Green Tongues – Quotes about Gardening

Through the gardener who tends an individual geranium in her windowsill, to the one who supplies bountiful bouquets of roses to floral outlets, many people have voiced many words about the art and skill and benefits associated with gardening. Let’s hear in to a selection of their voices, historical and contemporary, for in them we might discover the gardener deep within the soil of our soul: vertical garden

Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything – except itself. ~May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep, late 1960s. 

The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are optimistic, always enterprising, without satisfied. They will always count on doing something better than they may have ever done before. –Vita Sackville-West, 1892 – 1962.

My green thumb came only therefore of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Ale.

I have found, through years of practice, that folks garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to treat, to honor the globe, to leave a tag. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art after our land. –Julie Moir Messervy, The Inward Garden, 1995, s. 19.

Gardening requires tons of water – almost all of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson.

As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers when control is well balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence. A great equilibrium is struck. Control, servitude, respect, imagination, pragmatism, an ecological conscience, complying, and a certain solution of mysticism and commitment all meld together to provide nurturance. Try to separate the various aspects into their constituent parts – grant any one of them the position of fundamental gardening classification and one soon skews the complete process. Put them back again in the service of the dual end street called nurturance, and we express the condition of grace called garden. –Jim Nollman, Why All of us Garden: Cultivating an Impression of Place, 1994, l. 106.

There might be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up in back of someone at their work, you would probably find them beaming. ~Mirabel Osler.

The home gardener is part science tecnistions, part artist, part thinker, part plowman.
He changes the climate around his home. –John R. Whiting.

Gardening is an concern of your enthusiasm assisting until your back gets used to it. –Unknown.

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

The best location to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Dark Girl in Her Search for God, 1932.

Research, or para-science, tells all of us that geraniums bloom better if they happen to be spoken to. Yet a form word every now and then is very quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them. ~Victoria Glendinning.

In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The key business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn.