INSPIRATION TO HELP YOU SPROUT AN INTEREST IN GARDENING
Ah, spring: The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and Lowcountry gardeners are getting out their trowels and heading to the yard. Why do we spend countless hours pruning and planting? For some of us, it helps us put down roots in our communities. Others just can’t help themselves. Here, a few famous quotes on gardening to help spark an interest:
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Cicero, 106-43 B.C.
“When I go into my garden with a spade and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882
“I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant, I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.” — philosopher, mathematician and author Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970
IF YOU HAVE A GARDEN AND A LIBRARY, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED. — CICERO, 106-43 B.C.
“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, contemporary English garden writer
“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826
“I hold the firm belief that the purpose of a garden is to give happiness and repose of mind.” — English gardener and author Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1932
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” — English author and philosopher Iris Murdoch, 1919-1999
“A flower unplucked is but left to the falling and nothing is gained by not gathering roses.” — Robert Frost, 1874-1963
“Be careful not to suffer weeds to run up to seeds: wherefore ply weeding at the first peeping of the spring.” — English author and gardener John Evelyn, 1620-1706
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity … and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” — poet, engraver and painter William Blake, 1751-1827
“They come seeking many things including gardening inspiration, peace of mind and intellectual stimulation, but most of all, I believe they come in quest of beauty.” — Cason Callaway, creator of Callaway Gardens in Georgia, 1894-1961