This is a collection of quips and quotes for houseplant lovers. Post them near your desk or garden workspace for instant inspiration and entertainment.
The holidays are here and as this gardening year draws to a close, many gardeners are already looking ahead to the next growing season and the new plants they want to purchase.
In honor of the spirit of gardening (indoor and otherwise), here is a collection of gardening quotes to enjoy. Plants and the gardening hobby have always been a favorite topic of writers and poets alike, and one thing remains true-whether their garden is inside the home or in the yard, those who love growing things are proud to call themselves gardeners.
Take thy plastic spade, It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants, They are thy colours. ~William Mason, The English Garden, 1782
When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too. ~Linda Solegato
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 Ale
Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson
There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler
Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them. ~Victoria Glendinning
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
Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy. ~Astrid Alauda
On every stem, on every leaf,… and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897
Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise. ~Michael P. Garafalo
Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart. ~Russell Page
Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart. ~Karel Capek, The Gardener’s Year, translated by M. and R. Weatherall, 1931
Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul. ~Linda Solegato
It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience. It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn’t a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing. ~Eleanor Perényi, Green Thoughts, 1981
Just because you’ve only got houseplants doesn’t mean you don’t have the gardening spirit – I look upon myself as an indoor gardener. ~Sara Moss-Wolfe