50 Inspirational Garden Quotations (with photos)

1​​​​

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.

2​​​​

Flowers ... are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
-- Luther Burbank

3​​​​

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
-- Franz Kafka

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4​​​​

(Pixabay photo)

A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than 
the metaphysics of books.
-- Walt Whitman

5​​​​

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

6​​​​

Too old to plant trees for my own gratification,
I shall do it for my posterity.
-- Thomas Jefferson

7​​​​

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!'
and sitting in the shade.
-- Rudyard Kipling

8​​​​

Gardening is an active participation in
the deepest mysteries of the universe.
-- Thomas Berry

9​​​​

Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.
-- unknown

10​​​​

The greatest gift of the garden
is the restoration of the five senses.
-- Hanna Rion

11​​​​

Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains. 
-- Paul Harvey

12​​​​

Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls:
all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations,
seductive surprises and then still more curves.
-- H.E. Bates

13​​​​

You can count the number of seeds in an apple
but you can't count the number of apples in a seed.

14​​​​

Nothing so stirs the senses like a morning in the garden.
-- Walt Whitman

15​​​​

Plant a shade tree under which you will never sit.

16​​​​

If you have a garden and a library,
you have everything you need.
-- Cicero

17​​​​

The home gardener is part scientist, part artist,
part philosopher, part ploughman.
-- John R. Whiting

18​​​​

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

19​​​​

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

20​​​​

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

21​​​​

Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.
-- Mary Cantwell

22​​​​

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

23​​​​

(source)

He who plants a garden, plants happiness.
-- Chinese proverb

24​​​​

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

25​​​​

In gardens, beauty is a by-product.
The main business is sex and death.
-- Sam Llewellyn

26​​​​

Just living is not enough ...
one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
-- Hans Christian Andersen

27​​​​

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

28​​​​

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
-- Churchill

29​​​​

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
-- Claude Monet

30​​​​

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.
-- Andrew Wyeth

31​​​​

There are no lines in nature, only areas of color,
one against another.
-- Edouard Manet

32​​​​

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

33​​​​

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

34​​​​

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
-- Francis Bacon

35​​​​

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.  (John Keats)

A garden is a thing of beauty and a job forever.  (Richard Briers)

36​​​​

All gardening is landscape painting.
-- William Kent

37​​​​

A flower is an educated weed. 
 -- Luther Burbank

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.  
-- Mark Twain

38​​​​

Life begins the day you start a garden.
-- Chinese proverb

39​​​​

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

40​​​​

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.
-- author unknown

41​​​​

 Garden:  One of a vast number of free outdoor restaurants operated by charity-minded amateurs in an effort to provide healthful, balanced meals for insects, birds and animals. .
-- Henry Beard

42​​​​

A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect
can only advise his clients to plant vines.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

43​​​​

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

44​​​​

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
-- Jorge Luis Borges

45​​​​

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
-- Bruce Lee

46​​​​

I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order.
-- John Burroughs

47​​​​

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me
an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus

48​​​​

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-- Anais Nin

49​​​​

I never before knew the full value of trees.
Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.
-- Thomas Jefferson

50​​​​

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state
of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
-- George Santayana