Here are some of my favorite garden quotes. If you have any to add (or know the author of one of the uncredited quotes), please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God." -- Thomas Jefferson [Get the tee shirt]
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." --Greek proverb [Get the tee shirt]
"I'm not really a career person. I'm a gardener, basically."-- George Harrison
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."-- Abraham Lincoln
"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."-- Claude Monet
"She (or he!) who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see a plant, believes in God."
"To dig one's own spade into one's own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?"-- Beverley Nichols
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." -- Gertrude Jekyll [Get the tee shirt]
"A garden is never so good as it will be next year."-- Thomas Cooper [Get the tee shirt]
"The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world." -- Vita Sackville-West
"Earth laughs in flower."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson [Get the tee shirt]
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."-- Thomas Jefferson
"There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments." -- Janet Kilburn Phillips [Get the tee shirt]
"Cares melt when you kneel in your garden."
"A garden is a friend you can visit any time."
"Friends are flowers in life's garden."
"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends." -- Kozuko Okakura http://www.cafepress.com/NGGardenQuotes]
"Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us." --Wolfgang von Geothe
"If you have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden."
"I garden, therefore I am." [Get the tee shirt]
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." --Aristotle
"Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth." -- Dorothy Frances Gurney
"Don't grumble that roses have thorns, be thankful that thorns have roses." [Get the tee shirt]
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." --William Shakespeare
"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden."-- Minnie Aumonier
"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed." --Francis Bacon
"Cultivate the garden within."
"I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden." --John Erskine
"But each spring...a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground." -- Lewis Gantt
"A weed is only a misplaced plant."
"What is a weed? I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions. For me, a weed is a plant out of place." -- Donald Culross Peattie
"What is a weed? A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." -- Emerson
"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." -- Henry David Thoreau
"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures." -- Francis Bacon [Get the tee shirt]
"The garden is a mirror of the heart."
"One who plants a garden, plants happiness." [Get the tee shirt]
"The garden that is finished is dead."-- H. E. Bates [Get the tee shirt]
"He who plants a tree, plants a hope."
"He who plants a tree loves others besides himself."
"As Rosemary is to the spirit, so Lavender is to the soul."
"Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into."-- Henry Beecher
"As the Garden Grows, so grows the Gardener. [Get the tee shirt]"
"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow." [Get the tee shirt]
"Though an old man, I am but a young gardener."-- Thomas Jefferson
"Nothing is more the child of art than a garden."-- Sir Walter Scott
"God almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures."-- Francis Bacon
"There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt." [Get the tee shirt]
"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul." -- The Koran
"In the Garden, my soul is sunshine." [Get the tee shirt]
"We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden."
"A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul." -- Sadi
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. -- Marcel Proust
"So many seeds -- so little time."
"Where but in a garden do summer hours pass so quickly?"
"Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof."--Julie Moir Messervy
"It is a greater act of faith to plant a bulb than to plant a tree."--Clare Leighton
"All my hurts my garden spade can heal."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"-- Robin Williams
"Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest." --Douglas William Jerrold
"Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than Emperor's."-- Mary Cantwell
"All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb
"God gave us memories that we may have roses in December."--J. M. Barrie
"The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession." -- Phyllis McGinley
"All the wars of the world, all the Caesars, have not the staying power of a lily in a cottage garden."-- Reginald Farrer
"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life." [Get the tee shirt]
"Always remember the beauty of the garden, for there is peace."[Get the tee shirt]
And I saved the the best quote for northern gardeners for last:
"The fair-weather gardener, who will do nothing except when the wind and weather and everything else are favorable, is never master of his [her] craft."-- Henry Ellacombe [Get the tee shirt]
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