There are lots of great garden quotes out there. Here are just a few collected together for you.
Some are short and sweet little phrases that would fit perfectly on a garden sign or plaque, others are longer and can be attributed to a particular person (usually a gardener) with their wisdom and passion shining through.
Quite often, they're used in gardening and plant books to introduce each chapter. They are also commonly found as images with a beautiful picture overlaid with the quote.
There are lots out there for almost any use. This selection is just a tiny fraction of what's out there.
Where possible, I've included the original source but so many of these have been lost to history.
is of the essence
flies when you’re having fun
no Thyme like the present
know the best dirt
try to grow in your garden some plant or plants out of the ordinary,
something your neighbors never attempted. For you can receive
no greater flattery than to have a gardener of equal intelligence
stand before your plant and ask, 'What is that?' ~ Richardson
gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners
themselves ~ Ken Druse
noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic,
always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look
forward to doing something better than they have ever done before ~ Vita Sackville-West,
1892 – 1962
ever reborn, I want to be a gardener— there's too much to do
for one lifetime! ~ Karl
So many seeds -- so little time
gardeners live in beautiful places, because they make them so ~ Joseph Joubert
It's a sign of wisdom that seeds don't squander their energy all at once, instead calmly waiting until the time is right. Seeds aren't stupid ~ Midas Dekkers' The Way of All Flesh' in 'Romance of Ruins' "
'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
gardeners are daunted, not dumb' ~ Felder Rushing
perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers' ~ Claude Monet
man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.
~ Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1871
Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of
perspiration. ~ Lou Erickson
fertilizer is the gardener's shadow. ~ Author Unknown
fingers are the extension of a verdant heart. ~ Russell Page
wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by
bees. ~ Anne Raver
Old Gardeners never die, they just go to seed.