I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.Alice Sebold
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
The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.Joel Salatin
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
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.Ruth Stout
All gardeners know better than other gardeners.Chinese proverb
But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and porphyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.Edna Ferber
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
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.Greek proverb
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
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.Minnie Aumonier
Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.Allan Armitage
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.Thomas Jefferson
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.Shel Silverstein
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.George Bernard Shaw
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