Best Garden Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

A garden is a place for reflection, inspiration, and relaxation. It’s no surprise that great quotes about life can be found in this beautiful space since it provides an opportunity to step away from our hectic schedules.

Some of the most famous quotes about life and love come from gardens. There are quotes by many people, including famous and public figures alike!

I want to share my favorite inspirational and motivational garden quotes with you. I believe that no matter at what point in the gardening journey you may be, I believe you will find them useful. Enjoy them today as part of your daily dose of nature motivation.

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“When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners themselves.” – Ken Druse

“Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land.” – Julie Moir Messervy

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” – Robert Breault

“However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well-being for as long as you continue to wander the garden path.” – Norman Hansen

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“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” – Unknown author

“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.” – Lou Erickson

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.” – Elizabeth Murray

“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” – Sigmund Freud

“Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” – Oscar de la Renta

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“Gardening is not a rational act.” – Margaret Atwood

“But for one’s health, as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I have no plants in my house. They won’t live for me. Some of them don’t even wait to die, they commit suicide.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Gardening is something you learn by doing – and by making mistakes…. Like cooking, gardening is a constant process of experimentation, repeating the successes and throwing out the failures.” – Carol Stocker

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” – Janet Kilburn Phillips

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

“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” – Chinese proverb

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” – Helen Keller

“Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it.” – Suzy Kassem

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“A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.” – Miranda Kerr

“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown author

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard de Nerval

“When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited” – Ramakrishna

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare

“Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience.” – Marina Schinz

“The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.” – Paul Hawken

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” – Zen Shin

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“As is the garden such is the gardener. A man’s nature runs either to herbs or weeds.” – Francis Bacon

“The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll 

“What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?” – Roy Rogers

The gardener who loves roses is slave to a thousand thorns. – Turkish proverb

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables  

“The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. He modifies the climate around his home.” – John Whiting

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?” – Roy Rogers

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” – Robin Williams

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.” – Martha Smith

“If I’m ever reborn, I want to be a gardener – there’s too much to do for one lifetime.” – Karl Foerster

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Seek to understand what draws you to the garden. You may discover greater rewards than the blue ribbons awarded for the biggest pumpkin or the best preserves. You may find the garden becomes a teacher and crop “failures” become lessons learned.” – Norman Hansen

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.” – George Eliot

“When you pray for potatoes, grab a hoe.” – Mrs. Jamieson

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood

“A good garden may have some weeds.” – Thomas Fuller

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wilcox

“When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners themselves.” – Ken Druse

“But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s.” – Unknown author

“The flower replied, “You fool! Do you imagine I blossom in order to be seen? I blossom for my own sake because it pleases me, not for the sake of others.” – Irvin Yalom

“The more help a man has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.” – William Davies

“Do not spread the compost on the weeds.” – William Shakespeare

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Gardeners know all the dirt.” – Unknown author

“Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees.” – Anne Raver

“Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent

“More grows in the garden than the gardener sows.” – Spanish proverb

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” – Unknown author

“You know you are a gardener when your version of selfies are the picture of your plants.” – Unknown author

“I’ve always been afraid of gardening. But then I decided to grow a pear.” – Unknown author

“Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth.” – Dorothy Frances Gurney

“I am not aging. I just need repotting.” – Unknown author

“ If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent van Gogh

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.” – Myron Kaufman

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” – Chinese proverb

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A A Milne

“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.” – John Erskine