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"Garden making, like gardening itself, concerns the relationship of the human being to his natural surroundings." - Russell Page

"The garden is a metaphor for life, and gardening is a symbol of the spiritual path." - Larry Dossey

"Rock 'n' Roll, no roses or gardening." - Tina Charles

"Computers, singing, reading, painting and gardening are my hobbies." - Arfa Karim

"It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not." - W. C. Sellar

"It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not." - W.C. Sellar

"I have an armchair interest in gardening, but I don't like to get my knees dirty. I don't have a garden." - Nick Cave

"I'm mad about gardening. I have an allotment on the other side of Hampstead Heath, and I keep three hens in my garden." - Deborah Moggach

"Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. "The Spirit is a garden," said he" - Victor Hugo

"Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. 'The Spirit is a garden,' said he" - Victor Hugo

"I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me." - Robert Breault

"My garden, by the sea" - Stefan Szczesny

"We must cultivate our garden." - Voltaire

"Let us cultivate our garden." - Voltaire

"To dwell is to garden." - Martin Heidegger

"I think gardening is nearer to godliness than theology. True gardeners are both iconographers and theologians insofar as these activities are the fruit of prayer 'without ceasing.' Likewise, true gardeners never cease to garden, not even in their sleep, because gardening is not just something they do. It is how they live." - Vigen Guroian

"Gardening as far as Gardening is Art, or entitled to that appellation, is a deviation from nature; for if the true taste consists, as many hold, in banishing every appearance of Art, or any traces of the footsteps of man, it would then be no longer a Garden." - Joshua Reynolds

"We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike." - Evelyn Underhill

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." - Alfred Austin

"When I go into the garden, I forget everything. It's uncomplicated in my world of gardening. It's trial and error, really. If something doesn't work, it comes out, and you start all over again." - Emilia Fox

"Respect, of course is a tricky term. I may respect your gardening by just letting you get on with it. Or, I may respect it by admiring it and regarding it as a superior way to garden." - Simon Blackburn

"It's true that I have a wide range of interests. I like to write and paint and make music and go walking on my own and garden. In fact, gardening is probably what I enjoy doing more than anything else." - Viggo Mortensen

"My favorite hobby is being alone. I like to be alone. I also like dancing, fishing, playing poker sometimes and vegetable gardening - corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, I have a big garden every year." - Emanuel Steward

"Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history." - David Chang

"I'm really into gardening." - Brea Grant

"I do the gardening." - Ken Livingstone

"I like gardening - it's a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself." - Alice Sebold

"I still love farming and gardening and things like that in the summertime." - Blake Shelton

"My life is gardening, cleaning around the house and power washing." - J B Smoove

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. Share the botanical bliss of gardeners through the ages, who have cultivated philosophies to apply to their own - and our own - lives: Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are." - Alfred Austin

"Mary is the lily in God's garden." - Bridget of Sweden

"A garden always has a point." - Elizabeth Hoyt

"I love a garden and a book." - Eliza Lucas

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

"Our earthly ball a peopled garden." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Everyone should cultivate a secret garden." - Esther Perel

"This is brave Bear-Garden language!" - Jeremy Collier

"The Garden State will never leave me." - Richie Sambora

"I garden. It's very relaxing to me." - Siri Hustvedt

"What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?" - Roy Rogers

"A good garden may have some weeds." - Thomas Fuller

"There is a theology to gardening that few of us consider, but to understand this theology means relinquishing much control - our arsenal of books, techniques, tools, chemicals, fertilizers, fancy hybrids, and expectations. Yet, that is exactly what we must do if we are to fully embrace a more spiritual form of gardening. As a part of Nature we must learn to enter our garden as if it were truly sacred, we must learn to enter with humility." - Christopher McDowell

"Gardening is a humbling experience." - Martha Stewart

"Gardening is all about optimism." - Mary Anne Radmacher

"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"I like the physical activity of gardening. It's kind of thrilling. I do a lot of weeding." - John Hurt

"This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden." - Rumi

"The Gardener does not create the Garden. The Garden creates the Gardener." - Alan Chadwick

"You'll never have a garden - a garden needs walls and you have no walls." - Russell Page

"That's what depression had wrought inside me: one, vast, barren rock garden-without the garden" - Peter Mcwilliams

"The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior and the land beyond the garden." - Stephen Gardiner

"I travel the garden of music, thru inspiration. It's a large, very large garden, seen?" - Peter Tosh

"God Almighty first planted a Garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks. And a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely, as if gardening were the greater perfection." - Francis Bacon

"If the art of gardening is at last to turn back from her extravagances and rest with her other sisters, it is, above everything, necessary to have clearly before you what you require . . . It is certainly tasteless and inconsistent to desire to encompass the world with a garden-wall, but very practicable and reasonable to make a garden . . . into a characteristic whole to the eye, heart, and nderstanding alike." - Friedrich Schiller

"Crouchers move through a garden at a stoop: naming, gasping, horraying, admiring or coveting plants; Gapers saunter, smiling or sighing at what they find, succumbing to an intangible beatitude that takes them for a brief escape into another dimension. Both sorts of gardener are besotted; both get their hands dirty; think and talk gardening; but on the threshold of another's garden, each use a different set of whiskers." - Mirabel Osler

"One of the greatest virtues of gardening is this perpetual renewal of youth and spring, of promise of flower and fruit that can always be read in the open book of the garden, by those with an eye to see, and a mind to understand." - Edward Augustus Bowles

"Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed." - Lewis Gannett

"It is my hope that our garden's story-and the stories of gardens across America-will inspire families, schools, and communities to try their own hand at gardening and enjoy all the gifts of health, discovery, and connection a garden can bring." - Michelle Obama

"I could go on and on. But that is just what gardening is, going on and on. My philistine of a husband often told with amusement how a cousin when asked when he expected to finish his garden replied 'Never, I hope'. And that, I think, applies to all true gardeners." - Margery Fish

"Gardening is really an extended form of reading, of history and philosophy. The garden itself has become like writing a book. I walk around and walk around. Apparently people often see me standing there and they wave to me and I don't see them because I am reading the landscape." - Jamaica Kincaid

"Gardening is like everything else in life, you get out of it as much as you put in. No one can make a garden by buying a few packets of seeds or doing an afternoon's weeding. You must love it, and then your love will be repaid a thousandfold, as every gardener knows." - Margery Fish

"I'm interested in acting as much as I'm interested in gardening. I want to garden, eventually. I want to learn how to do a lot of things. I've always wanted to learn how to paint, too. I'd like to try everything, but music is my reason for living." - Bradford Cox

"I'm an artist. Gardening is my graffiti. I grow my art. I use the garden soil like it's a piece of cloth, and the plants and the trees, that's my embellishment for that cloth. You'd be surprised what the soil can do if you let it be your canvas." - Ron Finley

"As for vegetables, I do not consider a plot of ground devoted to them worthy of the honorable name of garden. Vegetables are, of course, a part of gardening, but the least, the last, -for those who do not have to raise them, the most dishonorable part." - Harrison Gray Otis Dwight

"I read, go for walks and I love to garden. My hands are such a mess. People think I should have movie star hands, but they're just gardening ones. Always slightly grubby and with a bit of dirt under the fingernails." - Amanda Donohoe

"I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land." - Julie Moir Messervy

"I adore gardening and plan to take it up properly when I have a bit more time on my hands. Until then, I love pottering in garden centres. I'm totally low maintenance. I don't ask for fancy plants, just basic, long-lasting shrubs that look nice. But I am particular about flowers." - Shilpa Shetty

"In the world at large, people are rewarded or punished in ways that are often utterly random. In the garden, cause and effect, labor and reward, are re-coupled. Gardening makes sense in a senseless world. By extension, then, the more gardens in the world, the more justice, the more sense is created." - Andrew Weil

"My passion for gardening may strike some as selfish, or merely an act of resignation in the face of overwhelming problems that beset the world. It is neither. I have found that each garden is just what Voltaire proposed in Candide: a microcosm of a just and beautiful society." - Andrew Weil

"I grew up at my grandmother's house, and she had a beautiful garden. I used to hate mowing the lawn and weeding, which is what you do when you're a kid. I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens." - Elton John

"One of the most delightful things about gardening is the freemasonry it gives with other gardeners, and the interest and pleasure all gardeners get by visiting other people's gardens. We all have a lot to learn and in every new garden there is a chance of finding inspiration - new flowers, different arrangement or fresh treatment for old subjects. Even if it is a garden you know by heart there are twelve months in the year and every month means a different garden, and the discovery of things unexpected all the rest of the year." - Margery Fish

"To cultivate a garden is to walk with God." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Walking around an early spring garden- going nowhere." - Kyoshi Takahama

"Tend your own garden: savor the blossoms, trim the weeds." - Ron Kaufman

"You may be on land, yet not in a garden." - George Herbert

"Love, the life-giving garden of this world." - Rumi

"If you rest too long the weeds take the garden." - Jim Rohn

"Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage." - Henry David Thoreau

"Complete garbage. It's like Garden State, but in outer space." - Zach Braff

"Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow" - Paulo Coelho

"True humility is a flower which will adorn any garden." - Charles Spurgeon

"Nothing grows in our garden, only washing. And babies." - Dylan Thomas

"A garden makes all our senses swim with pleasure." - William Lawson

"My heart is a garden tired with autumn." - Sara Teasdale

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." - Audrey Hepburn

"Where humanity sowed faith, hope, and unity, joy's garden blossomed." - Aberjhani

"Truth is rare fruit in garden of murder." - Earl Derr Biggers

"A garden is a private world or it is nothing." - Eleanor Perenyi

"Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating" - Mike Tyson

"Wherever humans garden magnificently, there are magnificent heartbreaks." - Henry Mitchell

"Don't let pain keep you out of the garden" - Welwyn Wilton Katz

"You feed it all your woes, the ghostly garden grows." - Joni Mitchell

"Nothing so pretty to look at as my garden!" - Mary Russell Mitford

"The snake stood up for evil in the Garden." - Robert Frost

"Success is buried in the garden of failure." - Rick Wakeman

"Happiness must be grown in one's own garden." - Mary Engelbreit

"Excellently observed", answered Candide; "but let us cultivate our garden." - Voltaire

"Go into the garden and get me a pumpkin." - Charles Perrault

"The toad, without which no garden would be complete." - Charles Dudley Warner

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." - Proverbs

"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden." - Anonymous

"Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life." - Anonymous

"A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart." - Anonymous

"And this, my lovely child, is your garden." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

"It is up to us to cultivate our garden." - Voltaire

"Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls." - Alfred Tennyson

"In God's garden of Grace, even broken trees bear fruit." - Rick Warren

"Temptation has been here ever since the Garden of Eden." - Jerry Falwell

"There's a black rose growing in your garden." - Hilda Doolittle

"Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot." - Dixie Lee Ray

"God the first garden made, and the first city Cain." - Abraham Cowley

"Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too." - William Cowper

"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own." - Alice Walker

"I did a salad, but I didn't do a garden." - Roberto Burle Marx

"We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us." - Jenny Uglow

"We're in Madison Square Garden, I can't let you beat me in Madison Square Garden, are you serious!?" - Roy Jones Jr.

"It is not the gardener that makes the garden. It is the garden that makes the gardener." - Alan Chadwick

"A garden without cats, it will be generally agreed, can scarcely deserve to be called a garden at all." - Beverley Nichols

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job." - George Bernard Shaw

"gardening is a madness and a rapture." - Faith Sullivan

"The real lowdown on gardening is ... dirt." - Texas Bix Bender

"There is no gardening without humility" - Alfred Austin

"Gardening is an instrument of grace." - May Sarton

"Gardening is the instrument of grace." - May Sarton

"Gardening transcends everything that otherwise divides us." - Allen Lacy

"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures." - Francis Bacon

"Gardening always has been an art, essentially." - Robert Irwin

"Gardening is not a rational act." - Margaret Atwood

"Beyond its practical aspects, gardening - be it of the soil or soul - can lead us on a philosophical and spiritual exploration that is nothing less than a journey into the depths of our own sacredness and the sacredness of all beings. After all, there must be something more mystical beyond the garden gate, something that satisfies the soul's attraction to beauty, peace, solace, and celebration." - Christopher McDowell

"It's amazing how much time one can spend in a garden doing nothing at all. I sometimes think, in fact, that the nicest part of gardening is walking around in a daze, idly deadheading the odd dahlia, wondering where on earth to squeeze in yet another impulse buy, debating whether to move the recalcitrant artemisia one more time, or daydreaming about where to put the pergola." - Jane Garmey

"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating." - Wendell Berry

"This planet is an exquisitely arranged and interconnected system. What's controlled in one place is going to have consequences in another place. Our job as gardeners is to try and figure this out no matter how small our allotted space might be. Discipline has to be the watchword for our controlling hands. It means not gardening without thinking of the garden as a habitat: for mice, for squirrels, for bees and wasps. For other living creatures beyond ourselves." - Marjorie Harris

"You have two gardens: your own garden and that of your beloved. First, you have to take care of your own garden and master the art of gardening. In each one of us there are flowers and there is also garbage. The garbage is the anger, fear, discrimination, and jealousy within us. If you water the garbage, you will strengthen the negative seeds. If you water the flowers of compassion, understanding, and love, you will strengthen the positive seeds. What you grow is up to you." - Nhat Hanh

"so my grandmother was not without humanity. and if she wore cocktail dresses when she labored in the garden, they were cocktail dresses she no longer intended to wear to cocktail parties. even in her rose garden she did not want to appear underdressed. if the dresses got too dirty from gardening, she threw them out. when my mother suggested to her that she might have them cleaned, my grandmother said, "what? and have those people at the cleaners what i was doing in a dress to make it that dirty?" from my grandmother i learned that logic is relative." - John Irving

"One does not begin to make a garden until he wants a garden. To want a garden is to be interested in plants, in the winds and rains, in birds and insects, in the warm-smelling earth." - Liberty Hyde Bailey

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

"When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought, that is when a Zen garden comes to life. When you contemplate a garden like this it will form as lasting impression on your heart." - Muso Soseki

"Inside each one of us is a beautiful flower garden. This is the garden of the soul. With each lesson we learn, the garden grows. As we learn together, our individual gardens form a tranquil paradise." - Sri Chinmoy

"My position is that since the non-secular status of my garden is not recognised by the law; by the world of the public, then the garden can only be private. So, I closed the garden to the public." - Ian Hamilton Finlay

"You can drive the devil out of your garden but you will find him again in the garden of your son." - Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi

"Tell me what is sorrow? It is a garden-bed. And what is joy? It is a little rose, Which in that garden grows." - Richard Henry Stoddard

"Really, what [sea] ice does is it acts like a garden. ... Losing that ice is like losing the soil in a garden." - Paul Nicklen

"How I would love to be transported into a scented Elizabethan garden with herbs and honeysuckles, a knot garden and roses clambering over a simple arbor." - Rosemary Verey

"It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional." - Robert Breault

"Every garden-maker should be an artist along his own lines. That is the only possible way to create a garden, irrespective of size or wealth." - Vita Sackville-West

"To counter-balance the natural humility of motherhood, I garden ... In the garden, more than any place, I really feel successful." - Glenda Jackson

"You can be a flower in somebody's garden or a pig or the sunshine or a crow or a nightingale! Be something nice in someone else's garden." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"In looking back we remember only the triumphant consummations of each season. Failures and frustrations are forgotten; garden-memories are as perfect as garden-hopes." - Patience Strong



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