Last Updated on February 22, 2021
There are plenty of reasons to love gardens. For one, it’s always beneficial to look at something green. Whenever you’re stressed, just lay your sights on a bunch of peonies or Daylilies. That will surely brighten your day in no time. It’s also a great excuse to go outdoors. Thinking about eating healthier? Plant some tomatoes, carrots, kale, avocadoes, or garlic right on your backyard.
How To Start a Garden
Ever dreamed of having your own clusters of Cleomes, Snapdragons, or lavender? Then you better be ready to get down and dirty – literally.
One of the first things to consider is what type of garden you want. Do you want a flower, fruit, or herb garden? This is a vital step because you’ll need to think about where to place your future Eden. Plants in general need about 6-8 hours of sunlight every day. Observe and see which spot will be ideal. If you live in an apartment complex, you might want to consider container gardening instead.
Next, make sure to clear the ground so your plants can breathe once they start sprouting. Use compost and fertilizer to improve the soil. Follow it up with a little bit of tilling and some digging (for creating flower beds). After that, it’s time to pick your plants. This should be easy (from step one).
The trick is to start small so you can figure it out slowly as you go along.
Oldest Gardens in the World
If you’re a green thumb at heart, then traveling the world wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a few of the world’s oldest gardens.
On top of that list should be Orto Botanico di Padova. Located in Italy, it’s considered as the oldest academic garden, founded in 1545. Don’t forget the Garden of Versailles, which took 40 years and numerous landscape architects to develop. For something more adventurous, visit ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’. Boasting of Europe’s only Pineapple Pit, it’s located in the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey and has been in existence since the 18th century.
For hundreds of years, persons all over the world from all walks of life have wanted to create gardens. It didn’t matter what was in them: towering trees, flowering shrubs, or plump vegetables – what mattered was the indescribable feeling of reward. Once you see the first signs of life, those small green sprouts fighting for life from the soil you tilled yourself, there’s nothing quite like it.
Whether you have a green thumb or not, you will still love these garden quotes and sayings.
Beautiful Garden Quotes
- “If you have a garden in your library, everything will be complete.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
- “Life begins the day you start a garden.” – Chinese Proverb
- “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
- “Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” – Unknown
- “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” – Rudyard Kipling
- “Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent
- “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.” – Janet Kilburn Phillips
- “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies, but never grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.” – Gertrude Jekyll
- “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon
- “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek Proverb
- “The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan
- “It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
- “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
- “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” – Douglas Adams
- “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” – Doug Larson
- “At Christmas I no more desire a rose, than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows.” – William Shakespeare
- “Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau
- “Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” – Oscar de la Rentawn
- “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet
- “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” – Minnie Aumonier
- “Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.” – Allan Armitage
- “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
- “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse
- “I like gardening. It’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” – Alice Sebold
- “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” – May Sarton
- “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” – Robert Brault
- “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” – Gertrude Jekyll
- “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claire Joyes
- “Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.” – Mary Cantwell
- “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A. Milne
- “All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” – Chinese proverb
- “Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” — Jackson Brown, Jr.
- “We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.” — Voltaire
- “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
- “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
- “Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.” — Zora Neale Hurston
- “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.” — C. Forbes
- “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” — Carl Linnaeus
- “There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.” — Alfred Austin
- “I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” — Alice Sebold
- “The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” — Michael Pollan
- “…Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” — Joel Salatin
- “A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.” — Wendell Berry
- “I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” — Ruth Stout
- “But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.” — Edna Ferber
- “If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.” — Russell Page
- “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” — Abraham Lincoln
- “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” — Minnie Aumonier
- “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank
- “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Unknown
- “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air…” – Georges Bernanos
- “I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.” – Robert Bridges
- “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin
- “The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.” – Rabindranath Tagore
- “A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” – Michael Pollan
- “Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” – Sigmund Freud
- “Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too.” – William Cowper
- “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
- “From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odour to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.” – Thomas Moore
- “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood