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For many people, a garden is their happy place. If you are one of those people and are looking for the best garden quotes, poems and captions, you have come to the right place. We have gathered all the best in the garden quotes including gardener quotes, gardening quotes, inspirational garden quotes, flower garden quotes, funny garden quotes, vegetable garden quotes, short garden quotes, love garden quotes, quotes for gardening in the spring, quotes about a garden, quotes about gardening and nature, quotes on gardens, garden proverbs, garden sayings, gardening sayings, gardener sayings and garden captions.

We have also combined some of our favorite quotes on gardens with our favorite garden photos.

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Garden Quotes

Here are few of our favorite garden quotes.

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“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

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“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?” – Douglas Adams

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” – Hanna Rion

Pink flowers with garden quotes by Rion

“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.” – James Douglas

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

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

“My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.” – Ina Garten

“The more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.” – W. H. Davies

“The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior and the land beyond the garden.” – Stephen Gardiner

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” – W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Gardener Quotes

You’ll love these gardener quotes.

“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.” – May Sarton

“In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.” – Robert Breault

“Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they’re tender. They have to be persistent.” – Ralph Fiennes

“Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise.” – Michael P. Garofalo

Pink roses with gardener quotes by Garofalo

“In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener.” – Robert Rodale

“A gardener’s best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.” – Andy Tomolonis

“I like to think of myself as a natural gardener.” Clive Anderson

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

“I love decorating my home. I’m a gardener too, so that’s usually something I have to play catch up with.” – Suzy Bogguss

“Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history will always be coming full circle.” – Francis Cabot Lowell

“I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.” – Bertrand Russell

“I have always wanted to be a gardener, and I love the time I spend in my garden.” – Pawan Kalyan

“I like flowers. In my next life, maybe I can be a gardener.” – Ruskin Bond

Gardening Quotes

Check out these gardening quotes.

“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

“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.” – Andrew Weil

“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

“How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.” – Alexander Smith

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

“All gardening is landscape painting.” – William Kent

White flowers with gardening quotes by Kent

“There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.” – Mirabel Osler

“We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike.” – Evelyn Underhill

“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 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

In the Garden Quotes

We love these in the garden quotes.

“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

“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.” – Voltaire

“I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden.” – Hayley Mills

Yellow flowers with in the garden quotes by Mills

“Don’t wear perfume in the garden — unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

“It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

“Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.” – Marcelene Cox

“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

“I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me.” – Robert Breault

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

“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

Inspirational Garden Quotes

If you want a little inspiration, check out these inspirational garden quotes. You might also like our list of Short Inspirational Quotes.

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.” – George Eliot

“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.” – D. Elton Trueblood

“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.” – Peter Zumthor

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

“Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.” – Penelope Keith

“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” – Daniel Webster

“Use plants to bring life.” – Douglas Wilson

Yellow roses with inspirational garden quotes by Wilson

“Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.” – Dixie Lee Ray

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

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“Farming is a profession of hope.“ – Brian Brett

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

Flower Garden Quotes

If you like these flower garden quotes you should check out our lists of Short Flower Quotes, Sunflower Quotes, Daisy Quotes, Rose Quotes, and Wildflower Quotes.

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

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“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” – Georges Bernanos

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

“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.“ – Sigmund Freud

“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.” – William Wordsworth

Pink flowers with flower garden quotes by Wordsworth

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

“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.” – Abraham Lincoln

“When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.” – Ramakrishna

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“Flowers are happy things.” – P. G. Wodehouse

“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

“Creating your own urban farm is as simple as planting your flowerbeds with edibles.” – Greg Peterson

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

Funny Garden Quotes

These funny garden quotes will put a smile on your face.

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.” – Lou Erickson

Pink flowers with funny garden qutoes by Erickson

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.” – Thomas Fuller

“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” – Michael Pollan

“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

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

“I’m not a gardener. I wish I was.” – Kate Winslet

“I am a gardener, I have a big green thumb, and I can take care of these plants really easily because they are all fake.” – Liza Koshy

“Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.” – Frank McKinney Hubbard

Vegetable Garden Quotes

Check out these vegetable garden quotes.

“I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener, and it’s in the blood.” – Terry Pratchett

“A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.” – Gertrude Stein

“I also like to garden. I grow things, vegetables, flowers… I particularly like orchids. I raise orchids.” – Beau Bridges

“I know the pleasure of pulling up root vegetables. They are solvable mysteries.” – Novella Carpenter

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Yellow flower with vegetable garden quotes by Gandhi

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.” – Kate Morton

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” – Michael Pollan

“There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues. ” Hal Borland

“Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything — except itself.” – May Sarton

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.” – Russell Page

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling

“But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.” Edna Ferber

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln

Short Garden Quotes

When it comes to garden quotes, short ones are often the best. Pick out your favorite short garden quotes now!

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin

“He plants trees to benefit another generation.” – Caecilius Statius

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker

“Garden as though you will live forever.” – Thomas Moore

Pink flowers with short garden quotes by Moore

“A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“The most lasting and pure gladness comes to me from my gardens.” – Lillie Langtry

“To dwell is to garden.” – Martin Heidegger

“I need my friends, I need my house, I need my garden.“ – Miranda Richardson

“Gardens are a form of autobiography.” – Sydney Eddison

“Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?”  -Betsy Cañas Garmon

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“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

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

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon

“Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” – Mrs. C.W. Earle

“The soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” – Wendell Berry

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.“ – Dalai Lama

“My garden is my favorite teacher.” – Betsy Cañas Garmon

“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” – Carl Linnaeus

“A garden always has a point.” – Elizabeth Hoyt

Love Garden Quotes

If you like these love garden quotes, you might also like our list of Short Love Quotes.

“Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.” – William Cowper

“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

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

“I love things that are indescribable, like the taste of an avocado or the smell of a gardenia.” – Barbra Streisand

“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.” – Gertrude Jekyll

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

Yellow flower with love garden quotes by Jekyll

“One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.” – Robert Fortune

“I love being in my garden. I don’t plant a lot of exotic flora, but I do spend a lot of time outside doing manual labour.” – Jacqueline Bisset

“I love planting. I love digging holes, putting plants in, tapping them in. And I love weeding, but I don’t like tidying up the garden afterwards.“ – Jamaica Kincaid

“I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them. I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.” – Reginald Farrer

Quotes for Gardening in the Spring

If you like these quotes for gardening in the spring, check out our lists of Short Spring Quotes and Funny Spring Quotes.

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

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” – Jessica Harrelson

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” – Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him.” – Kenneth Grahame

“It is spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.” – Marty Rubin

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” – Pablo Neruda

“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” – B. C. Forbes

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” – Ruth Stout

Pink flowers with quotes for gardening in the spring by Stout

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” – Algernon Charles Swinburne

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.” – Audra Foveo

“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” – Christina Rossetti

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.” – Thomas Tusser

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” – John Muir

Quotes About a Garden

We love these quotes about a garden.

“I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” – Robert Bridges

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling

“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” – George Bernard Shaw

“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.” – Robert Fortune

“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

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

Pink flowers with quotes about a garden by Phillips

“Well I do find the beauty in animals. I find beauty everywhere. I find beauty in my garden.” – Doris Day

“No one will understand a Japanese garden until you’ve walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there’s no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience.“ – J. Carter Brown

“I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” – Joseph Addison

“Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them.” – Victoria Glendinning

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.” – Wendell Berry

Quotes About Gardening and Nature

If you like these quotes about gardening and nature you should also check out our list of Short Nature Quotes.

“I think optimism springs from nature. I’m a gardener. Nature has taught me about rhythm, the essence of every art. With so much that is terrible, nature gives me pleasure.” – Mira Nair

“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

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan

Pink flowers with quotes about gardening by Pollan

“Let nature be in your yard.” – Michael P. Garofalo

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

“There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the

Last Quotes on Gardens

Here are our last quotes on gardens.

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran

“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.” – Thomas Moore

“A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.” – Roberto Burle Marx

“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

“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” – Michael Pollan

“Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon

“A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” – Alice Sebold

Red flowers with quotes on gardens by Sebold

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

“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” – Aldo Leopold

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

“How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Garden Proverbs

Check out these great garden proverbs.

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

“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” Chinese Proverb

“The garden is the poor man’s apothecary.” German Proverb

“Life begins the day you start a garden.” Chinese Proverb

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“The seed waits for its garden or ground where it will be sown.” – South African Proverb

“The gardener who loves roses is slave to a thousand thorns.” – Turkish Proverbs

“The flowers in your garden don’t smell as sweet as those in the wild, but they last much longer.”  Chinese Proverb

“A man without a fatherland is like a nightingale without a garden.” – Tajikistani Proverb

“The bad gardener quarrels with his rake.” – American Proverb

Garden Sayings, Gardening Sayings and Gardener Sayings

We’ve got all the best garden sayings, gardening sayings and gardener sayings in one spot.

“Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.”

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

“Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first.” 

“Weed it and reap.”

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”

“Gardeners learn by trowel and error.”

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“Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.”

“Life’s a garden — dig it.”

“God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.”

“Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.”

Garden Captions

If you like these garden captions, you might like our lists of Sunflower Captions and Flower Captions.

Life began in a garden

Having good thymes in the garden

The garden is my happy place

Some people are cat ladies. I’m a plant lady.

Wandering my garden

Stopping to smell the roses

Pink flowers with garden captions

Happiness blooms in my garden

This garden really rose to the occasion

Planting today to harvest tomorrow

Always keep growing

Living life in full bloom

No rain no garden

Felt cute. Might go garden later

Be patient. Nothing in nature blooms all year

Life is short. Buy some plants.

And there you have it! Our list of the best quotes on gardens, quotes for gardeners and quotes on gardening. We hope you found one that spoke to you.

Let us know in the comments below if we missed a quote about gardens or a quote for gardening that should be added.

And enjoy the beautiful gardens that cross your path and add joy to your day.

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