Thursday, January 13, 2011

Three for Thursday: Quotations for Gardeners

Thank you, Baby Sister!
The wonderful amazing Dr Laura, my generous and indulgent sister, sent me a little book of GARDEN LOVERS QUOTATIONS recently.  Edited by Helen Exley and published by Exley Publications in 1992, this slim volume contains words of wisdom and humor from poets, statesmen, royalty, garden writers, novelists and more.  Although there were many whose names I did not recognize, I recognized myself and my fellow gardeners in almost all of the quotes.  So today I thought I'd share three of my favorites with you.

"And there will you have a little garden and a well which will be so easy to get at that you can water your seedlings without having to use bucket and rope. There you will live, becoming fond of the hoe, tending your tidy garden which will produce enough for you to give a banquet to a hundred vegetarians. It is something, in whatever place, in whatever corner, to have become the lord and master of even one single lizard."
JUVENAL (60-140 AD)

"It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.  You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not."
W.C. SELLAR & R.J. YEATMAN, Garden Rubbish

My absolute favorite:
"In Houston, Texas, bandleader Buddy Brock is so fanatical about the quality of his compost that a neighbor said, 'I hope I'm never run over in front of Brock's house. He'd throw me on the compost heap and then boast about what a good source of minerals I was.'"
from Newsweek

 


6 comments:

Gail said...

That last quote is a keeper for sure Cindy! I love garden quotes and am always amused by the things people say about gardening and especially about their gardens~ Please keep sharing them with us~ gail

Nancy said...

LOL.. I love the compost quote, not just because we're from Houston, but because..well....good minerals for the compost bin are so hard to get...

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

LOL! I love them. What a great little book.

Leslie said...

That sounds like a fun book! "Fond of the hoe" reminds me of someone....

Carol said...

That first quote resonates...

Rose said...

What a lovely gift! I enjoy garden quotes, especially finding someone who has put into eloquent words exactly what I am feeling. The last one is so funny, though; the thought of being cremated and my ashes spread on the garden has crossed my mind:)