1. Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
2. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
3. Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.
4. I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
6. Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
7. The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.
8. A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
9. Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
10. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
11. Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.
12. 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.
13. Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
14. From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.
15. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
16. I love decorating my home. I’m a gardener too, so that’s usually something I have to play catch up with.
17. Garden as though you will live forever.
18. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
19. To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
20. It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
21. A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.
25. Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
26. A weed is but an unloved flower.
27. What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
28. A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
29. Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
30. I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
31. 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
32. 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.
33. A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
34. I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.
35. Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.
36. The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
37. Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
38. Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
39. My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide: a microcosm of a just and beautiful society.
40. Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.
41. Sometimes, as is the case of peach and plum trees, which are often dwarfed, the plants are thrown into a flowering states, and then, as they flower freely year after year, they have little inclination to make vigorous growth.
42. The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.
43. Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
44. 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.
45. It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
46. There’s something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy.
47. It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
48. He plants trees to benefit another generation.
49. The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.
50. You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.
51. How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.
52. What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
53. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
54. By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
55. I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
56. When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.
57. Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.
58. In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.
59. One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.
60. I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.