Great Gardening Quotes to Inspire You All Year Long

Great Gardening Quotes to Inspire You All Year Long

No occupation is as delightful as gardening. And, if you are as crazy and obsessed about gardening as me, then you would love these quotes.

From Liberty Hyde Bailey

“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.”

From Audrey HepburnGardening

“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.”

From 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.”

From Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener

“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 unpractised. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.”

From Gertrude Jekyll, Home and Garden (1900)

“…but we garden-lovers are greedy folk, and always want to have more and more and more! I want to have a Rose-garden, and a Tulip-garden, and a Carnation-garden, and a Columbine-garden, and a Fern-garden…”

From Beverley Nichols, Garden Open Today (1963)

“The design [a gardener] imposes must be constantly modified and sometimes totally transformed by a hand stronger than his own—the hand of Nature. Maybe the art of gardening is simply the knowledge of how to hold that hand, and how to clasp it in friendship.”

From John Muir Gardening

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”

From Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener (1962)

“I know that I cannot make anything new. To make a garden is to organise all the elements present and add fresh ones, but first I must absorb as best I can all that I see, the sky and the skyline, the soil, the colour of the grass and the shape and nature of the trees.”

From Eleanor Perényi, Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden (1981)

“Gardening is a vocation like any other—a calling, if you like, but not a gift from heaven. One acquires the necessary skills and knowledge to do it successfully, or one doesn’t.” –

From  Wendell Berry, “The Pleasures of Eating,” The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry (2017)

“People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know that the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when gardens are at their best.”

From Jamaica Kincaid

“The colors (the green of the leaf, the red-pink stem of rhubarb, the red veins of beet leaves, the yellows and browns of sunflowers) start out tentatively, in a maybe-or-maybe-not way, and then one day, perhaps after a heavy rain, everything is strong and itself, twinkling, jewel-like. At that moment, I think life will never change: it will always be summer.”

From Michael Pollan

“Although gardening may not at first seem to hold the drama or grandeur of, say, climbing mountains, it is gardening that gives most of us our most direct and intimate experience of nature—of its satisfactions, fragility, and power.”

 

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