Favorite Gardening Quote...

ccJune 22, 1998

I have many quotes about gardening and nature that I love but I think one of my favorites is "Gardening is an instrument of grace" (May Sarton). Anyone have a favorite they'd like to share? I'd love to hear...

Meanwhile, here in Indiana, it's hot, it's humid... yup, it's officially summer!

Happy gardening! : - )

Carol

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Ann II

To be happy for an hour get drunk.
To be happy for a day kill your pig and eat it.
To be happy for a week get married.
To be happy for a lifetime plant a garden.

    Bookmark   June 23, 1998 at 8:46PM
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Kathy Miller

A friend sent me this from a garden magazine and it touched me...

"You are the kind of FRIEND who would overlook my broken fence to admire my flowers."

Maybe more about friendship than gardening, but I liked it very much.

Here is a link that might be useful: Olympic Views: The Miller Garden Page

    Bookmark   July 5, 1998 at 3:14AM
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gram24

"The less help you have in a garden the more yours it is"

    Bookmark   July 7, 1998 at 4:13PM
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jeannette(Canada)

This quote concerning appreciation for foliage comes off a T-shirt. "With fronds like you, who needs anemones".

    Bookmark   July 14, 1998 at 3:26PM
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Ulrika W., Sweden

"A garden is a symbol of man's arrogance, perverting nature to human ends ..."

From "The Lost Gardens of Heligan", by Tim Smit. This always comforts me when nature (= weeds) are threatening to reclaim my garden ;-)

/Ulrika

    Bookmark   July 15, 1998 at 9:15AM
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katie(Zone 8a NoCA)

I laugh every time I read this on my refrigerator. It's from a newspaper article, author unknown.

"My rule of green thumb for mulch is to double my initial estimate of bags needed plus three. Then I'm only two bags short."

Only too true!

    Bookmark   July 15, 1998 at 9:24PM
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DP

In my garden I have a stone etched with the following,
"Heaven is not merely over our heads but under our feet"
it's by Thoreau....and it's great for us because we live on a pond!

    Bookmark   July 29, 1998 at 10:44PM
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Christy(z6)

Don't know where I read (perhaps this site, even), and not sure it is exact. Regarding ducks as natural predators of slugs...."You don't have too many slugs, you merely have a difficiency of ducks."

    Bookmark   July 31, 1998 at 11:14PM
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debi

"We come from the earth.
We return to the earth.
And in between we garden."

    Bookmark   August 5, 1998 at 2:34PM
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Mar

The new Getty Museum in Los Angeles has a garden too new to really appreciate but the structures and layout are beautiful. On a stone tablet there is a quote from Irwin that includes the phrase..."ever changing...never twice the same. Does anyone out there know the rest?

    Bookmark   August 7, 1998 at 1:39AM
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bryan(z7 Atlanta)

first favorite "the best fertilizer is the gardeners shadow"
second " there is always next year"

bryan

    Bookmark   August 24, 1998 at 12:44PM
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Jennifer(5 MI)

Hi cc, from a fellow Lafayette-ian. My favorite is:

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the bird for mirth
One is nearer to God in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

I may not have this quoted exactly right, but I know I feel closest to God when I am in my garden.

    Bookmark   August 25, 1998 at 11:34PM
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Jane(48182)

"A perennial is a plant that would have come back year after year if it had survived." I use that when my husband asks "How long will it live?"

    Bookmark   September 17, 1998 at 10:41PM
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Casey Pastine

Zucchinis terrific!
Like bunnies, prolific!

    Bookmark   October 9, 1998 at 6:42PM
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Trish

I am currently doing some research for South Africa's National Botanical Insititute's Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town and am trying to find a relevant quote to appear on their Tee-shirts. Something about gardens, the earth, protecting the environment - the hope assoicated with re-growth etecettera. Having gleaned a few from your site alread I would really appreciate more input.

    Bookmark   October 12, 1998 at 1:23PM
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Linda M in MN

We used to have a big list of these going somewhere at GW. IT might have been this forum, but I did a search and they must be long gone. My favorites (probably gleaned from the former posting) are:

"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself." - Sir Peter Smithers

"If you are not killing plants, you are not really stretching yourself as a gardener." - J. C. Raulston

"Birders have their 'life lists' of birds seen - it almost seems I have my'life kill'listwith an indirect goal of killing more different kinds of plants than anyone else - and I'm well on my way. - J. C. Raulston

Now some others:

"Weeds have rights too."

"That plant wasn't a mistake, it was an experiment." - Janet OH/z6

I'll go digging to see if I saved any of that old post.

    Bookmark   October 17, 1998 at 7:36PM
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Linda M in MN

Ah ha!! I found an old quote posting we had long ago and it's still up and kicking! http://www.gardenweb.com/forums/load/favorite/msg1013521519184.html?87

Also, I dug through my files and found another list from before that must have dropped off the face of the planet. If anyone wants them, email me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Just Remember

    Bookmark   October 17, 1998 at 7:53PM
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Eileen

Old gardeners never die, they just spade away.

    Bookmark   October 17, 1998 at 10:27PM
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MARILYN LAFRANCE

"As is the gardener, so is the garden."

You can learn a lot about a person by observing their garden.

    Bookmark   October 19, 1998 at 9:07PM
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Abby

This is actually about project management, but certainly applies to gardening, parenthesis are my additions, not sure who to attribute the rest to.

The six Phases of a Project (Garden)

1. Enthusiasm (this is when you've placed your catalog order....)

2. Disillusionment (How many more of these things do I have to plant.....!)

3. Panic (Mid July, when bugs and drought take their toll, and you realize those little "quick start plants" aren't getting anywhere...)

4. Search for the Guilty (OBVIOUSLY, the catalog failed to realize what conditions are REALLY like in my zone...it COULDN'T be the gardener....)

5. Punishment of the innocent (dead plants planted in the wrong place....)

6. Praise and honor for the non-participants (the spouse who told you so.....)

    Bookmark   October 21, 1998 at 3:33PM
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neil(z 10 S. CA)

My favorite quote is ...
"one part soil,
two parts water,
and three parts prayer"

Another quote is ...
"You are what you grow!"

    Bookmark   October 24, 1998 at 12:28AM
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Karen

Hi here`s one for you-
Weeds are really Perennial`s that hav`en Educated yet!
Thank`s, Karen

    Bookmark   October 27, 1998 at 8:18PM
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aprille(z9 CA bay area)

I don't kmow if this is a 'book' quote or a 'garden' quote, but I love it.
A book is like a garden carried in a pocket.
-Chinese proverb

    Bookmark   November 2, 1998 at 7:51PM
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Kathy in KS

One of my favorites was on a little sign I saw in a garden: "I don't remember planting that!"

    Bookmark   March 14, 1999 at 10:19PM
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patti(9a SoCal)

"one who plants a garden, plants happiness"

    Bookmark   March 16, 1999 at 1:40PM
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claudee

"Girls, do not scrub and cook
and scour
Until you have no time to
plant a tree or vine or flower".

-Letters to country girls
1853

    Bookmark   March 24, 1999 at 12:38AM
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Cora Lea

I, too, love and collect garden verses.

I think my all-time favorite is:

He who plants a seed
Beneath the sod...
And waits to see...
Believes in God.

    Bookmark   March 25, 1999 at 3:45PM
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steve_gw

Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first.

    Bookmark   March 26, 1999 at 2:11AM
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Elaine(West Michigan)

I must say I really loved everyones quotes. My favorite
saying I saw in a flower bed that was close to a walkway. It read..

"Flowers grow in inches, but are destroyed by feet".

    Bookmark   March 26, 1999 at 6:52PM
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Peg

"God made rainy days, so gardeners could get the housework done"

    Bookmark   April 2, 1999 at 11:23PM
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Diana in WI

"Nothing Bugs Me When I'm in My Garden!" Diana ;D

    Bookmark   April 5, 1999 at 1:17PM
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Wingnut

Gardening makes you beautiful ~ housework makes you ugly.

    Bookmark   April 8, 1999 at 2:57PM
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debbie

A hand that's dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with any neighbor.

    Bookmark   April 10, 1999 at 7:59PM
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laura(6 mo.)

I think I found this at a butterfly site:

What the caterpillar sees as the end of its life...
The butterfly knows is only the beginning.

    Bookmark   April 14, 1999 at 6:33PM
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laura(6 mo.)

I have another quote that is on a plaque at home....

Give a weed an inch and it will take a yard.

    Bookmark   April 15, 1999 at 5:07PM
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Carol Page Tilson

Just paraphrasing and unsure of the source (Shakespeare? The Bible?), but a quotation which always struck me as having the most truth:

"He (or she) who plants a garden believes in the future."

    Bookmark   April 20, 1999 at 4:22PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

This quote was engraved on a stone at the Summerland Research Institute and changed my gardening habits forever.
A garden was not made by sitting in the shade and saying "Oh how lovely". Up until then I had never really worked at gardening. Now I do and the differnce is incredible, though funny thing is, it just never feels like work.My neighbors shake their heads but I get more joy and satisfaction in wrestling beauty from chaos than any other occupation.

    Bookmark   June 12, 1999 at 2:13AM
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Ruth NY

"Bloom where you are planted"

I had to keep this in mind for 14 years, while I lived where I didn't want to be. It carried me over, and now I'm where I wanted to be and trying like crazy to get blooming! :)

    Bookmark   June 13, 1999 at 5:46PM
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Sara T the Brit in CT

Lois, that quote is taken from a poem by Rudyard Kipling, called the Beauty of the Garden (I think). It's long, but wonderful and worth looking up.

    Bookmark   June 14, 1999 at 5:50PM
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Colleen

re:perennials

first year they sleep

second yr they creep

third yr. they LEAP !!!

    Bookmark   June 15, 1999 at 4:27PM
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Sandra Disspain

My favorite quote is;
I use to love my garden,
But now my love is dead,
I found Black-eyed Susan
In Bachelor Button's bed.

    Bookmark   June 16, 1999 at 11:10PM
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Bob

I sort of feel like the chicken farmer who went broke ...he said, "I can't understand it, I planted everyone of them up to their necks!"

    Bookmark   June 17, 1999 at 2:59AM
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June(5 Albany NY)

Gardener's know the Best Dirt!

    Bookmark   June 18, 1999 at 2:56PM
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Rachel

My 2 cents........

Flowers and plants are silent presences;
They nourish every sense except the ear.
May Sarton

Green thumbs are an extension of a verdant heart.
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These are more mottos of mine;

Early to bed, early to rise;
Work like h*ll and fertilize.
Emily Whaley

People who dont know how to weed shouldnt do it.
People who know how to weed are gardeners.

Hands to work.....Hearts to God.

'nuff said. :0)

    Bookmark   June 24, 1999 at 9:57AM
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Doris

Yes, in the poor man's garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers-
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours.

    Bookmark   July 6, 1999 at 11:08PM
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taryn(S Ontario Z6B)

Here a few, from Sarah Ban Breathnach's book Simple Abundance:

I'd rather have roses on my table, than diamonds on my neck.
--Emma Goldman

Plant it with the green side up.
--Mary Ann and Frederick McGourty

Little flower--but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all
I should know what God and (woman) is.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Gardening is an instrument of grace.
--May Sarton

And lastly, my personal favourite:

And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
--Anais Nin

Taryn :)

    Bookmark   July 7, 1999 at 11:49PM
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Jerry Segraves

"Life began in a garden"
"Love began in a Garden"

    Bookmark   July 11, 1999 at 8:17PM
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June T

"..make no mistake, the weeds will win, nature bats last"
-robert michael pyle

    Bookmark   July 16, 1999 at 2:56AM
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Daphne

I want to thank everyone who has contributed mottos and sayings. I want to write some garden sayings around the ceiling in my living room - and you all have provided me with great material. I've saved them all (getting a few GREAT laughs along the way) and will see how many I can fit around the room.

I also noticed how many sayings spoke of God and Garden together. This reminded me - one Sunday morning I was setting out some annuals when I was visited by two men passing out religious information. I told them I preferred to go to church in my garden. They told me, "Oh, but you need to feed your spirit, too." I just shook my head, knowing that they weren't gardeners and that they would never understand: We are closer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth.

    Bookmark   July 20, 1999 at 5:17AM
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debbie

On the subject of God and gardens ....

a priest stops to watch a gardener tending her garden and says,

"what a beautiful job you and God are making of that garden"

and the gardener replies,

"yes, but you should have seen the mess it was when God had it on his own!"

PS I loved all the quotes - and am I the only English person to visit this site?

    Bookmark   July 21, 1999 at 9:12AM
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lotuslily

a version of something I read in a book called Zen gardening: I went into the garden for few minutes and emerged several hours later...(in my case often with little accomplished, but feeling great!).lily.

    Bookmark   July 22, 1999 at 5:19PM
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Daphne

Another source for great garden quotes

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Quotes

    Bookmark   July 23, 1999 at 4:04AM
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cc

I have loved all the quotes and hope they keep coming! It's been a blast seeing them pop up in my mailbox from time to time... a year later and they're still coming! And just like when I originally posted - it's hot, it's HUMID!!!, it's summer in Indiana....

:-)

Happy Gardening!

    Bookmark   July 23, 1999 at 2:21PM
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Becky(florida Z9)

I've had this link bookmarked for a long time.

Here is a link that might be useful: Favorite Garden Quotes

    Bookmark   July 24, 1999 at 3:31PM
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alan(Pensacola, fl)

Hi,
This was misquoted so try it again.

Old gardeners never die. They keep spading away until they finally throw in the trowel.

    Bookmark   August 6, 1999 at 4:14PM
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Tekwriter

A kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of a bird for mirth
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

    Bookmark   August 6, 1999 at 6:14PM
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Lisa(z6 PA)

How about the oldie but goodie :

"Weeds are just plants out of place"

    Bookmark   August 9, 1999 at 2:38AM
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tomato44

One of my favorites is this poem by Tracy Donovan.

It's been said that life is like a garden.
Every small work of kindness
and every thoughtful gesture
is like a tiny seed.
And when you plant these seeds,
wonderful things can happen.
Smiles appear, dreams blossom,
and love takes root and grows.
Before you know it,
happiness is all aruond you.
It takes a lot of care and effort
to tend the Garden of Life,
but you're one of those people
who have a special gift for it.
Hold on to that gift,
because people like you
make the world a more beautiful place.

    Bookmark   August 9, 1999 at 10:18PM
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Jill

i have a old 'Calvin & Hobbs' cartoon that I think is great.
Calvin is standing in his underwear telling Hobbs
" I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life."

    Bookmark   August 12, 2000 at 1:14AM
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Antherman

"Where's your father?" my wife asked my three-year-old. "Out in the garden, watering his shoes."

    Bookmark   September 1, 2000 at 9:06PM
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Brian Zn 5 Ks

Without a doubt, the most comprehensive site for gardening quotes:

http://www.gardendigest.com/timegl.htm#Start

Enjoy!
Brian Boyce

    Bookmark   September 8, 2000 at 11:12PM
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Brian Carson

In peat beds and sand, in crevices and screes,
The best fertilizer of all is the rock gardeners knees

    Bookmark   January 15, 2001 at 11:05AM
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Taryn 6 Southern Ontario

I cannot believe this thread is still going! How wonderful! Just bought some ceramic garden signs the other day that can be either hung or staked in the ground.
"I don't remember planting THAT" and "Gardeners learn by trowel and error". Happy gardening all....Taryn :)
P.S. They had another that I wouldn't quote as a favourite gardening quote, but that I can relate to, LOL! "I tried, it died"....

    Bookmark   January 21, 2001 at 11:39PM
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Gail(z7bGA)

Great Thread... Well itÂs not quite hot and humid nowÂ
two feet of snow on my garden hereÂs my favoriteÂ

Hyacinths To Feed Thy Soul

If of thy mortal goods
Thou art bereft, And
From thy slender store
two loaves alone to thee
are left, sell one, and
with the dole buy
Hyacinths to feed thy soul.

Attributed to a Mohamen Sheik
Circa 1184-1291

    Bookmark   January 23, 2001 at 5:36PM
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OVRGS Budding Poet

Spreading manure as we sometimes do
Some days we are the pigeon, some days the statue.

When overwhelmed and stressed and unable to think,
I go out and garden, itÂs cheaper than a shrink.

For Your Garden Club
If attendance is down,and you are feeling quite low
Think of the mighty oak and what a wee nut can grow.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2001 at 3:08AM
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Anne Outer Banks NC

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest...shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

Nobody sees a flower, really - it is so small - we haven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. Georgia O'Keefe

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise, which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes. James Russell Lowell.

Admittedly some weeds are a pain, but I love Queen Anne's Lace, yarrow, black-eyed Susan, butterflyweed, purple coneflower, and many more local species. Easy to grow. They thrive without fertilizer, pesticides, watering, etc.
There are great books out there on the virtues of many common weeds. Their tales go back centuries.

From the Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell I memorized the following about 50 years ago when I was in fifth grade. May be off a bit and its long - do they make kids learn poetry anymore?

Oh what is so rare as a day in June?
Then if ever come perfect days,
When heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays.
Whether we look or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur and we see it glisten.
Every clod feels a stir of might,
An instinct within it that reaches and towers
And groping blindly above it for light
Comes to a soul in grass and flowers.

From Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon:
Sunlight + 6H20 + 6CO2 produces C6H12O6 + 6O2 (Photosynthesis)
C6H12O6 + 6O2 +6H20 produces 6CO2 + 12 H2O + energy
(Respiration)

The profundity of these formulas is that the two processes balance perfectly, with no waste, no pollution, no use of fossil fuels. They take place in plant cells about 1/2000th of an inch in diameter and produce all of food for all the earth. Respiration in the plant enables it to grow and reproduce so it can produce food for the rest of us even more abundantly. The water, carbon dioxide and oxygen are all recycled. The glucose with the addition of soil minerals from the water stashed in the plant cell can be converted to protein, vitamins, cellulose to make the plant stem rigid, hormones, fructose, etc. No wonder we feel nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2001 at 10:13PM
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Harriette

Just had to add....
I was strolling thru these, took a branch and found:
(stollen from site above)

I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.

One day I will burst my bud of calm and blossom into hysteria
When I read the first one I started laughing so hard, tears came running down my cheeks!!!!! I think the office thinks I am loosing it!!!!!!!
I am getting a cold, I wish it was May, I can't wait to start gardening again, but now I feel better than I have all day!!!!

HLL

    Bookmark   February 21, 2001 at 3:45PM
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Kay

My neighbors don't recognize me by my face but they know my butt well.
Me :)

    Bookmark   March 7, 2001 at 10:44AM
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Andy

Kay, LOL. I can't tell you how many times that thought has occurred to me!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2001 at 4:32AM
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Sky

What fun! I just happened upon this site and now have to go back and browse all the mentioned links!

I found this verse carved onto a stone plaque, hung in a garden at Kiftsgate Court in England:

Hours fly
Flowers die
New days
New ways
Love stays

    Bookmark   March 19, 2001 at 3:18PM
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Marilyn

"I garden - therefore I grow." Marilyn Lake

    Bookmark   April 8, 2001 at 7:30PM
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Marjorie

"Old gardeners never die.....they just run out of thyme"

    Bookmark   April 15, 2001 at 12:41AM
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Dennishjr(z8/9 N FL)

It is nice and cool this evening in North Florida. Go figure. It's a nice surprise and we are trying to savor each day, for soon it will hot and humid here as well. Anyway ... one of my favorite garden quotes is, "The garden is my salvation, I shall not leave a weed." (For weed you might also substitute: slug, aphid, mosquito, gnat, Japanese beetle, etc.)

    Bookmark   May 10, 2001 at 11:44PM
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KLO

Love these! A friend sent me this poem and it has become on of my fav's.

Whoever Makes A Garden

Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known;
The wind has blown across it
And helped to scatter seeds;
Whoever makes a garden
Has all the help he needs.

Whoever makes a garden
Should surely not complain,
With someone like the sunshine
And someone like the rain
And someone like the breezes
To aid him in his toil
And someone like the Father
Who gave the garden soil.

Whoever makes a garden
Has, oh, so many friends;
The glory of the morning
The dew when daylight ends.
For rain and wind and sunshine
And dew and fertile sod;
And he who makes a garden
Works hand and hand with God.

Author unknown

    Bookmark   May 12, 2001 at 10:06AM
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Hank Berry

For all his sophistication, man owes his very existence to four inches of top soil and the fact that it rains.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2001 at 11:42AM
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Noelle Nichols

I was searching and searching everywhere for a quote to include on my Calligraphy Group's calendar for next year which has a Floral theme and vaguely remembered the poem which ended with "One is nearer to God in a garden etc. etc." and finally found it easily at your site. I only wish I had found you earlier. Thankyou. I'm sure I will visit again!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2001 at 10:45PM
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Bill(z10 swFL)

"Time spent in the garden is never wasted." (source unknown) is one I console myself with when I've spent all day gardening, and accomplished a fraction of the goals I set out with (although I make up new ones as I go along)!

Another one I've remembered for over 20 years is "Find out what you can grow well, and grow lots of it." (Lord Abercrombie, via Making Things Grow by Thalassa Cruso)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2001 at 5:25PM
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jane_in_il5(Central IL, z5)

Your mind is a Garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the Harvest can be either Flowers or Weeds.

We all take special care with our gardens and favorite plants. This quote reminds me to keep my thoughts pure and to treat people with at least as much kindness and care as I do my plants. I want the harvest of my garden and my mind to be flowers, not weeds.

Jane

    Bookmark   June 5, 2001 at 10:38AM
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Rita_NH

loved reading all

    Bookmark   August 29, 2001 at 11:51PM
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bella(z8)

I also loved reading all these quotes - i am from Aus and it was interesting to read things that we have here as well - we can buy lots of garden plaques from nurseries and markets and i have a lovely one with fairies on it. Beautiful quotes - thank you

    Bookmark   September 16, 2001 at 3:22AM
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paulinep(z8NC)

OK, I have read them all. Last May my little community had a small garden tour and my little 3 year garden was on the tour. I painted a canvas black to look like a blackboard and painted with white to look like chalk

"Come into my garden, my flowers want to see you"

I used a stencil to paint flowers along the side, put it in an ornate gold frame and placed on an easel at the garden entrance. I had seen this on a garden stone and it appealed to me.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2001 at 4:54PM
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piegirl(z5NELin)

No one is a geek in their own yard.

From an old issue of Oganic Gardening. Can't leave the yard and garden wearing my special gardening outfits. But I clean up pretty good! Piegirl

    Bookmark   September 28, 2001 at 11:25PM
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deb29

"The time to hear bird music is between four and six in the morning. Seven is not too late, but by eight the fine rapture is over,due, I suspect, to the contentment of the inner man that comes with breakfast; a poet should always be hungry or have a lost love." (DC Peattie)

"The grass divides as with a comb,
a spotted shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your feet,
and opens farther on." (Emily Dickinson)

"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees."
(Karle Wilson Baker)

"When we tug at a single thing in nature we find it attached to the rest of the world" (John Muir)

"This is the way life works on earth. Every living thing is a spark of sunlight energy, a crystal bead in the net of life"
(Steve Van Matre)

These are just a few from the BEST mail-order catalog, Forest Farm. I've spent hours reading about all the plants from around the world. I feel it would be more than one life time to know them all.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2001 at 7:32AM
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Hollyanna

My favorites :

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Albert Einstein

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has Genius, Power and Magic in it. Goethe

    Bookmark   October 21, 2001 at 8:31PM
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deb29

Here's a nice assortment.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.gardendigest.com/spirit.htm

    Bookmark   October 27, 2001 at 9:22AM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

When the world wearies and ceases to satisfy...
There is always the garden.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2002 at 9:22AM
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WeedGrower

"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers."

-Veronica A. Shoffstall

    Bookmark   April 10, 2002 at 3:56PM
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loropetalum(z8 NoCal)

What great quotes. I gave my mom a stone for her garden that had engraved on it:
Weed it and reap.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2002 at 8:10PM
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tweenkles

I just love this poem...

A Garden Just For You

For the garden of your daily living plant
three rows of peas:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another

No garden is without turnips:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another

To conclude our garden we must have thyme:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends

Water freely with patience and cultivate
with love. There is much fruit in your
garden because your reap what you sow.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2002 at 9:27PM
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Annachief(Mn3Zone)

An hour in the garden puts lifes problems into prospective.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2002 at 10:45AM
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JamesMichael

this is my all time favorite,
Life begins in the Garden.

very simple & true

    Bookmark   March 10, 2003 at 7:43PM
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wbussom

Four garden-related quotes:
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1. A garden is a reflection of one's soul.
2. The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. - George Bernard Shaw
3. He who throws dirt, loses ground.
4. Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow. - The Secret Garden

A Poem:
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There is peace with a garden, a peace so deep and calm.
That when the heart is troubled, ItÂs like a soothing balm.
ThereÂs life within a garden, A life that still goes on.
Filling the empty places, when older plants have gone.
ThereÂs glory in the garden, at every time of year,
Spring, summer, autumn, winter, it fills the heart with cheer.
So everyone tend your garden, its beauty to increase.
For in it you will find solace, and in it you will find peace.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2003 at 2:17AM
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aquadman1218(Z5MI)

" A house without a tree...aint fit fer a dawg" My brother thought this one up years ago as a comedy ad for his new landscape biz. LOL!!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2004 at 2:16AM
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hotpink(z5 ON Canada)

~ Earth laughs in flowers ~

by Emerson

my favourite!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 3:56PM
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Heathen1(10a)

Ancient Cajun saying... "chickens in de yahd mean no roaches in de house"

    Bookmark   August 23, 2004 at 6:39PM
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jackiann

I saw this on a billboard...

"Life is a garden...DIG IT!"

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 6:04PM
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nwroselady

My favorite quote is from Henry Mitchell. In one of his gardening columns reprinted in The Essential Earthman, Mitchell wrote of summer storms and their effect on gardens:

There are no green thumbs or black thumbs. There are only gardeners and non-gardeners. Gardeners are the ones who ruin after ruin get on with the high defiance of nature herself, creating, in the very face of her chaos and tornado, the bower of roses and the pride of irises. It sounds very well to garden a "natural way." You may see the natural way in any desert, any swamp, any leech-filed laurel hell. Defiance, on the other hand, is what makes gardeners.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2004 at 11:11PM
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rozanna(z8a TX)

Great Gardners are like Great Cooks - if it is a failure, throw it to the dogs before anyone knows about it.

A finished garden is a dead gardner.

Everyone should spend a lot more kneel time - the more time you spend on your knees doing anything, the better person you are. It keeps you humble.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2004 at 7:05AM
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Ogroses(z4aWI)

perfect for a dreary sunday morning to lighten ones soul. thanks to all - now to check out those links. : >>

    Bookmark   September 5, 2004 at 8:14AM
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roseblush1(8a/Sunset 7)

I believe life is lived one day at a time, so this quote is a reminder and helps me enjoy my garden more.

Smiles,

Lyn

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of
enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
- Dale Carnegie

    Bookmark   September 5, 2004 at 9:08PM
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lilacsandviolets1

* Posted by Mar (ebraith@axion.net) on
Fri, Aug 7, 98 at 1:39

******The new Getty Museum in Los Angeles has a garden too new to really appreciate but the structures and layout are beautiful. On a stone tablet there is a quote from Irwin that includes the phrase..."ever changing...never twice the same. Does anyone out there know the rest?******

I just found this thread tonight, and am planning on reading it at a leisurely pace tomorrow. In the meantime, I googled this phrase and here's what I came up with:

Robert Irwin began planning the Central Garden in 1992, as a key part of the Getty Center project. Since the Center opened in 1997, the Central Garden has evolved as its plants have grown and been trimmed. New plants are constantly being added to the palette. Irwin's statement, "Always changing, never twice the same," is carved into the plaza floor, reminding visitors of the ever-changing nature of this living work of art.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 10:46PM
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cheerpeople

I can't believe no one mentioned these from the Bible:

"I am the vine, you are the branches"- Jesus

and
"I am the vine... My Father is the Gardener" John 15:1 - Jesus

and this simple one:

"Grow, Da** It!"

:) Karen

    Bookmark   November 18, 2006 at 3:11AM
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socks

What a wonderful thread! How could selected ones be bound up as a gift for a friend who is getting a new home, and garden!?

Here's one for November, a poem,

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
- Clyde Watson

Here's a haiku for November:

Afternoon raking

Orange, red, yellow and dead

Each leaf a story

    Bookmark   November 24, 2006 at 3:57PM
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flowrgirl1

THis is one of my favorites.

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
Georgia O'keefe

    Bookmark   January 31, 2007 at 3:32PM
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sprout_wi(z4 WI)

My favorite is from Wordsworth-
"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her".

For Mar (re: the John Irwin quote from the Getty garden)-
"Ever present, never twice the same, ever changing, never less than whole."

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 5:44PM
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thebip

Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees. ~Anne Raver

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown

Theres another quote I love, but I cant think of the words right now...

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 11:13PM
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kristal(3b MN)

At a garden day class this past weekend, a gentleman shared with us...

"No man shall sow more than his wife can hoe."

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 6:08PM
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gracegardens

I'd rather be a forest than a street.
Simon & Garfunkel

    Bookmark   April 2, 2007 at 10:10PM
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gracegardens

And the Lord God planted a garden in the east in Eden and there He placed the man whom He had made.
Genesis 2:8

    Bookmark   April 2, 2007 at 10:21PM
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grow_now(5)

"I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error." ~Sara Stein

    Bookmark   December 23, 2007 at 11:18PM
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clumsygrdner

Loam wasn't built in day!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2007 at 6:15AM
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Rudyrat

I make poetry garden stones, here are two of my latest.
For my neighbor that has lovely tulips, I gave her these stones:
DREAMING OF YOUR 2 LIPS
And
For my neighbor that has morning glories every year,
WELL GOOD MORNING GLORY

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 11:38PM
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MVBGV

Thank you for the quote from Georgia O'Keeffe, one of my heroes.

One of my all time favorites is from another of my heroes, Eleanor Roosevelt said,
"I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 2:43AM
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Columbine2012(5)

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 4:34PM
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JCTsai(8B - Jacksonville, FL)

You are what you eat.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 7:32PM
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