Landscaping Sayings and Quotes

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


Don't worry about perfection. Nature doesn't grow in straight lines.     

Lisa Lubell

To garden, you open your personal space to admit a few, a great many, or thousands of plants which exude charm, pleasure, beauty, oxygen, conversation, friendship, confidence, and other rewards should you succeed in meeting their basic needs.  This is why people garden.  It can be easy but challenging, and the rewards are priceless.     

Tom Clothier

You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can't just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.     

Bootsy Collins

All gardening is landscape painting.     

William Kent

Good planting design does not follow a formula. At best, it allows you to experiment with nature and through nature to make an original statement. As in all of the arts, the best garden designers take risks. Only by taking risks can you come up with something exciting and original.     

James Van Sweden

Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature.     

Penelope Hobhouse

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.     

George Eliot

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

Alfred Austin

Gardening is any way that humans and nature come together with the intent of creating beauty.     

Tina James

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

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.     

Francis Bacon

The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.     

Gertrude Jekyll

Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is triumph of hope over experience. Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as the canvas.     

Elizabeth Murray

In the creation of a garden, the architect invites the partnership of the Kingdom of Nature. In a beautiful garden the majesty of nature is ever present, but it is nature reduced to human proportions and thus transformed into the most efficient haven against the aggressiveness of contemporary life.     

Luis Barragan

The gardener's work is never at end; it begins with the year, and continues to the next: he prepares the ground, and then he sows it; after that he plants, and then he gathers the fruits.     

John Evelyn

Gardening is the work of a lifetime: You never finish.     

Oscar de la Renta

Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.     

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Gardening is a labour full of tranquility and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity.     

John Evelyn

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

May Sarton

Every garden is unique with a multitude of choices in soils, plants and themes. Finding your garden theme is as easy as seeing what brings a smile to your face.     

Teresa Watkins

There's little risk in becoming overly proud of one's garden because gardening by its very nature is humbling. It has a way of keeping you on your knees.     

Joanne R. Barwick

Gardening is a humbling experience.     

Martha Stewart

Texture and foliage keep a garden interesting through the season. Flowers are just moments of gratification.     

Kevin Doyle

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

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.     

Audrey Hepburn

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

The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an a vocation. It becomes an obsession.     

Phyllis McGinley

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade.     

Rudyard Kipling

The first law of a painting and of a picture on the soil is to be a whole . . . Without principles and without discernment one never attains veritable beauty.     

Edouard Andre