35 Inspirational Gardening Quotes

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A gift for you to enjoy this spring…. 35 Inspirational Gardening Quotes.

Lauren's Grape Poppy

Lauren’s Grape Poppy

If you have a plant and a garden, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Gardening is not a rational act. Margaret Atwood

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

Garden as though you will live forever. William Kent

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

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

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

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

Allium atropurpureum at Chanticleer

Allium atropurpureum at Chanticleer

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature half way. Michael Pollan

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

Gardening is not trivial. If you believe that it is, closely examine why you feel that way. You may discover that this attitude has been forced upon you by mass media and the crass culture it creates and maintains. The fact is, gardening is just the opposite – it is, or should be, a central, basic expression of human life. Andrew Weil

I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds. Margaret Smith

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

Regardless of geographical region or culture gardening is perhaps the most common and shared experience of Nature. S. Kelley Harrell

What is a weed? A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God. Thomas Jefferson

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

Garden Thoughts

‘Garden as though you will live forever.’


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

To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this? John Beverly Nichols

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

All gardeners know better than other gardeners. Chinese Proverb

I have never had so many good ideas as when I worked in the garden day after day. John Erskine

Who has learned to garden who did not at the same learn to be patient? H.L.V. Fletcher, 1949

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

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who makes our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

If I’m ever re-born I want to be a gardener. There is too much to do for one lifetime. Karl Foerster

It didn’t occur to me that… that gardening, like music, could demand practice, patience, a willingness to make mistakes. -Amy Stewart

Thought an old man, I am but a young gardener. Thomas Jefferson

The man who has planted a rose garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. Vita Sackville- West

The garden, historically, is the place where all the senses are exploited. Not just the eye, but the ear – with water, with birds. And there is texture, too, in plants you long to touch. William Howard Adams

Nothing is more the child of art than a garden. Sir Walter Scott

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. Francis Bacon

An addiction to gardening is not bad when you consider all the other choices in life. Cora Lee Bell

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Jayme Bednarczyk May 15, 2014, 1:58 pm

Thank you Fran! Loved the quotes… They came at the perfect time!
Joy! Jayme B

Fran Sorin May 16, 2014, 1:07 am

Jamie- Am so glad. I’m a huge fan of inspirational quotes (if that isn’t obvious!!). Hope you’re having a great spring. Fran

Elle May 16, 2014, 6:13 am

Super compilation Fran…together with the pics makes for a beautiful read with my early morning tea! 🙂

Fran Sorin May 16, 2014, 7:04 am

Thanks dear Elle. Hope you had a beautiful birthday 🙂

Betsy May 16, 2014, 6:47 pm

I love these quotes Fran! Thanks for sharing!

Fran Sorin May 16, 2014, 9:54 pm

With pleasure dear Betsy. I hope you’re having a wonderful spring with time for gardening. xxoo-Fran

Jordi Fàbregas i Carenas May 17, 2014, 12:55 pm

Thanks Fran for this present!!
It has been a pleasure reading these quotes,…I will read them again.

Jan Gable May 18, 2014, 9:32 am

Enjoyed this right after contemplating the idea of “the low maintenance garden” ( a workshop invitation.) The quotes are the perfect answer to my question of whether I am too obsessed. I want to live in my garden, not visit it and find it doing well without me! Thanks, Fran.

Vidya Sury May 18, 2014, 9:42 am

Lovely post, Fran! My Grandmother always said that people who garden are the most compassionate people. After all, they nurture!


Fran Sorin May 18, 2014, 9:21 pm

Vidya- So good to see your beautiful face. I love what your grandmother said. xxoo

Fran Sorin May 18, 2014, 9:23 pm

You’ve got the right idea- as far as I’m concerned. Living in a garden is the only way to breathe it in and let it sink into your soul. You can never become too obsessed as a gardener. Thanks for the comment. Fran

Fran Sorin May 18, 2014, 9:24 pm

Am glad you enjoyed. Fran

Kzee July 27, 2017, 2:28 pm

I love these wonderful collection! Thank you for sharing!

Fran Sorin August 15, 2017, 7:21 am

With pleasure Kzee. Fran

Zahid February 6, 2018, 1:09 pm

All quotes are very inspirational and very beautiful. thanks for sharing

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