Garden Quotes We Love

Sometimes, the love for a garden is indescribable. We love how these authors, writers, gardeners and thinkers were able to put it into eloquent words. Read on to see our favorite quotes about gardening.

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“A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.” – Beth Ditto

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

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther

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

“A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.” –  Roberto Burle Marx (after whom many plants are named!)

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” -Ruth Stout

“The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is today.” – Eliud Kipchoge

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

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.” – George Eliot

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“We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands.” – Adolfo Perez Esquivel

“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” –  Confucius

“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.” — Jeff Cox

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

“Anyone who has time for drama is not gardening enough.” — Anonymous

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“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” — H. Fred Dale

“Gardening is a work of a lifetime: you never finish.” — Oscar de la Renta

“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” — Claude Monet

“The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.” Luther Burbank

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

“I thought I was pretty cool until I realized plants can eat the sun and poop out air.” — Jim Bugg

Which one’s your favorite? Did we miss any good ones? Comment below, or share with us on social media!

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