Gardening Quotes

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A weed is but an unloved flower.

Vera Nazarian

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.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Everything is an art, which must be mastered.

Maeve Binchy

She soon called a halt to the work. Judy's great success was that she stopped her helpers before they got tired.

Lailah Gifty Akita

If every individual should plant a tree in their life time, the world will be full of trees.

Michael Pollan

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 green thumb is equable in the face of nature's uncertainties; he moves among her mysteries without feeling the need for control or explanations or once-and-for-all solutions. To garden well is to be happy amid the babble of the objective world, untroubled by its refusal to be reduced by our ideas of it, its indomitable rankness.

Michael Pollan

A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space - a place not just set apart but reverberant - and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.

Abraham Cowley

May I a small house and large garden have;
And a few friends,
And many books, both true.

Bill Richardson

Novels and gardens," she says. "I like to move from plot to plot.

Seth Adam Smith

A garden is beautiful only when it is filled with people; they determine its beauty

Marty Rubin

No one plants rosebushes for the thorns.

Cassandra Danz

Soap wasn't invented until the Romans, who also invented interesting sex. (Since my editor informs me that a gardening book is not a proper venue for discussions of interesting sex, I will go into this topic in more detail when I write my private memoirs, 'A Petunia Named Desire').

Michael Pollan

Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn't necessarily expect to witness.

Michael Pollan

Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.

June Stoyer

Dandelions, like all things in nature are beautiful when you take the time to pay attention to them.


Where have all the flowers of old Singapore gone? Gone, one would imagine, with the old folks and homes

Carol Deppe

We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season, with every act of planting.

Douglas Tallamy

One of the maxims of the new field of conservation biological control is that to control insect herbivores, you must maintain populations of insect herbivores.

J.M. Coetzee

He even knew the reason why: because enough men had gone off to war saying the time for gardening was when the war was over; whereas there must be men to stay behind and keep gardening alive, or at least the idea of gardening; because once that cord was broken, the earth would grow hard and forget her children. That was why.

Claude Monet

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece

S. Kelley Harrell

Regardless of geographical region or culture gardening is perhaps the most common and shared experience of Nature.

S. Kelley Harrell

By bringing a soulful consciousness to gardening sacred space can be created outdoors.

Jessica Coupe

As I leave the garden
I take with me a renewed view,
And a quiet soul.

Jamaica Kincaid

In a way, a garden is the most useless of creations, the most slippery of creations: it is not like a painting or a piece of sculpture - it won’t accrue value as time goes on. Time is its enemy’ time passing is merely the countdown for the parting between garden and gardener.

David Wheeler

Gardening is about cheating, about persuading unlikely plants to survive in unlikely places and when that trick is well accomplished the results can be highly satisfying.

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