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.


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


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

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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
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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


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


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


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 the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin


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


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


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

Gertrude Jekyll



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


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


Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes


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.

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