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Gardening Quotations

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Gardeners tend to look at the world a little differently and have their own philosophy about gardening and life in general. These quotes represent a sampling of the way gardeners think and live. They also make great signatures for your email. We've tried to give credit to the authors when possible.

A garden is never so good as it will be next year ...Thomas Cooper
A rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
A Weed is but an unloved Flower.
All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.
All things grow with love.
All gardening is landscape painting. ...Horace Walpole
Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the from of perspiration ...Lou Erickson
Gardeners live longer, awaiting another Spring.
Heaven is beneath our feet as well as over our heads ...Henry David Thoreau
He who plants a garden plants happiness.
He who plants a tree loves others besides himself.
How does my garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells.......... and fertilizer, you idiot.
More than anything, I must have flowers always, always ...Claude Monet
The seed is hope; the flower is joy.
There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be still to hear it.
Though an old man I am but a young gardener ...Thomas Jefferson
"Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God" ...Thomas Jefferson
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in" ...Greek proverb
When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy There is always the garden ...M. Aumonier
"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies" ...Gertrude Jekyll
"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends" ...Kozuko Okakura
"Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us" ...Wolfgang von Goethe
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." ...William Shakespeare
"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders" ...Henry David Thoreau
"As Rosemary is to the spirit, so Lavender is to the soul."
"Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow."
"We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden."
"A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul" ...Sadi
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom" ...Marcel Proust
"The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession" ...Phyllis McGinley
"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses ...Hanna Rion
It is good 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 ...James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane
God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done ...Author Unknown
Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed ...Lewis Gannit
And finally, my personal favorite and my own signature
It is easy to age when there is nothing to believe in, nothing to hope for; gardeners, however, simply refuse to grow up. Thomas Jefferson said once, "Though an old man, I am but a young gardener" ...Allan Armitage