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For many people, a garden is their happy place. If you are one of those people and are looking for the best garden quotes, poems and sayings, you have come to the right place. You will find the perfect ggardener sayings here.

Our Favorite Garden Quotes for Gardeners

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“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.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” – Douglas Adams

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” – Hanna Rion

Pink flowers with garden quotes by Rion

“It is a good idea 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’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.” – C. Z. Guest

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

“My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.” – Ina Garten

“The more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.” – W. H. Davies

“The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior and the land beyond the garden.” – Stephen Gardiner

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” – W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.” – May Sarton

“In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.” – Robert Breault

“Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they’re tender. They have to be persistent.” – Ralph Fiennes

“Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise.” – Michael P. Garofalo

Pink roses with gardener quotes by Garofalo

“In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener.” – Robert Rodale

“A gardener’s best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.” – Andy Tomolonis

“I like to think of myself as a natural gardener.” Clive Anderson

“An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.” – Leslie Hall

“I love decorating my home. I’m a gardener too, so that’s usually something I have to play catch up with.” – Suzy Bogguss

“Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history will always be coming full circle.” – Francis Cabot Lowell

“I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.” – Bertrand Russell

“I have always wanted to be a gardener, and I love the time I spend in my garden.” – Pawan Kalyan

“I like flowers. In my next life, maybe I can be a gardener.” – Ruskin Bond

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” – May Sarton

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

“How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.” – Alexander Smith

“I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.” – Phyllis Theroux

“All gardening is landscape painting.” – William Kent

White flowers with gardening quotes by Kent

“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.” – Mirabel Osler

“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.” – Evelyn Underhill

“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.” – Lindley Karstens

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

“I enjoy painting, cutting the lawn and working in the garden when I have time. That’s therapy for me. I enjoy working with my hands.” – Billy Williams

“I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden.” – Hayley Mills

Yellow flowers with in the garden quotes by Mills

“Don’t wear perfume in the garden — unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

“It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

“Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.” – Marcelene Cox

“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.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

“I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.” – Robert Breault

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

“There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.” – Ken Kesey

“Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” – Daniel Webster

“Use plants to bring life.” – Douglas Wilson

Yellow roses with inspirational garden quotes by Wilson

“Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.” – Dixie Lee Ray

“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” – May Sarton

“Farming is a profession of hope.“ – Brian Brett

“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” – Robert Breault

“When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.” – Ramakrishna

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.” – Lou Erickson

Pink flowers with funny garden qutoes by Erickson

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.” – Thomas Fuller

“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” – Michael Pollan

“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” – Doug Larson

“I’m not a gardener. I wish I was.” – Kate Winslet

“I am a gardener, I have a big green thumb, and I can take care of these plants really easily because they are all fake.” – Liza Koshy

“Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.” – Frank McKinney Hubbard

“I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener, and it’s in the blood.” – Terry Pratchett

“A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.” – Gertrude Stein

“I also like to garden. I grow things, vegetables, flowers… I particularly like orchids. I raise orchids.” – Beau Bridges

“Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything — except itself.” – May Sarton

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling

“I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” – Robert Bridges

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” Janet Kilburn Phillips

Pink flowers with quotes about a garden by Phillips

“Well I do find the beauty in animals. I find beauty everywhere. I find beauty in my garden.” – Doris Day

“I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” – Joseph Addison

“I think optimism springs from nature. I’m a gardener. Nature has taught me about rhythm, the essence of every art. With so much that is terrible, nature gives me pleasure.” – Mira Nair

“There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.” – Alfred Austin

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan

Pink flowers with quotes about gardening by Pollan

“Let nature be in your yard.” – Michael P. Garofalo

“I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.” – Walt Disney

“There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon

“A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” – Alice Sebold

Red flowers with quotes on gardens by Sebold

“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.” – Allan Armitage

“When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” Minnie Aumonier

“How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” – Benjamin Disraeli

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Sunflower Quotes, Daisy Quotes, Bloom Quotes, Wildflower Quotes and Rose Quotes.

Short Garden Quotes for Instagram

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin

“He plants trees to benefit another generation.” – Caecilius Statius

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker

“Garden as though you will live forever.” – Thomas Moore

Pink flowers with short garden quotes by Moore

“A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“The most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens.” – Lillie Langtry

“To dwell is to garden.” – Martin Heidegger

“I need my friends, I need my house, I need my garden.“ – Miranda Richardson

“Gardens are a form of autobiography.” – Sydney Eddison

“Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?”  -Betsy Cañas Garmon

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A. A. Milne

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon

“Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” – Mrs. C.W. Earle

“The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” – Wendell Berry

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.“ – Dalai Lama

“My garden is my favorite teacher.” – Betsy Cañas Garmon

“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” – Carl Linnaeus

“A garden always has a point.” – Elizabeth Hoyt

“Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.” – William Cowper

“A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.” – Dogen

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Yellow flower with love garden quotes by Jekyll

“One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.” – Robert Fortune

“I love being in my garden. I don’t plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour.” – Jacqueline Bisset

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson

Garden Sayings

Check out these great garden proverbs.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Greek Proverb

“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” Chinese Proverb

“The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.” German Proverb

“Life begins the day you start a garden.” Chinese Proverb

Pink flowers with garden proverbs

“The seed waits for its garden or ground where it will be sown.” – South African Proverb

“The gardener who loves roses is slave to a thousand thorns.” – Turkish Proverbs

“The flowers in your garden don’t smell as sweet as those in the wild, but they last much longer.”  Chinese Proverb

“A man without a fatherland is like a nightingale without a garden.” – Tajikistani Proverb

“The bad gardener quarrels with his rake.” – American Proverb

“Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.”

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

“Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first.” 

“Weed it and reap.”

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”

“Gardeners learn by trowel and error.”

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

“Life’s a garden — dig it.”

“God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.”

“Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.”

And there you have it! Our list of the best quotes on gardens. We hope you found one that spoke to you.

And enjoy the beautiful gardens that cross your path and add joy to your day.

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