35 inspirational gardening quotes and famous proverbs

Get inspired by these famous gardening quotes and old proverbs. Read words of wisdom on plants, flowers, weeds and what gardening means to us all.

 

Gardening Quotes: If you have a garden and a library,   you have everything you need. - Cicero

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Garden as though you will live forever. – William Kent

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

 

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

 

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

 

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, Love’s Labours Lost 

 

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

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

 

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone. – Unknown

 

Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. – Unknown

 

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

 

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. – Claude Monet

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. – Claude Monet

 

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

 

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

 

All gardeners know better than other gardeners. – Chinese proverb

 

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

 

Gardening Quotes: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now. – Unknown

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What are your favourite gardening quotes or wise words? Let me know!

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3 Comments

  1. Joey December 24, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    He who plants a garden, plants happiness. Chinese proverb.

  2. Kzee July 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    thank you for you wonderful quotations collection..

  3. Jocasta August 3, 2018 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    ‘How lovely is the silence of growing things.’

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