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Gardening And Nature Quotes


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

"The commonest forms of amateur natural history in the United States are probably gardening, bird watching, the maintenance of aquarium fish, and nature photography." - Marston Bates

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." - May Sarton

"much of gardening is a struggle against the fecundity of Nature." - Patience Strong

"Apart from painting and gardening, I'm not good at anything." - Claude Monet

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

"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes." - Anonymous

"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 always more or less a warfare against nature. It is true we go over to the 'other side' for a few hints, but we might as well abandon our spades and pitchforks as pretend that nature is everything and art nothing." - Shirley Hibberd

"The English may love gardening and fishing, but they have never struck me as being close to nature. Their way of expression is 'the hollyhocks are awfully good' sort of thing, all done in very good taste. The savagery of nature is something they don't dwell upon." - Denholm Elliott

"I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens. I can not bear gardening, but I love gardens." - Elton John

"I like gardening. I'm really a nature man. I spend as much time as I can in nature. I feel really safe there." - Lars Von Trier

"Liberal gardeners are people who feel that, through gardening, we can alleviate our sense of alienation from nature; and that, through good gardening, we can repair some of the damage we have done to our environment. The most extreme liberals believe that there is an original or a natural state in which the environment would be if we hadn't shown up on the scene, and that we have not only the ability but also a moral imperative to help nature return to this state." - Deborah Needleman

"Being alive is gardening and cooking and birds and green and blue, at the very least." - Charles Bowden

"Cooking, decorating, diet/self-help and gardening books are guilty pleasures and useful time fillers." - Hillary Clinton

"I am good at only two things, and those are gardening and painting." - Claude Monet

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

"I adore gardening, and whenever I have time off, that is my passion." - Oscar De La Renta

"People who have not tried, know so much about gardening! - and so little." - Anna Bartlett Warner

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

"Gardening is full of mistakes, almost all of them pleasant and some of them actually instructive." - Henry Mitchell

"I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one." - Luis Barragan

"I am not quite Martha Stewart, but I do like cooking and gardening." - Dennis Basso

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

"No gunfire, famine, or flies. Just lots of toothpaste, gardening and people stuff." - Mark Z Danielewski

"Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors." - Oscar De La Renta

"How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening." - Alexander Smith

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

"Don't underestimate the therapeutic value of gardening. It's the one area where we can all use our nascent creative talents to make a truly satisfying work of art. Every individual, with thought, patience and a large portion of help from nature, has it in them to create their own private paradise: truly a thing of beauty and a joy for ever." - Geoff Hamilton

"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

"...if we allow ourselves contemplative time in nature-whether it's gardening, going for a walk with the dog, or being in the heart of the southern Utah wilderness-then we can hear the voice of our conscience. If we listen to that voice, it asks us to be conscious. And if we become conscious we choose to live lives of consequence." - Terry Tempest Williams

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

"I do the gardening." - Ken Livingstone

"There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder." - Alfred Austin

"Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw." - Henry David Thoreau

"I'm not surfing much anymore, but I love hiking and gardening, and I'm always wearing a hat and sunblock." - Carolyn Murphy

"I think I may be a better person for having given serious time and thought and effort to gardening." - Martha Stewart

"The profession I have keeps dragging me into drama and taking me away from baking, flowering and gardening." - Lykke Li

"If there was a big gardening convention, and you got up and gave a speech in favor of fast-motion gardening, I bet you would get booed right off the stage. They're just not ready." - Jack Handey

"Gardening is an excellent example of a practice to which, as Alasdair MacIntyre puts it, certain virtues are 'internal'. Good gardening requires a certain goodness on the part of the gardener: care, humility, patience, and respect, for example." - David E. Cooper

"I tried all my life to be a normal person. Stars are in the sky. I like cooking and gardening." - Udo Kier

"Successful gardening is not necessarily a question of wealth, it is a question of love, taste, and knowledge." - Vita Sackville-West

"Go out by yourself, face the wind, hold up your head and thank God for this gardening year." - Richardson Wright

"The language of gardening fuels the senses: talk with your hands, observe with your ears and listen with your eyes." - Costa Georgiadis

"In addition to all its rich offerings to the body and its five senses, gardening engages the mind." - Allen Lacy

"I'm pretty good at gardening. It consumes my time, and it feels like I'm doing something constructive." - Simon Baker

"Gardening has just sort of grown on me. I find it therapeutic. And I like smelly things." - Clive Anderson

"He even knew the reason why: because enough men had gone off to war saying the time for gardening was when the war was over; whereas there must be men to stay behind and keep gardening alive, or at least the idea of gardening; because once that cord was broken, the earth would grow hard and forget her children. That was why." - J M Coetzee

"Gardening is a humbling experience." - Martha Stewart

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

"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"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

"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

"Gardening is a labour full of tranquility and satisfaction; natural and instructive, and as such contributes to the most serious contemplation, experience, health and longevity." - John Evelyn

"Cell culture is a little like gardening. You sit and you look at cells, and then you see something and say, 'You know, that doesn't look right'." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"I now derive physical and spiritual pleasure from gardening and there is tremendous satisfaction in knowing that I could survive almost anywhere if I had to." - Don Henley

"Yup, gardening and laughing are two of the best things in life you can do to promote good health and a sense of well being." - David Hobson

"I got a little house in East L.A. and did the gardening. I was doing some acting here and there, doing my own thing... getting back to reality." - Adam Ant

"The space and light up there in Norfolk is wonderfully peaceful. I find myself doing funny things like gardening, and cooking, which I rarely do in London." - Jeremy Northam

"Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart." - Karel Capek

"Adam was a gardener, and God, who made him, sees that half of all good gardening is done upon the knees." - Rudyard Kipling

"There are thousands of books on the joy of gardening and cooking. Alas, there are only few on the joy of living." - Robert Muller

"For most of that time, I've also been a keen gardener, but for many years I failed to make the connection between gardening and science." - Ken Thompson

"Gardening symbolizes our race's primordial acceptance of a responsibility and role in rectifying the harm done to the creation through sin." - Vigen Guroian

"The art critics on some of Britain's newspapers could as easily have been assigned gardening or travel, and been cheerfully employed for life." - Charles Saatchi

"I don't think we'll ever know all there is to know about gardening, and I'm just as glad there will always be some magic about it!" - Barbara Damrosch

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

"In fishing, golf and gardening, if you don't have a healthy tolerance for your own ineptitude, then it isn't for you." - William Bernard Ziff, Jr.

"We should be rolling in the dirt, gardening, wrestling with some brambles and skinning animals for supper. These are important immune system builders." - Joel Salatin

"My hobby is gardening, I love it, it's my main hobby. I like being at home and I'm very happy being in my house, I love cooking." - Susan Hampshire

"I love being naked. I do everything in the nude, even the gardening! We're Cuban, and it's a hot island. Why not go nude?" - Eva Mendes

"Living in New York after 14 years, I'm such an outdoors kind of person. I love gardening and building things. I like restoring old furniture." - Paige Butcher

"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

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

"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

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

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

"It is far better to limit our choice to real permanencies, which do not require staking... and a general mixture throughout of dwarf shrubs, perennials and ground-covers, with bulbs... This has been called gardening in four layers, and I believe it to be the most satisfying form of gardening." - Graham Stuart Thomas

"Gardening is not trivial. If you believe that it is, closely examine why you feel that way. You may discover that this attitude has been forced upon you by mass media and the crass culture it creates and maintains. The fact is, gardening is just the opposite - it is, or should be, a central, basic expression of human life." - Andrew Weil

"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

"Nature is malleable and nature learns." - David Wolfe

"I did gardening and cooking and drawing and reading to try take the pressure off the music - just being eclectic and putting the fun back in and bringing more innocence in again is really important." - Bat For Lashes

"Nothing can hide from me the conviction that an immortal soul needs for its sustenance something more than visiting, and gardening, and novel-reading, and crochet-needle, and the occasional manufacture of sponge cake." - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

"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

"The genius of reading and of gardening are antagonistic, like resinous and vitreous electricity. One is concentrative in sparks and shocks: the other is diffuse strength; so that each disqualifies its workman for the other's duties." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Reading and gardening are really big for me, along with music and exercise. If I go more than a day or two without a run or a bike ride or something, I start to get kind of itchy and antsy." - Mark Deklin

"My hobbies are cooking and gardening, especially growing orchids. I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea, and I also enjoy tennis. We have 3 cats." - Juliet Mills

"I see my work plagiarized in gardening programmes and decorating programmes and car adverts, and I suppose I have to accept that's just the way art gets assimilated into culture." - Andy Goldsworthy

"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

"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

"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

"My idea of gardening is to discover something wild in my wood and weed around it with the utmost care until it has a chance to grow and spread." - Margaret Bourke-White

"...the thoughtful excitement of lonely rambles, of gardening, and of other like occupations, where the mind has leisure to must during the healthful activity of the body, with the fresh and wakeful breezes blowing round it..." - Augustus William Hare

"Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama." - John Roberts

"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity." - Lindley Karstens

"...the thoughtful excitement of lonely rambles, of gardening, and of other like occupations, where the mind has leisure to must during the healthful activity of the body, with the fresh and wakeful breezes blowing round it..." - Augustus Hare

"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

"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

"Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama." - J M Roberts

"Firmness in all aspects is a most important quality when gardening, not only in planting but in pruning, dividing and tying up. Plants are like babies, they know when an amateur is handling them." - Margery Fish

"The people I see on bicycles look like organic-gardening zealots who advocate federal regulation of bedtime and want American foreign policy to be dictated by UNICEF. These people should be confined." - P. J. O'Rourke

"History is everything in gardening: With a site, weather, a particular plant. It solves mysteries. And it's why, when others say, "You can't do that!" you can know with deepest certainty that you can." - Janet Macunovich

"Georgian England, to see those wonderful houses being built. And the clothes were interesting too, although I wouldn't want to wear a wig. It's also the most beautiful period of English landscape gardening. They had famous gardeners like Capability Brown." - Alan Titchmarsh

"Gardening is a cooperative affair. I am a part of a neighborhood in which plants, dirt, rocks and a human family participate collectively in a love affair with place." - Jim Nollman

"I should like to enflame the whole world with my taste for gardening. There is no virtue that I would not attribute to the man who lives to project and execute gardens." - Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne

"I love a lot of things, and I'm pretty much obsessive about most things I do, whether it be gardening, or architecture, or music. I'd be an obsessive hairdresser." - Gates Mcfadden

"Many talk about a guest worker program. I think most reasonable people believe that a guest worker program in the farming industry, perhaps in the gardening and landscape industries, is reasonable." - Gary Miller

"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

"I am a particular fan of integrative exercise - that is, exercise that occurs in the course of doing some productive activity such as gardening, bicycling to work, doing home improvement projects and so on." - Andrew Weil

"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

"My life is gardening, cleaning around the house and power washing. I power wash everything: my wife, the mailman with the f-cking mail, power wash his ass, f-ck my mail up, I don't care." - J B Smoove

"I have a strong antipathy to everything connected with gardens, gardening and gardeners. . . . Gardening seems to me a kind of admission of defeat. . . . Man was made for better things than pruning his rose trees. The state of mind of the confirmed gardener seems to me as reprehensible as that of the confirmed alcoholic. Both have capitulated to the world. Both have become lotus eaters and drifters." - Colin Wilson

"Gardening imparts an organic perspective on the passage of time." - William Cowper

"Gardening is the best therapy in the world." - C Z Guest

"We are the ancestors of those gardening the universe." - Vanna Bonta

"Gardening is certainly the next amusement to reading." - Mary Wortley Montagu

"Gardening has a magical quality when you are a child." - Barbara Damrosch

"Gardening is in large measure a phenomenon of attention." - Allen Lacy

"All gardening is landscape painting,' said Alexander Pope." - Rebecca Solnit

"Gardening?is one of the most underrated aspects of diplomacy." - George P. Bush

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

"At home, I relax by gardening, or just pottering." - Jennifer Saunders

"And nature must obey necessity." - William Shakespeare

"Nature hates monopolies and exceptions." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nature loves simplicity and unity." - Johannes Kepler

"Me and nature are two." - Woody Allen

"The psychic depths are nature, and nature is creative life." - Carl Jung

"Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy" - Isaac Newton

"Against nature and within nature there is no freedom." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Nature pulls one way and human nature another." - E M Forster

"Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art." - Walter Savage Landor

"Choice and chance structure art and nature." - Frederick Sommer

"One of the things I like about my job is that it draws on the entire person: not just your knowledge of grammar and punctuation and usage and foreign languages and literature but also your experience of travel, gardening, shipping, singing, plumbing, Catholicism, midwesternism, mozzarella, the A train, New Jersey. And in turn it feeds you more experience." - Mary Norris

"I fished a little while ago with a man, not in his first youth, who had wasted the flower of his life on business and golf and gardening and motoring and marriage, and had in this way postponed his initiation (to fly fishing) far too long." - Arthur Ransome

"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

"Gardening is about communication, relationships, routines and life-enrichment. Gardens are places that connect us to the seasons and the life cycle. They're a vehicle for talking about esoteric and - as far as TV goes - alien topics such as beauty and fulfilment." - Costa Georgiadis

"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

"The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives." - Gertrude Jekyll

"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

"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

"I think we all have a dream of what it would be like not to work and grow heir loom tomatoes, and I do have that dream. It would be lovely. I do love gardening and all of that, but I do love my work." - Helen Mirren

"Sometimes my courage fails me and I think I ought to stop working, live in the country and devote myself to gardening. But I am held by a thousand bonds, and I don't know when I shall be able to arrange things otherwise. Nor do I know whether, even by writing scientific books, I could live without the laboratory." - Marie Curie

"Of all human activities, apart from the procreation of children, gardening is the most optimistic and hopeful. The gardener is by definition one who plans for and believes and trusts in a future, whether in the short or the longer term." - Susan Hill

"I think we all have a dream of what it would be like not to work and grow heir loom tomatoes, and I do have that dream. It would be lovely. I do love gardening and all of that, but I do love my work." - Helen Mirren



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