Good Garden Quotations

In the process of our move to our new office, as I was filtering through some books I stumbled up Maria Polushkin Robbins’ book A Gardener’s Bouquet of Quotations, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites.

A Garden is a thing of beauty and a job forever.

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

I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses
makes people nice.

-Rowland A. Browne

The great challenge for the garden designer is not to make the garden
look natural, but to make the garden so that the people in it will feel

-Lawrence Halprin

But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want
something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are
people’s idea, not nature’s.


Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues
leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steeped in morning

-Robert Burns

As is the garden such is the gardener.
A man’s nature runs either to
herbs or weeds.

-Francis Bacon

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Unless you take care, the sun will pin you down. Put a hat on that
foolish head of yours when you go out into the fields.

-Farmers Almanac

He who plants a garden, plants happiness.

There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and

-John Steinbeck

What I enjoy is not the fruits alone, but I also enjoy the soil itself,
its nature and its power.


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