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Gardening features

To make a garden, you need a piece of land and eternity. (Gilles Clement)

Gardening is not a rational act. (Margaret Atwood)

The garden is philosophy made visible. (Erik Orsenna)

Gardening is easy. Stick it in the ground the right way up and most plants will grow perfectly well. (Monty Don)

The garden is an open-air meditation, a secret revealed to those who deserve it. (Ghislaine Schoeller)

The garden is the last luxury of our days, because it demands what has become most precious in our society: time, attention and space. (Dieter Kienast)

No one should imagine that real gardening is a bucolic and contemplative activity. It is an insatiable passion, like everything that a thorough person begins. (Karel Čapek)

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)

Trees and shrubs are the backbone of the garden. (Karl Foerster)

In winter, my garden misses me… That’s why it prefers to fall asleep for a while… (Celine Blondeau)

The deeper the summer, the more magnificent the garden. (Vera Inber)

Gardens are designed spaces, including natural gardens. Naturalness does not arise from the shape of the garden, but from how I lay out my garden, which plant communities I plant and how I care for it. (Peter Richard)

Gardening is considered a remedy that helps to restore orders and rhythms that have been damaged or lost. (Jürgen Dahl)

The art of gardens, in its current state, can be defined as: the art of arranging and cultivating a more or less large site for the purpose of utility, pastime or ornamentation. (John Claudius Loudon)

The smaller the garden, the bigger the garden gnome. (Brigitte Fuchs)

People and gardening

We must cultivate our garden. (Voltaire)

Who among us is not torn between the desire to cultivate our garden and the desire to take the plunge into adventure? (Sylvain Tesson)

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners. (William Shakespeare)

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. (Alfred Austin)

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow. (Zora Neale Hurston)

To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves. (Mahatma Gandhi)

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

I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. (C Z Guest)

Gardens and flowers have the gift of bringing people together. (Clare Ansberry)

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. (D. Elton Trueblood)

If every man on a piece of his land would do everything he can, how beautiful our land would be! (Anton Chekhov)

What a strange thing is property, of which men are so envious! When I had nothing of my own, I had the forests and the meadows, the sea and the sky; since I bought this house and this garden, I only have this house and this garden. (Alphonse Karr)

Attitude to gardening

I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I want to lose myself. (Alice Sebold)

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

What appeals to me about gardening is less the design and more the discovery and observation. (Ann-Christin Neugebauer)

I have an armchair interest in gardening, but I don’t like to get my knees dirty. I don’t have a garden. (Nick Cave)

Gardening is not my thing. You’re digging in the dirt, and then a couple of months later, something happens. (Jillian Michaels)

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

Rock ‘n’ Roll, no roses or gardening. (Tina Charles)

I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens. (Elton John)

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


Every gardener also grows with his plants. (Martin Gerhard Reisenberg)

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

Gardening gloves are for sissies. I always have dirt under my nails. (Hilarie Burton)

The difference between man and gardener: The gardener only intervenes where it makes sense. (Wolfgang J. Reus)

Anyone who is already satisfied with their garden does not deserve it. (Karl Foerster)

Even the wishes of the gardener do not always revolve around the garden. (Brigitte Fuchs)

Perhaps, taking too much care of my garden, through contact with plants I was able to pick up their habits. (Andre Gide)

In my free time I also devote myself to gardening. Watching something grow is the most beautiful thing in the world. (Donna Leon)

I find that a real gardener is not a man who cultivates flowers; he is a man who cultivates the soil. He is a creature who digs himself into the earth and leaves the sight of what is on it to us gaping good-for-nothings. He lives buried in the ground.He builds his monument in a heap of compost. If he came into the Garden of Eden, he would sniff excitedly and say: «Good Lord, what humus!” (Karel Čapek)

Quotes about gardeners

Life and gardening

To dwell is to garden. (Martin Heidegger)

Garden as though you will live forever. (William Kent)

The garden is the natural extension of a conception of life. (Erik Orsenna)

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. (May Sarton)

Use plants to bring life. (Douglas Wilson)

If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. (Bill Watterson)

Most gardens are documents of the lack of reverence with which life is lived. (Karl Foerster)

Make your life a garden full of flowers, where each flower represents a good deed. (Mazouz Hacene)

For some people, the picture of the garden may be a little too sweet. They prefer to talk about the field of life that they have to cultivate. (Johannes Kuhn)

Weeds and gardening

A good garden may have some weeds. (Thomas Fuller)

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. (A.A. Milne)

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A weed is but an unloved flower. (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

Weeds are nature’s opposition to the gardeners’ government. (Oskar Kokoschka)

A weed is a plant that is not only in the wrong place but intends to stay. (Sara Stein)

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

Weeds are anything that grow back after weeding. (Mark Twain)

I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds. (Martha Smith)

Happiness is not a wild plant, which comes spontaneously, like garden weeds: it is a delicious fruit, which is only made so by dint of cultivation. (Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne)

Quotes about weeds

Art and gardening

Gardening always has been an art, essentially. (Robert Irwin)

Gardens are one of the forms of dreams, like poems, music and algebra. (Hector Bianciotti)

Nothing is more completely the child of art than a garden. (Walter Scott)

More than any other art, that of gardens depends on goodwill combined with large and lasting means. (Erik Orsenna)

Whether you do cinema or gardening, it’s the same thing. Both are arts like a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix. If films or gardening are well done it means that the art of gardening or the art of cinema is being practiced: and whoever does it is an artist. (Jean Renoir)

What is there to say about me? What can there be to say, I ask you, about a man who is interested in nothing in the world except his painting — and also his garden and his flowers? (Claude Monet)

Besides, I have seen gardens in China such as you ask for, and made with so much art that the art did not appear there, but in such an expensive manner and maintained at such great expense, that this idea took away all the pleasure I could have had in seeing them. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Love and gardening

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. (Gertrude Jekyll)

Those who fell in love with gardening have never been cured. (Karl Foerster)

How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening. (Alexander Smith)

The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love. (Luther Burbank)

Love is a spontaneous herb and not a garden plant. (Ippolito Nievo)

For love to last a lifetime, it must be nurtured as carefully as a garden. (Henry Bordeaux)

A relationship is a living thing. It’s like a garden that you have to water sometimes and weed sometimes so it doesn’t dry out. Sometimes there is a harvest, sometimes it is cold. (Michal Hrůza)

Nature and gardening

A garden is an artificial nature. (Robert Musil)

Garden is the name for souped-up nature. (Querulix)

The splendor of the gardens is always based on a love of nature. (Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, Baroness of Staël-Holstein)

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway. (Michael Pollan)

The styled garden seems to me like a reformatory for nature. (Thomas Häntsch)

Weeding is censorship of nature. (Oskar Kokoschka)

Quotes about nature

Joy and gardening

If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden. (Robert Brault)

God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. (Francis Bacon)

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)

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)

The pleasures that the formation and culture of gardens provide are beneficial to health, elevate the soul and provide the spirit with the sweetest relief. There were kings who applied themselves to it out of taste, and philosophers by choice. (John Claudius Loudon)

Women and gardening

You are a closed garden, my sister, my wife. (Emilio Prados)

She had a fringed hat that collapsed under the weight of the flowers… It was a hanging garden. (Céline)

Ballet is purely feminine: it is a woman, a garden full of beautiful flowers, and a man is a gardener. (George Balanchine)

I planned to use gardening to start a public conversation about nutrition, especially in schools and among parents. Ideally, this should lead to discussions about how food is produced, labeled and marketed and how this affects public health. And by talking about these issues from the White House, I would be implicitly challenging the giant corporations in the food and beverage industry and the way they had run their business for decades. (Michelle Obama)

Patience and gardening

Patience is a flower that does not grow in everyone’s garden. (James Howell)

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)

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)

Gardening does so much for your brain. You’re learning how a process works, and how important it is to do everything right so that you can eventually enjoy a tomato three months later. I’ve always been patient, but gardening really helps you with that. (Marc Gasol)

Peace and gardening

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)

That’s the uplifting thing about gardening: I forgot time, space and tax returns. In the here and now it was just me and that damn privet. (Susanne Wiborg)

In autumn there is stillness in the gardens for which we have no time. (Victor Auburtin)

Blending into the simplicity of a garden, rediscovering this generous nature every day, is perhaps a way of still consenting to the world. (Maud Simonnot)

Soul and gardening

Gardening is food for the soul. (Pretty)

Take care of your garden and the garden take care of your soul. (Mark Balkens-Knurre)

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)

If you want to get to know me completely, you have to know my garden. Because my garden is my heart. (Hermann Ludwig Heinrich von Pückler-Muskau)

Poetry and gardening

An excellent gardener is as good as an excellent poet. (Alphonse Karr)

[N]one but a poet could have made such a garden. (Samuel Johnson)

To be a poet is to cultivate the garden of one’s suffering. (Louise Portal)

Poetry is the mother tongue of the human race; just as gardening is older than agriculture. (Johann Georg Hamann)

Men and gardening

What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. (Charles Dudley Warner)

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path. (Jean Anouilh)

But if each man could have his own house, a large garden to cultivate and healthy surroundings — then, I thought, there will be for them a better opportunity of a happy family life. (George Cadbury)

The smartest men are the ones who can convince their wives that gardening is beautiful. (Karel Copek)

Flowers and gardening

Earth laughs in flowers. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. (Henri Matisse)

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. (Dogen)

Quotes about fowers

Painting and gardening

All gardening is landscape painting. (William Kent)

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. (Claude Monet)

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant — rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance — but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself. (Roberto Burle Marx)

Hope and gardening

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. (Lady Bird Johnson)

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. (Audrey Hepburn)

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

Children and gardening

Mysterious garden of my distant childhood, bewitched Kingdom lost in the distance. (Fernanda de Castro)

Gardens remind me of children. You can admire those of others objectively, but nothing will ever beat the pleasure and satisfaction you derive from your own. (Helen Gunn)

After all, what is God? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden. (Shri Aurobindo)

Lawn and gardening

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. (Michael Pollan)

A gardener who sabotages a lawn is a budding assassin. (Raymond Devos)

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn’t take it out of my garden. (Eric Morecambe)

Colors and gardening

Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors. (Oscar de la Rentawn)

I have no color theory. In fact, I see it as a challenge to combine any kind of shades effectively. (Christopher Lloyd)

Green is not everything, but without green everything is nothing. (Hans-Hermann Bentrup)

Paradise and garden

Paradise was lost in a garden, it is found again in a garden. (Blaise Pascal)

You don’t enter the garden of paradise with your feet, but with your heart. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux)

Anyone who has a garden already lives in paradise. (Aba Assa)

Books and gardening

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Flowers and books, the great comforters of the soul. (Emily Dickinson)

What garden, what Aranjuez in May, like a select bookstore? (Gracian)

Weather and gardening

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)

Any garden is, first of all, learning about the weather, the weather, the rain, the wind, the sun, and the passage of time, the cycle of the seasons. (Erik Orsenna)

Teaching and gardening

The garden is the best school in life. (Bernhard Steiner)

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)

Experiments and gardening

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments. (Janet Kilburn Phillips)

When I go into the garden, I forget everything. It’s uncomplicated in my world of gardening. It’s trial and error, really. If something doesn’t work, it comes out, and you start all over again. (Emilia Fox)

Smell and gardening

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

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. (Margaret Atwood)

Dreams and gardening

Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors. (Mary Cantwell)

There are invisible gardeners in the world who cultivate the dreams of others. (Jeanne Benameur)

Soil and gardening

If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine. (John Harrison)

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

Sports and gardening

If you have a garden, you don’t need a gym or a vacation. (Fritz Neuhauser)

Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration. (Lou Erickson)

Quotes about sports

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