„Verily, there needs a gardener, and many gardens.“
„I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.“
— Frances Hodgson Burnett English-American childrens' playwright and author 1849 - 1924
— George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948
Context: There are many different kinds of writers, I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like and where all the closets are going to be, where the plumbing is going to run, and everything is figured out on the blueprints before they actually begin any work whatsoever. And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it. They sort of know what seed they've planted — whether it's an oak or an elm, or a horror story or a science fiction story, but they don't how big it's going to be, or what shape it's going to take. I am much more a gardener than an architect. Audio Interview http://www.geekson.com/archives/archiveepisodes/2006/episode080406.htm with Geekson http://www.geekson.com in Episode 54, (4 August 2006)
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
To Varro, in Ad Familiares IX, 4
— Charles Dudley Warner American writer 1829 - 1900
„The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.“
— Alfred Austin British writer and poet 1835 - 1913
As quoted in Growing with the Seasons (2008) by Frank & Vicky Giannangelo, p. 115.
„The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but grows to the enduring happiness that the love of gardening gives.“
— Gertrude Jekyll garden designer, artist 1843 - 1932
As quoted in Dig, Plant, and Grow! (2009) by Louise Spilsbury, p. 13
„We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners.“
— Gerald Durrell naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter 1925 - 1995
Context: We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. We have not bothered to acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of gardening. By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors. We go on, year after year, all over the world, creating dust bowls and erosion, cutting down forests and overgrazing our grasslands, polluting one of our most vital commodities — water — with industrial filth and all the time we are breeding with the ferocity of the Brown Rat, and wondering why there is not enough food to go round. We now stand so aloof from nature that we think we are God. This has always been a dangerous supposition.
„Thus up from the garden to the Gardener, from the sword to the Smith. to the life-giving Life and the Beauty that makes beautiful.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Context: But perhaps I lack the gift. I see I've described her as being like a sword. That's true as far as it goes. But utterly inadequate by itself, and misleading. I ought to have said 'But also like a garden. Like a nest of gardens, wall within wall, hedge within hedge, more secret, more full of fragrant and fertile life, the further you explore.' And then, of her, and every created thing I praise, I should say 'in some way, in its unique way, like Him who made it.' Thus up from the garden to the Gardener, from the sword to the Smith. to the life-giving Life and the Beauty that makes beautiful.
„The idea that paradise, the proper habitat of a human being, is a walled garden – is a good one. It's an echo back to the chaos/order idea. Walls: culture. Garden: nature. The proper human habitat is a properly tended garden.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962