Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.
A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.
My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful
Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow
But each spring…a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing: — “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade
Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers
Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.
It is a greater act of faith to plant a bulb than to plant a tree
If you have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden
On every stem, on every leaf,… and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.
I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.
How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence
An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.
Most people who possess anything like an acre, or half of it, contribute weekly to the support of a gentleman known as Jobbing Gardener. You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest no 1.
He who is born with a silver spoon in his mouth is generally considered a fortunate person, but his good fortune is small compared to that of the happy mortal who enters this world with a passion for flowers in his soul.
Just because you’ve only got houseplants doesn’t mean you don’t have the gardening spirit – I look upon myself as an indoor gardener.
Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.
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 planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
All gardeners know better than other gardeners
Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.
Gardening is something you learn by doing – and by making mistakes, like cooking, gardening is a constant process of experimentation, repeating the successes and throwing out the failures
What is a weed? I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions. For me, a weed is a plant out of place
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses
Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is as one who ploughs but does not sow.
To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?
All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.
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
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden
Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise.
I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself.
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing: -“Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade.
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves
May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.
I’m not really a career person. I’m a gardener, basically
A life with love must have some thorns, but a life with no love will have no roses.
Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.
Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription … And with no limit on dosage.
A weed is only a misplaced plant
Life is like a rose . . . More exquisite and precious, When shared with others.
If I’m ever reborn, I want to be a gardener – there’s too much to do for one lifetime
The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world
It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.
The garden that is finished is dead
Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time.
Though an old man I am but a young gardener
I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
All gardeners live in beautiful places, because they make them so.
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into
An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.
Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell someone else where to dig.
One of the worst mistakes you can make as a gardener is to think you’re in charge.