Gardening Quotes and Sayings

Gardening Quotes:  Gardening is defined as the activity of cultivating and growing various plants, bushes and shrubs in an aesthetically pleasing manner

Gardening is a fairly physical activity. It involves weeding, watering of plants, mulching, trellising and harvesting – all of which require physical labour from the gardener. Hence, it becomes an excellent addition to your exercise routine.Besides that, gardening is a great way to reduce stress, get a bit of exercise, be creative, and develop patience.

Gardens can provide financial relief, a healthier diet, and a healthier lifestyle. Plants are absolutely essential to life. None of our basic functions from breathing to eating to drinking would be possible without plants.

Lastly, it will do good for us to remember that the world is not ours alone but we share it with a huge variety of other species and taking up gardening, is one sure way of ensuring that we are doing our bit to reverse the trend of damaging the planet and secure its well-being.

Here are some gardening quotes to inspire you.

Famous Gardening Quotes

Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent


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

“I always see gardening as escape, as peace really. If you are angry or troubled, nothing provides the same solace as nurturing the soil.” – Monty Don

“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

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

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

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

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

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

“I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I want to lose myself.” – Alice SeboldTo plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”– Audrey Hepburn

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”– Ruth Stout

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

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

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

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow.”– Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

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

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


I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”– David Hobson

“Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.”– Mary Cantwell

“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.”– Sir Thomas

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

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

“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” – Okakura Kakuzo

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” – Oscar Wilde

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

“Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers.”– Lady Bird Johnson

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”– Victor Hugo

“Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Do not spread the compost on the weeds. “-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Gardening is not a rational act”. –Margaret Atwood

“What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?” –Roy Rogers

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” –Helen Keller

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

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. “–Dale Carnegie

“On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there’s no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden”. –Maya Angelou

“Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning”. –Helen Mirren

“Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in.” –Diane von Furstenberg

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” –Vincent van Gogh

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain”. -Henry David Thoreau

“Gardening is a humbling experience.” –Martha Stewart

“Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers.” –Lady Bird Johnson

“There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp”. –John Steinbeck

“Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better”. –Albert Einstein


“It’s true that I have a wide range of interests. I like to write and paint and make music and go walking on my own and garden. In fact, gardening is probably what I enjoy doing more than anything else”. –Viggo Mortensen

“If I’m in the country, my big idea is to do nothing. It means talking, it means cooking with the leftovers in the fridge – l’art d’accommoder les restes – it means gardening.” –Christian Louboutin

“My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide: a microcosm of a just and beautiful society. “–Andrew Weil

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn

Gardening  Proverbs

Life begins the day you start a garden. – Chinese proverb

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek proverb

The garden is the poor man’s apothecary. – German proverb

Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands. – Japanese proverb

He who plants a garden plants happiness. – Chinese proverb

More grows in the garden than the gardener sows. – Spanish proverb

To an optimist every weed is a flower; to a pessimist every flower is a weed. – Finnish proverb

All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today. – Indian proverb

All gardeners know better than other gardeners. – Chinese proverb

The gardener who loves roses is slave to a thousand thorns. – Turkish proverb

April showers bring May flowers. – English proverb

Yesterday’s flowers are today’s dreams. – Japanese proverb