You don’t need acres of cultivated land to put a green thumb to good use. Gardens come in all shapes, sizes, and types. And whether your raised garden beds are brimming with vegetables or you have colorful displays of flowers in every patch of ground, all gardens have the power to bring joy. Gardening may not be for everyone, but for a select few, these gardening quotes inspire us to get planting.
Many of the greatest minds and voices from times past and present claim gardening as a beloved hobby. It takes time, physical labor, and more than a little trial and error, but even the busiest minds find the rewards to be beautiful, delicious, and always worthwhile.
These 30 gardening quotes will speak to the heart of anyone who has found joy in cultivating new life.
1. “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood
2. “Garden as though you will live forever.” — Thomas Moore
3. “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
4. “Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
5. “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” — Doug Larson
6. “My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide: a microcosm of a just and beautiful society. ” — Andrew Weil
7. “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
8. “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
9. “There is something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.” — Ken Kesey
10. “I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.” — C.Z. Guest
11. “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” — Gertrude Jekyll
12. “I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.” — Phyllis Theroux
13. “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” — Thomas Jefferson
14. “Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” — Daniel Webster
15. “All gardening is landscape painting.” — William Kent
16. “The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” — Michael Pollan
17. “Gardening requires lots of water—most of it in the form of perspiration.” — Lou Erickson
18. “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” — May Sarton
19. “The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” — Hanna Rion
20. “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
21. “Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?” — Betsy Cañas Garmon
22. “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” — Elizabeth Lawrence
23. “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
24. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Cicero
25. “Farming is a profession of hope.” — Brian Brett
26. “If you’ve never experiences the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” — Robert Breault
27. “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
28. “An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.” — Leslie Hall
29. “I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.” — Robert Breault
30. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” — Claude Monet
Whether efforts are fruitful or more of a learning experience, no one has ever regretted time spent in a garden. Don’t forget to share these gardening quotes with your fellow nature lovers.