Garden Quotes

Most popular garden quotes

Gardening is not a rational act.
All gardening is landscape painting.
To cultivate a garden is to walk with God.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

libraries

You must remember garden catalogues are as big liars as house-agents.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
The garden is a metaphor for life, and gardening is a symbol of the spiritual path.
A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.

loss

God Almighty first planted a garden.  And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.
Gardening has compensations out of all proportion to its goals. It is creation in the pure sense.

flowers

A modest garden...contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.
Gardening in England is a hobby, about midway on the social scale between throwing darts and composing sonnets.
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?

religion

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.

nature

For there is no gardening without humility, an assiduous willingness to learn, and a cheerful readiness to confess you were mistaken.
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.
When ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely, as if gardening were the greater perfection.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.

beauty nature

A garden is a kinetic work of art, not an object but a process, open-ended, biodegradable, nurturant, like all women's artistry.  A garden is the best alternative therapy.
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.  Nor must the ear be forgotten: without birds, a garden is a prison yard.
I was really nothing more than a custodian to a mystery that was beyond my comprehension.  I think that's what hooks one on gardening forever.  It is the closest one can come to being present at the creation.
When you get right down to it, as sooner or later you must, gardening is a long-drawn-out war of attrition against the elements, a tripartite agreement involving the animal, insect and bird worlds, and the occasional sheer perversity of Nature.
Gardening is the greatest tonic and therapy a human being can have. Even if you have only a tiny piece of earth, you can create something beautiful, which we all have a great need for. If we begin by respecting plants, it's inevitable we'll respect people.