When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself

In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.

Earth laughs in flower

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.

Laying out grounds may be considered a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting

You do not need to know anything about a plant to know that it is beautiful.

The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before

He who plants a tree, plants a hope

I believe that the days to come already feel the wonder of the days that have passed and will permit that wonder to endure and increase. If this be blind faith, then every gardener has it, or he would never plant a seed.

God gave us memories that we may have roses in December

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom

The difference between weeds and flowers is the flowers are the easiest ones to pull out.

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.

How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.

Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than Emperor’s

Hoeing in the garden on a bright, soft May day, when you are not obligated to, is nearly equal to the delight of going trouting.

Who has learned to garden who did not at the same time learn to be patient

All my hurts my garden spade can heal

April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul

I am fully and intensely aware that plants are conscious of love and respond to it as they do to nothing else.

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.

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.

All the wars of the world, all the Caesars, have not the staying power of a lily in a cottage garden

Where flowers bloom so does hope.

The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.

But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness.The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head …The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Among gardeners, enthusiasm and experience rarely exist in equal measures.

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.

When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden

Tickle the earth with a hoe, it will laugh a harvest

A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of.

Take thy plastic spade, It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants, They are thy colours.

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

A flower is an educated weed.

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.

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.

He who plants a tree loves others besides himself

One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God

As Rosemary is to the spirit, so Lavender is to the soul

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence

The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.

Of all the flora and fauna on earth, it is only man that desires or needs rules.

It used to be thought that our love of plants was an impractical but pure passion. But now, in the age of environmental crisis, we’re discovering that gardening is essential to human life.

A Book is like a Garden, carried in the Pocket.

Where but in a garden do summer hours pass so quickly

Gardening, like sex and food, lies somewhere between art and nature, being wholly neither but partly both.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet

We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike.

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments

Successful gardening is doing what has to be done when it has to be done the way it ought to be done whether you want to do it or not.

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