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50 Garden Quotes that Encourage Growth

Published on December 28, 2019 7:54 AM EST
50 Garden Quotes that Encourage Growth

Use these garden quotes to inspire growth in your life. 

There is no feeling quite like that of your fingers digging in the earth. Or a smell as beautiful as freshly cut roses.

50 Garden Quotes that Encourage Growth

If you’re a gardener, then you know the hard work and dedication that is needed to grow a bursting garden. You’ve probably also felt that disappointment when what you’re growing doesn’t bloom as bountiful as you had expected. As the saying goes, gardening is trowel and error. 

So, whether you are a gardening expert, or if your thumb isn’t as green as you’d like it to be, take a look at these insightful gardening quotes that will inspire you to grow both your garden and your mind.

Garden quotes that encourage personal growth

 1.) “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” — Gertrude Jekyll

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

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

4.) “Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.” – Helen Mirren

5.) “Gardening is a humbling experience.” – Martha Stewart

6.) “When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.” ― Horace Walpole

7.) “At Christmas I no more desire a rose, than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows.” – William Shakespeare

8.) “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

9.) “Life begins the day you start a garden.” – Chinese proverb

10.) “The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.” — Rabindranath Tagore

11.) “A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.” — Dogen

Garden quotes that reflect on society

12.) “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb

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

14.) “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

15.) “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keefe

16.) “Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.”  — Sigmund Freud

17.) “All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” – Chinese proverb

Garden quotes about achievement and hard work

18.) “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” – May Sarton

19.) “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet

20.) “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” – Robert Brault

21.) “Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.” – Mary Cantwell

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

23.) “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” Liberty Hyde Bailey

Garden quotes on happiness

24.) “Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

25.) “It’s true that I have a wide range of interests. I like to write and paint and make music and go walking on my own and garden. In fact, gardening is probably what I enjoy doing more than anything else.” – Viggo Mortensen

26.) “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” — Luther Burbank

27.) “I enjoy painting, cutting the lawn and working in the garden when I have time. That’s therapy for me. I enjoy working with my hands.” — Billy Williams

28.) “There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.” — Ken Kesey

29.) “I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” – David Hobson

30.) “Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” – Oscar de la Renta

31.) “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” –Oscar Wilde

32.) “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood

33.) “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.” — D. H. Lawrence

34.) “I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.” — C. Z. Guest

Garden quotes that are optimistic

35.) “Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.” – Allan Armitage

36.) “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse

37.) “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” — Abraham Lincoln

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

39.) “An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up.” — Leslie Hall

40.) “Farming is a profession of hope.” — Brian Brett

41.) “In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.” — Abram L. Urban

Garden quotes that show the beauty of nature

42.) “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

43.) “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” — A.A. Milne

44.) “What is a weed? A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

45.) “I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.” –Walt Disney

46.) “A good garden may have some weeds.” – Thomas Fuller

47.) “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

48.) “A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” — Michael Pollan

49.) “A weed is but an unloved flower.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

50.) “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent van Gogh

Do these garden quotes have you reaching for your spade? 

When life seems like it is getting too crazy, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Let these garden quotes inspire you to take a step outside and into the beauty of nature. These quotes and proverbs reflect on how beautiful this planet is. Let them be a reminder to take a break from the buzz of the modern world and to stop and smell the roses. 

Whether you are personally digging up weeds and potting seeds or prefer to visit someone else’s garden, try to make time, every once in a while, to relax in a sun with your feet dug deep into the dirt. You might be surprised at how much you are inspired when you are at one with nature. 

Which of these garden quotes resonated with you best? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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