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"You don't have to be a good gardener to love flowers;
You have to love flowers to be a good gardener."
"A piece of ground not over large, with a garden; Near to the house a stream of constant water; And besides these, some little quantity of woodland".<...
Regal lilies make June and July their own by their fragrance; they remind me of Sunday school and stained glass windows, and of a clear old preacher w...
"The most important thing I found I could possible plant in the garden was patience."
Sometime I am going to make signs that you can put up, so the fairies will know these places by their right names.
"I like the nice names of flowers our grandmothers used - pincushion flower or morning bride - much better than scabiosas. Horticulturists ought to be...
"God Almightie first planted a Garden. And indeed, it is the Purest of Humane pleasure. It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man."...
A garden cannot be bought at a store counter, or ordered from a catalogue, arrive delivered and packaged to be set up and ready for occupancy the next...
For when the traveler returns from the mountain slopes into the valley, he brings, not a handful of earth, unsayable to others, but instead some word...
Gardens always attract visitors. Naturally, friends came often; then friends of friends; casual acquaintances, too; and sometimes mere strangers who w...
"I have never allowed anyone or anything to dishearten me"
"The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the whole world."
Charles Dudley Warner
"The best place to seek God . . . You can dig for Him there."
George Bernard Shaw
The Black Girl in H...
"It is not graceful, and it makes one hot; but it is a blessed sort of work, and if Eve had had a spade in Paradise and known what to do with it, we s...
Let us divide our labours, thou where choice
Leads thee, or where most needs, whether to wind
The Woodbine round this Arbour, or direct<...
"It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.
You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not ."
"Die when I may, I want it said by those who know me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."<...
He that is a garden's friend,
Groweth calm and wise,
And after death shall rise and tend
A plot in paradise.
In fine weather the old gentleman is almost constantly in the garden; and when it is too wet to go into it, he will look out of the window at it, by t...
'I wouldn't want to make it look like a gardener's garden, all clipped an ' speck an' span, would you?' he said. 'It's nicer like this with things run...
She could grow them [flowers] anywhere, ... and they seemed to live longer for her. She grew them with rough, almost slap-dash love, but her hands po...
"The garden is never dead; growth is always going on, and growth that can be seen, and seen with delight."
The rose looks fair, but fairer we deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
"Earth laughs in flowers."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Each spring ... a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of gr...
"Gardens ... Should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, deductive surprises and then still more cur...