These garden quotes, memes, and expressions are some favorites chosen by gardeners. Some are funny, others are quirky, a few are serious, and a couple are sarcastic.

If you are looking for signs, I have some good ideas for garden art signs here.

1Popular Gardening Expression – Revised Version

Gardening is cheaper than therapy** and you get tomatoes. **until your spouse adds up the receipts.

Now, I know therapy can be expensive, but gardening is not cheap! Completely worth it, but not cheap.

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2Gardener’s Recipe

Gardener’s recipe: one-part soil, two-parts water, three-parts wishful thinking.

3Nothing is Perfect

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.

4Take Delight

Take delight in little things.

Want to learn how to hand-feed wild birds? This has tips to get your started.

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5I Like Gardening

I like gardening—it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself. ~Alice Sebold

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Housework is for people who don’t know how to garden.


7A Loyal Friend

A garden is a silent, loyal friend and a great listener.


It’s amazing how many worries are lost while gardening.


Where flowers bloom, so does hope. ~Lady Bird Johnson


A weed is a plant that has mastered every skill except for learning how to grow in rows. ~Doug Larson

11Weather Lesson

Take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

12Get Growin’

When the going gets tough, the tough get growin’.


To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves. ~Mahatma Gandhi

14Time Outside

Time outside each day—keeps the doctor away.

15Think Outside

Think outside. No box required.

Recommended Resources

These are some of my favorite books on plant propagation. They have photo tutorials for growing plants from a variety of methods. Once you know the basics, it’s super fun and addictive.

Grow Your Own Garden by Carol Klein was the first one I bought and still the one I refer to most.


16Speeding By

Summer should be issued speeding tickets.

17Garden Speak

A few plants short of a flat. If you are new to gardening, it’s the same thing as saying someone is a few bricks short of a load.

If you are new to garden speak, this offers simple definitions for garden terms.

18Time Spent

Never underestimate the value of time spent in nature.


Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

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20Greatest Show

Nature: the greatest show on earth and admission is free.

21Funny Greatest Show

Nature: the greatest show on earth and admission is free. And sometimes it’s rather amusing!

22No Hurry

Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.


May you never have a problem greater than time in the garden can heal.

24Lost & Found

Nature is the best Lost & Found. Lose your worries. Find yourself.

25Look Deep

Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

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26Life’s Adventures

It is life’s adventures that give us our sense of belonging.


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~Aristotle

28Yes Indeed

You can bury any number of headaches in a garden. ~Charles Barnard (1889)

Charles wrote a guide to urban vegetable garden in the Victorian era.

29Gardening is the Art

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas. ~Elizabeth Murray

30Roses on My Table

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman


I’d rather have wildflowers on my table than diamonds on my neck. But, if you’re offering, let’s cash them in and buy plants. ~Empress of Dirt

32It Just Blooms

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.

33Deeds Not Words

A person of words and not deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.

34Plant in Threes

A good gardener always plants in threes. One for the bugs, one for the weather, and one for herself.


The philosopher who said ‘work well done never needs doing over’ never weeded a garden. Or cleaned a house, or …

36Everything Worth Knowing

Everything worth knowing can be found in nature.

37Wild and Free

All good things are wild and free. ~Henry David Thoreau

~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛