Quotes for
the Journey:


Those who plant gardens,
plant happiness.

Chinese Proverb


I look upon the pleasure which we take in a garden as one of the most innocent delights in human life. . . It gives us a great insight into the contrivance and wisdom of Nature, and suggests innumerable subjects for meditation.


When I go into my garden, all the cares, perplexities, and griefs of existence, all the burdens of life slip from my shoulders and leave me with the heart of a little child that asks nothing beyond its present moment of innocent bliss.        -Celia Thaxter

St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden when someone asked what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day.  "I would finish hoeing my garden," he replied.       -Louis Fischer
I use the word "aim" perhaps too loosely, for I surely will have many aims in connection with every garden I attempt; the first perhaps is quite simply to leave a place more beautiful than I find it.        -Russell Page

I do not envy the owners of very large gardens.  The garden should fit its owner or his or her tastes, just as one's clothes do; it should be neither too large nor too small, but just comfortable.       -Gertrude Jekyll

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as the paint, and the soil and sky as the canvas--working with nature provides the technique.       -Elizabeth Murray

The work of a garden bears visible fruits--in a world where most of our labours seem suspiciously meaningless.
-Pam Brown


To cultivate a garden is. . . to go hand in hand with Nature in some of her most beautiful processes, to learn something of her choicest secrets, and to have a more intelligent interest awakened in the beautiful order of her works elsewhere.       -Christian Bovee

I think that gardening is nearer to godliness than theology.       -Vigen Quoiran

Native Americans all over the U.S. and Canada use a term they call the Three Sisters to describe the Native American way of life through the gardening technique of planting corn, beans and squash together on the same mound.  These Three Sisters--corn, beans and squash--supplement and complement each other.  The vines of the bean plant grow up the corn stalk.  The huge leaves of the squash vines keep the ground moist for all of the roots.  The nutritious vitamins from each of the plants escapes into the soil so that they each benefit from one another.        -Deborah Champlain


When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy there's always the garden.      -William Affleck


My garden, with its silence and pulses of fragrance that come and go on the airy undulations, affects me like sweet music.  Care stops at the gates, and gazes at me wistfully through the bars.      -Alexander Smith

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

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a home-grown tomato.      -Lewis Grizzard


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

Those who plant trees plant hope.       -Lucy Larcom

Of course, the character of my garden is also determined by things beyond any human decision, mine or anyone else's.       -Allen Lacy

In one's garden a person may be one's own artist without apology or explanation.  Here is one spot where each may experience the "romance of possibility."      -Louise Beebe Wilder

A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith, the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise.
-Russell Page



If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden.      -Chinese proverb


For the Infinite has sowed his name in the heavens in burning stars, but on the earth he has sowed his name in tender flowers.       -Jean Paul Richter

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


I'm still devoted to the garden. . . although an old man, I am but a young gardener.      -Thomas Jefferson



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It takes time and devotion to learn the language of color and lighting in the garden.  Your tastes are sure to change over time, reflecting your inner evolution.  Seeing the garden as a canvas for your celebration of Nature's palette is a wonderful expression of the soul's love of beauty and artistry.  Your own inner intuition, however, is often your best teacher, but don't forget that Mother Nature will always have a few surprises up Her sleeve as well.  Perhaps your greatest insight will be that this glorious exploration of light and color and their interrelationship is really meant to illuminate the many facets of your being and personality.     -Christopher and Tricia McDowell, The Sanctuary Garden
Look at the soil, feel the soil, smell the soil: The Beginning!
Wise is the person who sees the cherry trees in bloom
and does not say "life is not a bowl of cherries." 
Looking at your garden involves far more than your eyes.
Once we stop looking we often see It right away.    
What I make of my garden depends upon how close I stand to it. 
Gardening tempts you to look, again and again, until the novel is seen. 
If you keep looking for one thing, you will find many.      
A poverty of vision is not the only limitation. 
Sensations flow with the seasons. 
Seeing with one eye and feeling with the other does help bring things into focus.  
Gardening boils down to doing and seeing for yourself.

Mike Garofalo
Pulling Onions
One can get lost in their garden and the rest of the world ceases to exist, if only for a while.  Anger dissipates with every shovel of dirt moved, pleasure is found in the simplest forms, excitement is felt as each tiny plant matures and then triumph with the harvest of the first tomato of the season.  The love of gardening never goes away.  Even if someone is unable to garden themselves, they enjoy the gardens of others.     -Renee Hogan
All gardens, even the most native and naturalistic, benefit from the hand of an artful pruner.  In this season where the garden is poised for the green flood of springtime, remember that our gardens are co-creations, shared with mother earth. And like any good mother, she expects you to tidy up your room.     -Tom Spencer
People are not made to rust out in idleness.  A degree of exercise is as necessary for the preservation of health, both of body and mind, as our daily food.  And what exercise is more fitting, or more appropriate of one who is in the decline of life, than that of superintending a well-ordered garden?  What more enlivens the sinking mind?  What is more conducive to a long life?     -Joseph Breck
Where would the gardener be if there were no more weeds?     -Chuang Tzu


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