Gardening Quotes

In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.

Sam Llewelyn

It is good 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

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too

Linda Solegato

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden

Orson Scott Card

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing: -"Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade.

Rudyard Kipling

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

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.

Frank McKinney Hubbard

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

Walt Whitman

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.

W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman,

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.


Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart


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.

Dorothy Frances Gurney

The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.


Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.

Alfred Austin

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Updated On : July 19, 2008
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