Manor Farm. Photo: Jason Ingram

10 of the best garden quotes

As the famous Roman statesman Cicero once said, 'if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.' Here are a selection of garden quotes to fill you with inspiration for the great outdoors.

Need a boost to get out in the garden, come rain or shine? Here, a selection of famous names share their wisdom when it comes to gardening. From authors to painters, these quotes remind us how creative, meditative and restorative gardening can be.

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For more on art and gardens, why not check out our piece focusing on artistic representations of gardens through the ages.  And here is a chance to tour some of the world’s best gardens from your sofa. 

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in - what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.'
from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Gardening has this embracing quality in that it colours the way you look at the world.
from Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively (1933-)
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
― from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
Cothay Manor. Photo by Jason Ingram
Cothay Manor © Jason Ingram
My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
I have seen women looking at jewellery ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

― from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (1955-)

Blackland House
Blackland House © Jason Ingram
Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC-43BC)
He plants trees to benefit another generation.
Caecilius Statius (220BC-167BC)