Favourite garden quotes and sayings

Garden quotes and sayings

Gardens and the act of gardening have inspired writers and artists for centuries. Here is a collection of some of the best garden quotes and sayings:


The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.
Author unknown


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


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


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


What is a weed? A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
Chinese Proverb

Favourite garden quotes and sayings


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


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
Greek Proverb
 Favourite garden quotes and sayings


Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration.
Lou Erickson


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


Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It’s an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.
Karel Capek


Garden is a verb, not a noun.
Amy Stewart


We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.


Life begins the day you start a garden.
Chinese Proverb


Gardening is the work of a lifetime: you never finish.
Oscar de la Renta


Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.
Josephine Nuese


Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.


My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
Claude Monet


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


The best gardens are a perfect balance of order and chaos. The tension created by this constantly threatened balance is the pulse of the garden itself.
Helen Humphreys


Fruit tree pruning, and any pruning, really, is less of a science than it is a conversation. You prune, the tree answers, you prune again.
Ann Ralph


Trees have a tendency toward immortality.
Neville Fay


Never put off planting something or you will find that ten years later you are saying ‘If only we had planted that wisteria,” and you are filled with sad thoughts. It isn’t too late. Do it now, and if you don’t live to enjoy it, somebody else will.


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


In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe.


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


Plants contain the world. The garden, better than any college education, gave the world to me.
Jamaica Kincaid


God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.
Author Unknown


A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handyman with a sense of humus.
E.B. White


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


I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.
Doug Green


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


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


Keep calm and garden on.


Garden as though you will live forever.
William Kent


You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.
Author Unknown


If you keep putting your thumb in the soil it will eventually sprout and turn green.
Jennifer Arnott


If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.
Russell Page


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.
Fred Dale


There is no magic dust sprinkled on a newborn babe that endows them with green thumbedness. It’s not a knack, it’s not talent, and it’s not in your genes. Plants thrive for people that take care of them. If you can’t grow a plant, any plant, then you should probably not be trusted with a puppy.
Carole Reese


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


Flowers are the music of the ground from earth’s lips spoken without sound.
Edwin Curran


The Gardener does not create the Garden. The Garden creates the Gardener.
Alan Chadwick


It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.
Kate Morton


Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes


Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription and has no limit on dosage.
Author unknown


A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.


A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space—a place not just set apart but reverberant—and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.
Michael Pollan


To potter with green growing things, watching each day to see the dear, new sprouts come up, is like taking a hand in creation, I think. Just now my garden is like faith—the substance of things hoped for.
Lucy Maud Montgomery



Have I missed any great garden quotes? What are your favourite garden quotes and sayings? Please share in the comments section below.  I intend to update this page over time, as I come across new (to me) words of inspiration about gardening.


Post updated: April 2018; April 2020


  1. Danielle Gaudet on March 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Garden as though you will live forever.

    – William Kent

  2. Danielle Gaudet on March 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Is a verb
    Not a noun.
    – Amy Stwart

    I am more myself
    In a garden than
    Anywhere else on earth.
    – Doug Green

    Gardening is
    The work of a lifetime:
    You never finish.
    – Oscar de la Renta

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

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

    Just a few of my favorites

    • Jennifer on March 15, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thanks for these Danielle–they’re great! I’ll add them to the page.

  3. Eatmyshorts on October 6, 2020 at 4:05 am

    There is nothing as important as taking care of your garden, and in fact thats really not so important

  4. Dudley Gilmer on June 5, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    Each flower petal bears a message to my soul. So peonies must send whole books!

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