a page of gardening quotes
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“Landscape Design is not hard, it is a lot of easy layers.”- Tara Dillard
“The first purpose of a garden is to be a place of quiet beauty such as will give delight to the eye and repose and refreshment to the mind.” ~Gertrude Jekyll, A Gardener’s Testament.
“As overwhelming as your garden might seem, it boils down to three questions: What do you have to work with, what are you hoping to accomplish, and how do you make it happen?” -Billy Goodnick
“Gardening is full of mistakes, almost all of them pleasant and some of them actually instructive.” ~Henry Mitchell
The secret of landscapes isn’t creation…It’s maintenance. ~Michael Dolan
Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first.
Now ’tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; Suffer them now and they’ll o’ergrow the garden.
-William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) King Henry VI, Part II, Act III
“One thing I’ve learned is that the art never looks as good on paper as it does in my imagination.” -Jennifer Thermes (true of gardens ,too!)
“The fair-weather gardener, who will do nothing except when the wind and weather and everything else are favorable, is never master of his craft.”– Henry Ellacombe
5 dollar hole for 50 cent plant.
For all his sophistication, man owes his very existence to four inches of top soil and the fact that it rains.
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell someone else where to dig.
-Texas Bix Bender
“The rake, the hoe, the shears and the broom lie at the very heart of gardening”
“Now the gardener is the one who has seen everything ruined so many times that (even as his pain increases with each loss) he comprehends – truly knows – that where there was a garden once, it can be again or where there never was, there yet can be a garden so that all who see it say, ‘Well, you have favorable conditions here. Everything grows for you’. Everything grows for everybody. Everything dies for everybody, too.”
“There are no green thumbs or black thumbs. There are only gardeners and non-gardeners. Gardeners are the ones who ruin after ruin get on with the high defiance of nature herself, creating, in the very face of chaos and tornado, the bower of roses and the pride of irises. It sounds very well to garden in a ‘natural way.’ You may see the natural way in any desert, any swamp, any leech-filled laurel hell. Defiance, on the other hand, is what makes a gardener.”
“She calls herself a ‘general gardener’ because she grows everything and loves everything that grows.”
The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker, for it involves hours of walking round in circles, apparently doing nothing. ~Helen Dillon
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 gives one back a sense of proportion about everything – except itself. ~May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep, 1968.
Organic gardening isn’t doing nothing, it’s doing the right thing at the right time to have the minimal impact on the natural network.Doug Green
Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time.
- William Cowper
“A person who undertakes to grow a garden at home, by practices that will preserve rather than exploit the economy of the soil, has his mind precisely against what is wrong with us. . . . What I am saying is that if we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. We will begin to understand and to mistrust and to change our wasteful economy, which markets not just the produce of the earth, but also the earth’s ability to produce.”
Many things love to come and live off your plants, including bacteria, bugs, birds, and bunnies. If you don’t control them, entire crops can be ruined. The result of your careful cultivation, in your garden and in your life, can be lost to predators in a short time. . . . Take a look at your life, what toxic relationships, substances and emotions are feeding on your energy and taking away from what you have to give to others. Eliminate them.
-Vivian Elisabeth Glyck
“If well managed, nothing is more beautiful than the kitchen garden.”
~William Cobbett, The English Gardener, 1829
The Soul in the Garden
Often I hear people say, “How do you make your plants flourish like this?” as they admire the little flower patch I cultivate in summer, or the window gardens that bloom for me in the winter; “I can never make my plants blossom like this! What is your secret?” And I answer with one word, “Love.” For that includes all,~the patience that endures continual trial, the constancy that makes perseverance possible,the power of foregoing ease of mind and body to minister to the necessities of the thing beloved, and the subtle bond of sympathy which is as important, if not more so, than all the rest….I am fully and intensely aware that plants are conscious of love and respond to it as they do to nothing else. You may give them all they need of food and drink and make the conditions of their existence as favorable as possible, and they may grow and bloom, but there is a certain ineffable something that will be missing if you do not love them, a delicate glory too spiritual to be caught and put into words. ~Celia Thaxter
Learn to be an observer in all seasons. Every single day, your garden has something new and wonderful to show you.
An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.
When the world wearies, and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
‘The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever-increasing source of happiness.’
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