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" A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. "
" No one will understand a Japanese garden until you've walked through one, and you hear the crunch underfoot, and you smell it, and you experience it over time. Now there's no photograph or any movie that can give you that experience. "
J. Carter Brown
" In search of my mother's garden, I found my own. "
" The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous. "
" I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren't really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening. "
" It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. "
" I also like to garden. I grow things, vegetables, flowers... I particularly like orchids. I raise orchids. "
" Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts. "
" I'm mad about gardening. I have an allotment on the other side of Hampstead Heath, and I keep three hens in my garden. "
" Do you know that charming part of our country which has been called the garden of France - that spot where, amid verdant plains watered by wide streams, one inhales the purest air of heaven? "
Alfred de Vigny
" A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. "
" Garden as though you will live forever. "
" Software is like gardening - one day I'll go behind the shed and clean up. But if nobody ever goes there, does it matter a lot? "
" Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. "
" Because I am really interested in gardening, I do really interesting plants, not even always flowers. And because I have grown them, I really know them like friends. I paint everything from exotic orchids to rosehips growing wild in a hedge. They just have to speak to me. "
" How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening. "
" I need my friends, I need my house, I need my garden. "
" Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings - sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time. "
" Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear, nothing is going to happen. You have to be clear. Then you have to be confident about your vision. And after that, you just have to put a lot of work in. "
Diane von Furstenberg
" When a finished work of 20th century sculpture is placed in an 18th century garden, it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past, thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us. "
" I still love farming and gardening and things like that in the summertime. "
" I love Michel Roux, Jr., and James Martin - the chefs who are experts in their own right, like Rick Stein on fish. But I don't watch them very much because I don't think it's fair for my husband to be in a total food environment all the time! So we watch programmes about gardening more. "
" I read, go for walks and I love to garden. My hands are such a mess. People think I should have movie star hands, but they're just gardening ones. Always slightly grubby and with a bit of dirt under the fingernails. "
" Gardening is not my thing. You're digging in the dirt, and then a couple of months later, something happens. "
" There's something about beautiful moments in sports that alters our experience of time. And I'd say the same thing about poetry and gardening. Gardening slows me down. I want to stop and observe everything. "
" I loved to get all dusty and ride horses and plant potatoes and cotton. "
" Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. "
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
" Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. "
A. A. Milne
" A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. "
" I came to London. I spent nine months doing domestic work and gardening because I knew I wanted to get a West End show. So, when I was offered jobs in Stoke or Leicester or whatever, I'd say no. Eventually, I got 'Godspell.' It was gently building. "
" I think in the same way when I'm cooking, when I'm gardening, when I'm choosing fabrics. It's a way of living. "
Dries van Noten