Gardening Quotes, Sayings, Captions

These gardening quotes are sure to inspire lovers of plants, flowers, and vegetables alike. Whether you are a confidant gardener with a green thumb or an aspiring first-time gardener, these sayings will provide meaningful insight into the world of plants, soil, water, and sun.

So dig in and enjoy the broad range of voices on the topic of gardening.

The best gardening quotes to inspire your green thumb

Read these quotes for your enjoyment and share them with fellow garden lovers. Garden sayings are the perfect way to add a personal touch to greeting cards, birthday cards or retirement gifts.

And be sure to check out the list of gardening captions for social media at the bottom of the page.

1. Gardening quotes about life

Gardening adds years to your life, and life to your years.
Unknown

Use plants to bring life.
Douglas Wilson

Life is itself a school, and Nature always a fresh study.
Hugh Miller

Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.
Myron Kaufmann

An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.
Cora Lea Bell

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

All bulbous plants are tenacious of life.
Theophrastus

Life already has so many boundaries and pressures — why add more in the garden?
Felder Rushing

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

Gardening makes me happy

There are no happier folks than plant lovers and none more generous than those who garden.
Ernest Wilson

To dig in one’s own earth, with one’s own spade, does life hold anything better?
Beverly Nichols

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

Joy sayings

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

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

Hope quotes

Where flowers bloom, so does hope.
Lady Bird Johnson

Hope is one of the essential tools of a farmer or gardener.
Amy Stewart

To create a garden is to search for a better world. In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future. This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.
Marina Schinz

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

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2. Gardening love quotes

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies, but never grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.
Gertrude Jekyll

No single sort of garden suits everyone. Shut your eyes and dream of the garden you’d most love then open your eyes and start planting. Loved gardens flourish, boring ones are hard work.
Jackie French

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
D.H. Lawrence

The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.
Jeff Cox

Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
William Cowper

The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.
Gertrude Jekyll

I love planting. I love digging holes, putting plants in, tapping them in. And I love weeding, but I don’t like tidying up the garden afterwards.
Jamaica Kincaid

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 love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.
Barbra Streisand

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Passion for gardening quotes

‘Green fingers’ are the extensions of a verdant heart. A good garden cannot be made by somebody who has not developed the capacity to know and love growing things.
Russell Page

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 most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens.
Lillie Langtry

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

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
W.E. Johns

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

Friendship sayings

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

A garden is a silent, loyal friend and a great listener.
Unknown

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

A garden is like the self. It has so many layers and winding paths, real or imagined, that it can never be known, completely, even by the most intimate of friends.
Anne Raver

3. Gardening time quotes

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who cultivates a garden and brings to perfection flowers and fruits, cultivates and advances at the same time his own nature.
Ezra Weston II

The four seasons of gardening quotes

In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
William Blake

For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For the new year

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they’re feeling because that’s how I read the seed catalogs in January.
Barbara Kingsolver

At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows.
William Shakespeare

Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well.
Charles Dudley Warner

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For spring

Every spring, like it or not, we are all beginners, all over again.
Dominique Browning

April comes like an idiot, babbling, and strewing flowers.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

All through the long winter I dream of my garden. On the first warm day of spring I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.
Helen Hayes

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

Queer things happen in the garden in May. Little faces forgotten appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a little green hand to confound you.
W.E. Johns

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
B.C. Forbes

Proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim / Hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
William Shakespeare

Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers.
Thomas Tusser

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

Spring is nature’s way of saying, let’s party!
Robin Williams

But each spring… a gardening instinct, sore as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.
Lewis Gannitt

Good gardeners are always young in spirit, for their minds are fixed on spring when others feel only the bitter sting of winter.
Mary Fanton-Roberts

For summer

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

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

For fall

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.
Edwin Way Teale

For winter

Every gardener knows under the cloak of winter lies a miracle — a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.
Barbara Winkler

From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens — the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind’s eye.
Katharine S. White

There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues.
Hal Borland

For gardeners, this is the season of lists and callow hopefulness; hundreds of thousands of bewitched readers are poring over their catalogs, making lists… and dreaming their dreams.
Katharine White

In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

4. Hard work gardening quotes

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

You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.
Bootsy Collins

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

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

Gardening takes a plot of land, a hoe, and willing muscles. Scratching the soil, harvesting garden fruits, are peaceful results. With a garden, there is hope.
Grace Firth

Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion.
Eudora Welty

Gardening quotes – seeds

Flowers and fruit are only the beginning. In the seed lies the life and the future.
Marion Zimmer Bradley

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?
G.K. Chesterton

Gardening is all about optimism.
I put a seed in the ground.
I consistently tend it, confident I will see the results, in time, of the nurture I have provided.
Mary Anne Radmacher

Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.
Michael Pollan

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

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Gardening quotes – weeds

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

Growth takes time. Be patient. And while you’re waiting, pull a weed.
Emilie Barnes

It is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.
Shannon L. Alder

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

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

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

The philosopher who said that work well done never needs doing over never weeded a garden.
Ray D. Everson

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

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

Gardening in the rain

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

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
George Eliot

Garden soil

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our most important job as vegetable gardeners is to feed and sustain soil life, often called the soil food web, beginning with the microbes. If we do this, our plants will thrive, we’ll grow nutritious, healthy food, and our soil conditions will get better each year. This is what is meant by the adage ‘Feed the soil not the plants.’
Jane Shellenberger

Vegetables

There really isn’t anything like eating from your own garden.
A.D. Aliwat

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 know the pleasure of pulling up root vegetables. They are solvable mysteries.
Novella Carpenter

5. Flowers – gardening quotes

Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of Nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone can buy a flower, but it takes more to grow one and let its beauty live on.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
Zen Shin

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
Sigmund Freud

A flower blossoms for its own joy.
Oscar Wilde

The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.
Rabindranath Tagore

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.
William Wordsworth

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

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

More flower quotes

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

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
Theodore Roethke

Flowers are words which even a baby can understand.
A. Cleveland Coxe

The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom to mark the highest of high spring.
Henry Mitchell

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck
Emma Goldman

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
Gerard de Nerval

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

Bulbs need so little and give back so much. They start off homely, even ugly, and return transformed.
Lauren Springer Ogden

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

Garden quotes – beauty

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
Elizabeth Murray

The more you look for beauty in the world, the more you will find.
Michelle Endersby

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.
John Muir

Picasso said that no one has to explain a daffodil. Good design is understandable to virtually everybody. You never have to ask why.
Hugh Newell Jacobsen

A house though otherwise beautiful, yet if it hath no garden belonging to it, is more like a prison than a house.
William Coles

Well, I do find the beauty in animals. I find beauty everywhere. I find beauty in my garden.
Doris Day

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Gardening quotes – nature

Let nature be in your yard.
Michael P. Garofalo

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
Alice Walker

Regardless of geographical region or culture gardening is perhaps the most common and shared experience of Nature.
S. Kelley Harrell

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle

Every generation thinks it has the answers, and every generation is humbled by nature.
Phillip Lubin

Plan a garden for the future, but expect it to evolve and need changing, despite your well laid-out plans. Such is the temperament of Mother Nature.
Meredith Kirton

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

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

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

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

All art is but imitation of nature.
Seneca the Younger

6. Funny gardening quotes

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

Aside from the garden of Eden, man’s great temptation took place when he first received his seed catalog.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s motorized garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.
Dave Barry

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

Compared to gardeners, I think it is generally agreed that others understand very little about anything of consequence.
Henry Mitchell

Witty sayings

Life’s a garden. Dig it.
David Spade, “Joe Dirt”

Anyone who has time for drama is not gardening enough.
Unknown

Gardening is cheaper than therapy — and you get tomatoes.
Unknown

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
H.L. Mencken

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Cute gardening quotes

Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.
Unknown

Old gardeners never die, they just go to seed.
Unknown

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

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

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

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.
Unknown

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

7. Gardening wisdom quotes

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

As long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.
Michael Pollan

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

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

When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.
Horace Walpole

Earth knows no desolation. She smells regeneration in the moist breath of decay.
George Meredith

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

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

Gardening philosophy

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

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln

A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting.
Gladys Taber

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
John Muir

The garden runs through our lives like a river through a field, like air in our lungs. The garden does not end in space any more than it does in time. The flowers grow as much in our minds as in the soil.
Montagu Don

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.
Abram L. Urban

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

You are also far less likely to waste food when you have nurtured it from a seed into a plant.
Darina Allen

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

8. Gardening and well-being sayings

Gardens will be the peaceful haven we all need.
Paul Tukey

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

A garden makes all our senses swim in pleasure, and that with infinite variety.
William Lawson

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.
Voltaire

Only fools view their gardens in monetary terms. The real point of a garden is to increase the value of our lives.
Anna Pavord

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

Mental health gardening quotes

A garden is the best alternative therapy.
Germaine Greer

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

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

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

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

My hoe as it bites the ground revenges my wrongs, and I have less lust to bite my enemies. In smoothing the rough hillocks, I smooth my temper.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

About healing

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

All my hurts my garden spade can heal.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
Luther Burbank

About meditation

Meditation is a form of gardening: it weeds distractions and fertilizes consciousness so that your awareness grows.
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

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

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

About therapy

My garden is my favorite teacher.
Betsy Cañas Garmon

You can bury any number of headaches in a garden.
Charles Barnard

I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.
Robert Breault

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

Gardening is the greatest tonic and therapy a human being can have. Even if you have only a tiny piece of earth, you can create something beautiful, which we all have a great need for. If we begin by respecting plants, it’s inevitable we’ll respect people.
Audrey Hepburn

About spirituality

There is nothing more sacred than the spaces that provide nourishment.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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

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

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
William Blake

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.
Georges Bernanos

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

Zen gardening quotes

By bringing a soulful consciousness to gardening sacred space can be created outdoors.
S. Kelley Harrell

Giving up your ego is the shortest way to unification with nature.
Masanobu Fukuoka

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu

When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.
Ramakrishna

The biggest obstacle to good gardening is the desire to know the answers and not the questions.
Monty Don

9. Famous gardening quotes

I thank you for the seeds. Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.
Thomas Jefferson

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
Abraham Lincoln

The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Short gardening quotes

A garden always has a point.
Elizabeth Hoyt

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

Flowers are happy things.
P. G. Wodehouse

We must cultivate our garden.
Voltaire

All gardening is landscape painting.
Alexander Pope

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.
Elizabeth Lawrence

Garden as though you will live forever.
William Kent

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.
Heinrich Heine

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
Sydney Eddison

All things seem possible in May.
Edwin Way Teale

If plants grow well, so will people.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

To dwell is to garden.
Martin Heidegger

Well-tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.
Dixie Lee Ray

Gardening proverbs

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.
Welsh proverb

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

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

Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.
Japanese proverb

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
Chinese proverb

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

All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
Chinese proverb

He who plants a garden plants happiness.
Chinese proverb

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

April showers bring May flowers.
English proverb

Life begins the day you start a garden.
Chinese proverb

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

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

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

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

10. Inspirational gardening quotes

Find out what you can grow well, and grow lots of it.
Lord Abercrombie

Nothing tastes better than the fresh-picked fruits of your own labor. No air smells sweeter than when supplied by flowers grown with your own two hands.
Jessica Marie Baumgartner

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
Claude Monet

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

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

A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.
Wendell Berry

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

Gardeners, I think, dream bigger than emperors.
Mary Cantwell

Plants want to grow; they are on your side as long as you are reasonably sensible.
Anne Wareham

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

Motivational gardening quotes

To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world.
Stanley Crawford

The man who has planted a garden feels he has done something for the good of the whole world.
Charles Dudley Warner

The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.
Vera Nazarian

A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes.
Barbara Dodge Borland

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

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plants’ point of view.
H. Fred Dale

11. Gardening quotes from literature and books

Spring drew on… and a greenness grew over those brown beds which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Huck Finn in Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer

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, The Secret Garden

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin

From the Bible

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Jesus from Matthew 6:28

Gardening poems

flower arrangement:
just two yellow daffodils,
the first to bloom
L. A. Davidson

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Robert Frost

May I a small house and large garden have;
And a few friends,
And many books, both true.
Abraham Cowley

Gardens in Spring
with flowers abound
their scent interwoven
in the wind
Meeta Ahluwalia

12. Gardening captions for Instagram

Use these captions on all your social media posts when you show off a great photograph of your garden.

  • Time outside each day—keeps the doctor away.
  • Gardener’s recipe: one-part soil, two-parts water, three-parts wishful thinking.
  • Easily distracted by plants.
  • Take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
  • Gardeners learn by trowel and error.
  • I love gardening from my head tomatoes.
  • Life is a garden. Dig it.
  • May you never have a problem greater than time in the garden can heal.
  • Gardening is my therapy.
  • Keep calm and garden on.
  • Think outside. No box required.
  • Thyme to garden.
  • Nature is the best Lost & Found. Lose your worries. Find yourself.
  • Weed it and reap.
  • My garden is my happy place.
  • Plants are my friends.
  • It’s amazing how many worries are lost while gardening.
  • Life’s a garden – dig it.
  • I’m a dirty girl.
  • A good gardener always plants in threes. One for the bugs, one for the weather, and one for herself.
  • Sorry I can’t. My plants need me.
  • I’d rather be in my garden.
  • Gardening is my superpower.
  • Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
  • Gardening is dirt cheap therapy.
  • Never underestimate the value of time spent in nature.
  • Nature: the greatest show on earth and admission is free.
  • Garden goddess.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get growin’.
  • Crazy plant lady.
  • Summer should be issued speeding tickets.
  • Plays in the dirt – calls it gardening.
  • Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.
  • I dig gardening!
  • Housework is for people who don’t know how to garden.

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