Best Inspirational Garden Quotes To Make You Think

There’s little more rewarding than seeing your garden efforts in bloom. Or maybe it’s walking in a vibrant field of cheery sunflowers. Or you’re exploring interesting plant varieties in a beautiful botanical garden. Envision breathing deeply into a velvety, fragrant rose.

No matter which kind of garden experience you prefer, gardens of all kinds are restorative! If you are drawn to gardens as I am, you’ll love these inspirational garden quotes. Browse this collection of garden sayings and quotes that are sure to make you think about gardening–and life…long beyond spent blooms.

Inspirational Garden Quotes - woman with hat in field of sunflowers
A walk through a field of sunflowers is “nirvana” to many gardeners.

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“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

—Alfred Austin

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”

—David Hobson

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

—Gertrude Jekyll

“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.”

—Alice Sebold

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”

—Claude Monet

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

—Vincent van Gogh

“The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.”

—Dorothy Frances Gurney

Inspirational Garden Quotes - woman touches purple hydangea
Unusual blooms, like this purple hydrangea, can be very intriguing!

Best Garden Sayings and Quotes

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

—Luther Burbank

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ”

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

—Audrey Hepburn

“I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on Earth.”

—Doug Green

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.”

—Josephine Neuse

“Gardening is the work of a lifetime: you never finish.”

—Oscar De La Renta

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”

—Janet Kilburn Phillips

Japanese wooden bridge crosses small river
This lovely Japanese garden makes a peaceful retreat–restoring your sense of “calm” in just minutes.

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” 

—May Sarton

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. ”

—Alfred Austin

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Henri Matisse

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“Garden as though you will live forever.”

—William Kent

“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

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

—Margaret Atwood

Inspirational Garden Quotes - orange spotted butterfly and orang flowers
Some of the most beautiful guests in a garden have wings!

More Famous Garden Quotes

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”

—Ruth Stout

“Gardens. I think, dream bigger than emperors.”

—Mary Cantwell

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.”

—William Blake

“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.”


“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”

—Liberty Hyde Bailey

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hand into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”

—Kate Morton

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”

Michael Pollan

Pink and peach anemones
Some say morning, long before the world has risen, is the perfect occasion to spend time in the garden.

Gardening Quotes for Inspiration

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

—Elizabeth Murray

“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.”

—Robert Brault

“Life begins the day you start a garden.”

—Chinese proverb

“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.”

—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  

“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.”

—May Sarton

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

“There are no happier folks than plant lovers and none more generous than those who garden.”

—Ernest Wilson

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

—Julie Moir Messervy

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.”

—George Bernard Shaw

What is a weed? A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course, it is our garden that is really nurturing us.”

—Jenny Uglow

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” -The Little Prince

Final Thoughts on Inspirational Garden Quotes

I hope these inspirational garden quotes have given you a little reprieve from every day life. Sometimes, a little garden therapy is all you need to put things in perspective.

Do you have a favorite garden quote listed among these Inspirational Garden Quotes? Which one is it? Or, if I’ve missed a garden saying that you love, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it in!

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Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

4 thoughts on “Best Inspirational Garden Quotes To Make You Think

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    September 17, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I could read these every day!

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    September 15, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Many of these people are clearly my kind of people! I think the two themes that emerge from all these quotes are the joy of nurturing something, of watching it grow, of the work with earth and seed and plant and how satisfying it is … and on the other hand, the joy that comes from creating beauty through gardening. I particularly love the Marcus Tullius Cicero quote about having a garden and a library, and that being all one needs. As a true book lover, this resonates with me enormously!

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      September 24, 2020 at 10:11 am

      I share your love of gardening, Kavita. And it’s funny how book-lovers and gardeners seem to go hand-in-hand…but they do!


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