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Garden Quotes

We love garden quotes. Garden quotes inspire us even as they serve as the ultimate short-story on gardening.

Here is where we'll archive our favorite garden quotes. We update it regularly, so check back often for written gardening inspiration. We’ve organized these quotes about gardening by the gardener’s last name. Come like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CoHorts, too, for daily inspiration. We share quotes and much, much more all the time!


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

Gardening is not a rational act. ~Margaret Atwood


Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. ~Francis Bacon

One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a packet of seeds. ~Dan Bennett

Gardening makes homebodies of us all. ~Janice Emily Bowers

Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden? ~Robert Brault

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


The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. ~Paul Cezanne

It is apparent that no lifetime is long enough in which to explore the resources of a few square yards of ground. ~Alice M. Coats

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



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

Earth laughs in a flower. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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


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



The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden look natural, but to make the garden so the people in it will feel natural. ~Lawrence Halprin



No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson




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




Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart. ~Russell Page




How dare you treat your soil like dirt! ~Joel Salatin

Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything—except itself. ~May Sarton

I long for the bulbs to arrive, for early autumn chores are melancholy, but the planting of the bulbs is the work of hope and always thrilling. ~May Sarton

Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul. ~Linda Solegato

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


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


The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow. ~author unknown

Hope never dies within a true gardener's heart. ~author unknown



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

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