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Gardening Quotes 2006

  • "The Best Plants Come with a Story." --Maria Rodale in Organic Gardening magazine, June/July 2006

  • "People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." --Iris Murdoch

  • "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." --Abraham Lincoln

  • "April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain." --T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"

  • "Try as we may, there will be failures. Moving a plant to another part of the garden sometimes makes all the difference, but enough is enough: getting a garden together requires a measure of ruthlessness." --Pamela J. Harper, “Designing with Perennials”, Sterling Publishing, Co., Inc., 2001

  • "Really, this is the very worst time of year to be making plans. Winter in these climes keeps a person trapped inside for so long that by the time February comes around one is positively delusional with grandiose plans for the coming year." --Posted by Rundy under 'Wishlist' 2/14/04 Cold Climate Gardening

  • "There's nowhere left to plant' is not an uncommon cry and, ironically, the larger the garden, the worse that problem can be." --Joy Larkcom, Creative Vegetable Gardening, Abbeville Press, 1997


Gardening Quotes 2005

  • "Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them." --Vincent A. Simeone, in "Wonders of the Winter Landscape"

  • "It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life." --Mystery Writer P.D. James

  • "Occasional drama is what you want in an herbaceous border, to wake up the sleepy hordes of daisies and well-bred bellflowers." --Anna Pavord, "The New Kitchen Garden&", DK Publishing, 1996

  • "In gardening, all things useful are beautiful." --Tovah Martin, "Victoria" magazine, April 1999

  • "If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature." --Naturalist, John Burroughs

  • “You need patience to be a good gardener. If you don't have patience, and you stick with gardening, it will teach you patience.” --Bill Turull Jr. as quoted in "People, Places and Plants" magazine, N.E. / N.Y. Edition, Summer 2005

  • "I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error." --Sara Stein, "My Weeds: A Gardener's Botany" University Press of Florida, 2000
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