Anecdotes About Gardeners


Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

From the Spirit of Gardening Website






Crouchers move through a garden at a stoop: naming, gasping, horraying,
admiring or coveting plants; Gapers saunter, smiling or sighing at what they find,
succumbing to an intangible beatitude that takes them for a brief escape into another dimension.  Both sorts of gardener are besotted; both get their hands dirty; think and
talk gardening; but on the threshold of another's garden,
each use a different set of whiskers.
-  Mirabel Osler, Gapers and Crouchers




All gardeners know better than other gardeners.
-  Chinese Proverb




If I'm ever reborn, I want to be a gardener—
there's too much to do for one lifetime! 
-   Karl Foerster




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There was always plenty to do in the garden, weeds to be yanked up between
the flower beds, holes to be dug for tulip bulbs.  Williams blended rich compost
into the soil, turning it over; or prepared to plant the sapling bought back from
a weekend trip to James Laughlin's country place in Norfork, Connecticut, or
Flossie's parent's farm near Harriman, New York.  Rooting around in the dark
earth was great exercise.  Williams carefully removed his white shirt and tie,
and when he had worked long enough so that sweat began to show through
his undershirt, it never failed, his mind was wonderfully cleared.  He washed
up, had a bite to eat, and was read for the next visitor.
-   Neil Baldwin, To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, The Doctor Poet, 1984, p. 160
William Carlos Williams, 9/17/1883 - 3/4/1963,
Pediatritian and Poet from Rutherford, New Jersey




The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic,
always enterprising, and never satisfied.  They always look forward
to doing something better than they have ever done before.
- Vita Sackville-West, 1892 - 1962




I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make
something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal,
to honor the earth, to leave a mark.  Through gardening, we feel whole
as we make our personal work of art upon our land.
-   Julie Moir Messervy, The Inward Garden, 1995, p.19




When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, 
but the gardeners themselves. 
-   Ken Druse





Always try to grow in your garden some plant or plants out of
the ordinary, something your neighbors never attempted.  For 
you can receive no greater flattery than to have a gardener of 
equal intelligence stand before your plant and ask, 
"What is that?" 

-   Richardson Wright 





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