42 Garden Quotes To Inspire You All Year Long

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Gathered like so many armfuls of blooms from a cutting garden, these garden quotes describe green grasses and lush blossoms, changing seasons, and hard work. Though the hot and humid climate can make cultivating the perfect garden challenging, few places in the world produce more beautiful gardens than the American South. This is why so many Southerners relish in getting their hands dirty outside and watching wonderful things grow. 

Do you already love gardening or want to become someone who does? Whether you’re looking for something inspiring to put in your home, need a quote to accompany a beautiful photograph of your garden, or simply want enjoy your excitement for the hobby, these garden quotes will encourage anyone to try their hand at tilling the earth. It's time to gather your trowels and stakes, and kneel amongst the flowers—we hope these quotes about gardening inspire you to tend your garden this season.

01 of 06

Quotes About Gardens

Sigmund Freud Garden Quote

Southern Living/Grace Canaan

  • “In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.” —Truman Capote
  • "The garden reconciles human art and wild nature, hard work and deep pleasure, spiritual practice and the material world. It is a magical place because it is not divided." —Thomas Moore
  • “Flowers are the music of the ground from earth’s lips spoken without sound.” —Edwin Curran
  • “Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.” —Myron Kaufmann
  • “Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” —Sigmund Freud
  • “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 garden year has no beginning and no end." - Elizabeth Lawrence
  • "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
  • "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
02 of 06

Funny Garden Quotes

Anonymous Garden Quote

Southern Living/Grace Canaan

  • “An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.” —Cora Lea Bell
  • “Don't wear perfume in the garden unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” —Anne Raver
  • “Weeds are nature’s graffiti.” —Janice Maeditere
  • “If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener.” —J.C. Raulston
  • “In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death.” —Sam Llewelyn
  • “A weed is a plant that has mastered every skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” — Doug Larson
  • “God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.” —Anonymous
03 of 06

Religious Garden Quotes

Elizabeth Lawrence Garden Quote

Southern Living/Grace Canaan

  • “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” –Francis Bacon
  • “The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ” –George Bernard Shaw
  • "Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing." –Albert Lighton
  • “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
  • “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” —Luther Burbank
  • “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
  • “I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.” —Phyllis Theroux
04 of 06

Quotes About the Joys of Gardening

Audrey Hepburn Garden Quote

Southern Living/Grace Canaan

  • “Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It’s an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.” —Karel Capek
  • “No single sort of garden suits everyone. Shut your eyes and dream of the garden you’d most love then open your eyes and start planting. Loved gardens flourish, boring ones are hard work.” —Jackie French
  • “To plant a garden is to dream of tomorrow.” —Audrey Hepburn
  • “In his garden, every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation.” —Louise Beebe Wilder
  • “There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling as gathering vegetables one has grown.” —Alice B. Toklas
  • “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” —Minnie Aumonier
  • “Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.” —Mary Cantwell
  • "Garden as though you will live forever." - William Kent
  • "The hum of bess is the voice of the garden." —Elizabeth Lawrence
05 of 06

Quotes About Getting Better at Gardening

Janet Phillips Garden Quote

Southern Living/Grace Canaan

  • “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
  • “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” —Janet Kilburn Phillips
  • “My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” —Fred Dale
  • “Hope is one of the essential tools of a farmer or gardener.” —Amy Stewart
06 of 06

Quotes About the Magic of Gardening

Elizabeth Lawrence Garden Quote

Southern Living/Grace Canaan

  • “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” —Elizabeth Lawrence
  • “Gardening is full of mistakes, almost all of them pleasant and some of them actually instructive.” —Henry Mitchell
  • “A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.” —Wendell Berry
  • “In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.” —Robert Brault
  • “Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?” —Betsy Cañas Garmon
  • "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway." —Michael Pollan
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