Top 100 Gardening Quotes

A ‘fun’ and ‘educational’ list on the Top 100 Gardening Quotes. This list is in no specific order, though we tried to put some of the more catchy ones on top. Hope you enjoy! And please share:)

  1. “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, Garden Thoughts
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  2. “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” ~ Alfred Austin
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  3. “I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds” ~ Robert Bridges, “Testament of Beauty”
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  4. “The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses” ~ Hanna Rion
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  5. “By bringing a soulful consciousness to gardening, sacred space can be created outdoors” ~ S. Kelley Harrell, Nature’s Gifts Anthology
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  6. “To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world” ~ Stanley Crawford, A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm
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  7. “I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day” ~ F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace
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  8. “There is always music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it” ~ Minnie Aumonier
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  9. “The garden, historically, is the place where all the senses are exploited. Not just the eye, but the ear with water, with birds.  And there is texture, too, in plants you long to touch” ~ William Howard Adams
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  10. “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies” ~ Gertrude Jekyll
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  11. “Sometimes just to touch the ground is enough for me, even if not a single thing grows from what I plant” ~ Andy Couturier
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  12. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that  you plant” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
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  13. “I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden” ~ John Erskine
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  14. “The fair-weather gardener, who will do nothing except when the wind and weather and everything else are favorable, is never master of his [her] craft” ~ Henry Ellacombe
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  15. “When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  16. “Spending time in nature has a way of nurturing the soul” ~ Katrina Mayer
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  17. “Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas” ~ Elizabeth Murray
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  18. “A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes” ~ Barbara Dodge Borland
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  19. “We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden” ~ Unknown
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  20. “It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought” ~ James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane
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  21. “The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? 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, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.
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  22. “Gardening is about cheating, about persuading unlikely plants to survive in unlikely places and when that trick is well accomplished the results can be highly satisfying” ~ David Wheeler
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  23. “Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative’s latest example of unreasonableness” ~ Christopher Lloyd, The Well-Tempered Garden
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  24. “Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized” ~ Allan Armitage
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  25. “Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden” ~ Robert Brault
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  26. “Often I’ll go outside and just place my hands on the soil, even if there’s no work to do on it. When I am filled with worries, I do that and I can feel the energy of the mountains and of the trees” ~ Andy Couturier, A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance
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  27. “My garden is my favorite teacher” ~ Betsy Canas Garmon
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  28. “Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than Emperor’s” ~ Mary Cantwell
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  29. “Even the smallest landscape can offer pride of ownership not only to its inhabitants but to its neighbors. The world delights in a garden… Creating any garden, big or small, is, in the end, all about joy” ~ Julie Moir Messervy
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  30. “Reading books about gardens is a potent pastime; books nourish a gardener’s mind in the same way as manure nourishes plants” ~ Mirabel Osler, A Gentle Plea for Chaos: Reissued
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  31. “Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time” ~ Katrina Mayer
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  32. “We gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season, with every act of planting” ~ Carol Deppe, The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times
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  33. “Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest” ~ Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty
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  34. “One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds” ~ Dan Bennett
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  35. “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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  36. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul” ~ Luther Burbank
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  37. “I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me” ~ Robert Brault
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  38. “Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof” ~ Julie Moir Messervy
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  39. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
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  40. “As a gardener, I’m among those who believe that much of the evidence of God’s existence has been planted” ~ Robert Brault
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  41. “The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte” ~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
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  42. “Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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  43. “There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments” ~ Janet Kilburn Phillips
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  44. “It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season” ~ Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
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  45. “Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity” ~ Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com
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  46. “Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating” ~ Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
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  47. “The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world” ~ Vita Sackville-West
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  48. “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
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  49. “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 Education Of A Gardener
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  50. “Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts” ~ Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

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  51. “We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike” ~ Evelyn Underhill, Letters
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  52. “A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul” ~ Sadi
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  53. “But 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 ground” ~ Lewis Gantt
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  54. “Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees” ~ Anne Raver
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  55. “If you have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden” ~ Unknown
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  56. “A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space — a place not just set apart but reverberant — and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry” ~ Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
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  57. “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures” ~ Francis Bacon
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  58. “The green thumb is equable in the face of nature’s uncertainties; he moves among her mysteries without feeling the need for control or explanations or once-and-for-all solutions. To garden well is to be happy amid the babble of the objective world, untroubled by its refusal to be reduced by our ideas of it, its indomitable rankness” ~ Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
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  59. “Take thy plastic spade, It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants, They are thy colours” ~ William Mason, The English Garden, 1782
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  60. “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides” ~ W.E. Johns, The Passing Show
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  61. “Nothing is more the child of art than a garden” ~ Sir Walter Scott
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  62. “Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination” ~ Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897 (Thanks, Jessica)
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  63. “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden” ~ Minnie Aumonier
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  64. “Regardless of geographical region or culture gardening is perhaps the most common and shared experience of Nature” ~ S. Kelley Harrell, Nature’s Gifts Anthology
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  65. “Ol’ man Simon, planted a diamond. Grew hisself a garden the likes of none. Sprouts all growin’ comin’ up glowin’ Fruit of jewels all shinin’ in the sun. Colors of the rainbow. See the sun and the rain grow sapphires and rubies on ivory vines, Grapes of jade, just ripenin’ in the shade, just ready for the squeezin’ into green jade wine” ~ Shel Silverstein
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  66. “Our most important job as vegetable gardeners is to feed and sustain soil life, often called the soil food web, beginning with the microbes. If we do this, our plants will thrive, we’ll grow nutritious, healthy food, and our soil conditions will get better each year. This is what is meant by the adage ”Feed the soil not the plants” ~ Jane Shellenberger, Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West
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  67. “Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration” ~ Lou Erickson
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  68. “My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view” ~ H. Fred Dale
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  69. “To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?” ~ Beverley Nichols
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  70. “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
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  71. “In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death” ~ Sam Llewelyn
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  72. “My little bit of earth in the front garden is one of the places that I find my bearings. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming” ~ Betsy Canas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com
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  73. “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden” ~ Robert Brault
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  74. “No Temple made by mortal human hands can ever compare to the Temple made by the gods themselves. That building of wood and stone that houses us and that many believe conceals the great Secret Temple from prying eyes, somewhere in its heart of hearts, is but a decoy for the masses who need this simple concrete limited thing in their lives. The real Temple is the whole world, and there is nothing as divinely blessed as a blooming growing garden” ~ Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose
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  75. “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself” ~ May Sarton
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  76. “There’s little risk in becoming overly proud of one’s garden because by its very nature is humbling. It has a way of keeping you on your knees” ~ JoAnn Barwick
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  77. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” ~ Greek proverb
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  78. “Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden” ~ Orson Scott Card
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  79. “I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden” ~ Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666
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  80. “To plant a garden is to velieve in tomorrow” ~ Audrey Hepburn
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  81. “The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession” ~ Phyllis McGinley
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  82. “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
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  83. “How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
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  84. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” ~ Claude Monet
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  85. “The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there” ~ George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932
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  86. “All my hurts my garden spade can heal” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  87. “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
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  88. “It didn’t occur to me that gardening, like music, could demand practice, patience, a willingness to make mistakes” ~ Amy Stewert
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  89. “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, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
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  90. “Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors” ~ Oscar de la Renta
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  91. “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
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  92. “Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything – except itself”~ May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep, 1968
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  93. “The plants we’ve chosen will collect and cycle Earth’s minerals,water, and air;shade the soil and renew it with leafy mulch; and yield fruits and greens for people and wildlife” ~ Toby Hemenway, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture
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  94. “I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse
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  95. “It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional” ~ Robert Brault
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  96. “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are” ~ Alfred Austin
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  97. “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” ~ Marcelene Cox
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  98. “Though an old man, I am but a young gardener” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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  99. “Fingers now scented with sage and rosemary, a kneeling gardener is lost in savory memories” ~ Dr. SunWolf
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  100. “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Summary

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