The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love.
If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.
All gardening is landscape painting.
I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
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.
Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.
Dixie Lee Ray
A garden must combine the poetic and he mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it, then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
Liberty Hyde Bailey
I loved to get all dusty and ride horses and plant potatoes and cotton.
I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.
Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.
I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
Garden as though you will live forever.
If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
I am sure that if you plant the trees back again, it will do nothing but good.
One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?
Francis Cabot Lowell
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