Gardening Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gardening quotes, gardening sayings, and gardening proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.     

Karel Capek

Gardening is ultimately a folly whose goal is to provide delight.     

Deborah Needleman

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.     

Elizabeth Murray

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.     

Gertrude Jekyll

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.     

Francis Bacon

We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.     


The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.     

Alfred Austin

Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.     

Allan Armitage

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

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.     

W.E. Johns

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

Gardening has a magical quality when you are a child.     

Barbara Damrosch

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.     

Gertrude Jekyll

Once we become interested in the progress of the plants in our care, their development becomes a part of the rhythm of our own lives and we are refreshed by it.     

Thalassa Cruso

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.     

Henry David Thoreau

Gardening requires lots of water -- most of it in the form of perspiration.     

Lou Erickson

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.     

Janet Kilburn Phillips

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

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.     

Thomas Jefferson

Successful gardening is doing what has to be done when it has to be done the way it ought to be done whether you want to do it or not.     

Jerry Baker

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.     

May Sarton

We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us.     

Jenny Uglow

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

Robert Brault

Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time.     

William Cowper

All gardening is landscape painting.     

Alexander Pope

How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.     

Alexander Smith

Gardening is not a rational act.     

Margaret Atwood

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

Dan Bennett

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

Phyllis Theroux