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" 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. "
" A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee. "
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
" A generation before, it had been sagebrush and coyotes; a generation later, it was a burgeoning movie town. But for that brief idyllic time in 1910, Hollywood looked like the perfect place for a successful writer to settle down, build his dream house, and maybe do some gardening. "
" Perhaps the CDC should quit spending money on things like jazzercise, urban gardening, and massage therapy and direct that money to where it's appropriate in protecting the health of the American people. "
" May we agree that private life is irrelevant? Multiple, mixed, ambiguous at best - out of it we try to fashion the crystal clear, the singular, the absolute, and that is what is relevant; that is what matters. "
" There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer's day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air. "
" I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess. "
" Gardening has just sort of grown on me. I find it therapeutic. And I like smelly things. "
" I like solitary pursuits, such as reading or pottering about in the garden. "
" It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. "
Robert Louis Stevenson
" I have an armchair interest in gardening, but I don't like to get my knees dirty. I don't have a garden. "
" 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
" Somebody informed me recently that the key to every art, from writing to gardening to sculpture, is creativity. I beg to differ. "
Roy Blount, Jr.
" It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it! "
" The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love. "
" I'm mad about gardening. I have an allotment on the other side of Hampstead Heath, and I keep three hens in my garden. "
" I adore gardening and plan to take it up properly when I have a bit more time on my hands. Until then, I love pottering in garden centres. I'm totally low maintenance. I don't ask for fancy plants, just basic, long-lasting shrubs that look nice. But I am particular about flowers. "
" There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most. "
" I like the physical activity of gardening. It's kind of thrilling. I do a lot of weeding. "
" A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. "
" There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder. "
" Most people have to talk so they won't hear. "
" Very early, I thought I would go into music, but I was aware that it would bring a set of obstacles I didn't find particularly attractive. Also, I'm not a great performer! For a while, I thought I would do something in landscape gardening. But it was always fashion for me. "
" The English may love gardening and fishing, but they have never struck me as being close to nature. Their way of expression is 'the hollyhocks are awfully good' sort of thing, all done in very good taste. The savagery of nature is something they don't dwell upon. "
" I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation. "
" Garden as though you will live forever. "
" I love decorating my home. I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with. "
" One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being. "
" God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. "
" Sometimes, as is the case of peach and plum trees, which are often dwarfed, the plants are thrown into a flowering states, and then, as they flower freely year after year, they have little inclination to make vigorous growth. "
" I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. "