Quotes about living in the garden

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Grace regained in watching the glide of a swan, feeling a lamb's ear (Stachys lanata). 

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I have heard people say, "I garden in lieu of therapy, but therapy would be cheaper." I believe gardening's worth the price since it's at least as effective in curing head and heart of what ails us.

- Janet Macunovich -
see What's Coming Up #109


In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.

-Truman Capote -

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Above, left: In early spring, dwarf Fothergilla (F. gardenii) flowers break bud before the leaves.
Above, right: Serviceberry (
Amelanchier sp.) blooms.

...a garden is mainly ...a space around which interests can be accumulated.

- Graham Stuart Thomas, in Perennial Garden Plants -
see What's Coming Up #65

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Money plant, a.k.a. honesty (Lunaria annua) in bloom and in seed.

...the flowers... Those beautiful creatures that catch the smile of God out of the sky and preserve it.

Mark Twain, in The Diaries of Adam and Eve


We pulled the seeds out and scattered them on their flossy parachutes, leaving only the leathery brownish yellow tongue, soft as the inside of an elbow.

- Margaret Atwood, in The Blind Assassin -

Don't wear  perfume in the garden unless you want to be pollinated by bees.

- Anne Raver -

Don't hesitate to put in a plant that you greatly admire simply because it is supposed to be difficult to grow... The best gardening is experimental as well as ephemeral.

- Christopher Lloyd -
see What's Coming Up #169

Take my last best advice: Try everything twice!

- Janet Macunovich -
see What's Coming Up #62


  More than half a
  century has passed,
  and yet each spring,
  when I wander into
  the primrose wood,
  I see the pale yellow
  blooms and smell their
  sweetest scent -- for a
  moment I am seven
  years old again and
                                                                                wandering in that fragrant wood.

- Gertrude Jekyll -

Love your neighbour, yet don't pull down your hedge.

- Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard's Almanack, 1754 -
see What's Coming Up #87

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Silly gardeners! We buy pretty, comfortable benches and position them oh so carefully. But does the gardener ever sit? No! We perch momentarily and then jump up to do that next thing we see.

- Janet Macunovich -


  I cannot walk into our garden without
  constantly being reminded of the friends
  who have shared their plants.

- Allen Lacy, in The Inviting Garden -


It's my hobby, my vocation, my passion... it may as well be my religion, too. 

- Janet Macunovich -


Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia) leaves expand from the bud.



  A single painted gnome sends out a
  message we think we can read and either
  tolerate or ridicule. If your immediate
  reaction is a patronizing dismissal of both
  gnome and owner, you had better
  examine very carefully your own
  trash-filled life.

- Geoffrey B. Charlesworth,
The Opinionated Gardener
, 1988 -




 ...I make it a point of honour to have a Gnomes2560s.jpgcouple of gnomes in my garden as silent testimony to the right of gnome-lovers everywhere to do their own thing without fear of snide remarks.

- Richard Briers, A Little Light Weeding, 1999 -

Those who stay indoors until the golden flames of forsythia announce to all that spring is here will miss the first crocus...

                   - Elizabeth Lawrence, The Home Garden, 1943 -

Raindrops; dogtooth violet (a.k.a. trout lily, Erythronium canadensis), daily and seasonal wonders too often missed.

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