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Gardening Quotes


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

"I do the gardening." - Ken Livingstone

"Gardening is a humbling experience." - Martha Stewart

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

"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"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

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

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

"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

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

"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

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

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

"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

"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

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

"Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything - except itself." - May Sarton

"The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession." - Phyllis Mcginley

"Gardening...demands a certain attitude. It is necessary to accept the dynamism of vegetation with serenity." - Gilles Clement

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

"gardening is something more than a pastime; it is a religion." - Patience Strong

"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

"Good gardening is very simple, really. You just have to learn to think like a plant." - Barbara Damrosch

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

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

"Gardening is, apart from having children, the most rewarding thing in life" - Alan Titchmarsh

"Do we really require so many gardening programmes, makeover programmes or celebrity chefs?" - David Attenborough

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

"Gardening is ultimately a folly whose goal is to provide delight." - Deborah Needleman

"I believe in gardening the soil as well as the soul." - Costa Georgiadis

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

"gardening is a madness, a folly that does not go away with age. Quite the contrary." - May Sarton

"Gardening requires lots of water... most of it in the form of perspiration." - Louise Erickson

"Writer's block is a myth. I never see the gardeners suffering from gardening block." - Emo Philips

"At the heart of gardening there is a belief in the miraculous." - Mirabel Osler

"Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration." - Lou Erickson

"Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it." - Anonymous

"What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back,-with a hinge in it." - Charles Dudley Warner

"I have rock climbed but not in awhile. Love all sports, reading, cooking, some carpentry, gardening." - Scott Cohen

"The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession." - Phyllis Mcginley

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

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." - Gertrude Jekyll

"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

"I don't hold that everybody has to love fashion. Some people like gardening." - Steven Cojocaru

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

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

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

"To turn ordinary clothes into gardening clothes, simply mix with compost." - Guy Browning

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

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

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

"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

"What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Gardening gloves are for sissies. I always have dirt under my nails." - Hilarie Burton

"Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them. You're always learning." - Helen Mirren

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

"Gardening has compensations out of all proportion to its goals. It is creation in the pure sense." - Phyllis Mcginley

"Gardening gave me a way to work with silence; not "in silence" but "with silence" - it was a silent creativity." - Sara Maitland

"Vegetarians may be appalled, but much of gardening is actually raising animals: the tiny ones under the earth's surface" - Toby Hemenway

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

"The destruction of all Shadowhunters' said Scott. 'I rather thought you knew that. It isn't a gardening club." - Cassandra Clare

"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

"[Gardening] is a means by which you can attain many valuable hours of solitude without being thought unsociable." - Jan Struther

"The worst of gardening is that it's so full of metaphors one hardly knows where to begin." - Jan Struther

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

"Gardening has increased, community gardens have increased significantly. There are 50 percent more community gardens right here in Washington DC." - Michelle Obama

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

"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

"I am so longing to be domestic,, cooking stew, gardening, hopefully having some children, painting, sitting still in one place." - Eve Best

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

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

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

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

"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

"Gardening was something I learned in my youth when I was unhappy. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." - Claude Monet

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"I also enjoy writing my regular column for Organic Gardening magazine, so I may do more of that sort of thing in the future, if anybody wants it!" - 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 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

"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

"I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation." - Phyllis Grissim-Theroux

"Gardening can become a spiritual exercise, teaching us discernment as we eliminate the weeds from our lives, giving what we value room to grow." - Diane Dreher

"The fact is that gardening, more than most of our other activities except sometimes love-making, confronts us with the inexplicable." - Mary Mccarthy

"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

"Men have dominated the field of landscape photography just as they have dominated the land itself. Thus shooting a virgin landscape has been man's work - hunting, not gardening." - Lucy R. Lippard

"I know of no common interest that exceeds gardening as a source of lifelong friendships, nor as a means of making new friends almost constantly." - Allen Lacy

"If I didn't believe that we had a chance of coming to power, then I would have focused on taking care of my three children or gardening." - Marine Le Pen

"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 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

"Just because you've only got houseplants doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit - I look upon myself as an indoor gardener." - Sara Moss-Wolfe

"So you'll be wanting all these hydrangeas chopped down, then? Whatever for? Charmain said. I like to chop things down, the kobold explained. Chief pleasure of gardening." - Diana Wynne Jones

"If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk happy for a long time, fall in love; happy forever, take up gardening." - Arthur Smith

"Gardening is not something to get on your high horse about or be overwhelmed by. Either you enjoy it or you don't." - Kim Wilde

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Somebody informed me recently that the key to every art, from writing to gardening to sculpture, is creativity. I beg to differ." - Roy Blount Jr

"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

"I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation." - Phyllis Theroux

"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

"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

"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

"There is some risk to increase birth defects if you do a lot of outdoor gardening when you are pregnant. That can increase rates of toxoplasmosis." - Emily Oster

"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

"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

"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

"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

"What gardening teaches us is that if you plant things, they'll come up. But you have to be willing to wait for them to bear fruit because things are seasonal." - Alice Walker

"Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion." - Eudora Welty

"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



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