These short garden quotes, jokes, and puns are funny or light-hearted while others are more sentimental, expressing the heart of gardening. Have a look and find some new favorites.
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Garden Quotes: Funny & Meaningful
Garden and nature-inspired quotes have been shared for centuries. Some capture the funny side of life while others touch on the more sentimental we can all relate to.
If you are looking for humor, I started with funny or lighthearted sayings—some of them are quite cheeky—along with some garden riddles and puns.
You’ll also find a selection of more introspective quotes from various writers, gardeners, and poets.
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Funny or Lighthearted
“Gardening is cheaper than therapy. Until your spouse adds up the receipts.”
~Empress of Dirt
“Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.”
~Jean Jacques Rousseau
“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.”
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.”
“You know you’re a gardener when you’re happy to devote three months of your life growing tomatoes to save $1.27.”
“I am a gardener. What’s your superpower?”
~Empress of Dirt
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“Gardening requires lots of water—most of it in the form of perspiration.”
“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
“Money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy plants, and that’s the same thing.”
“I’ve always was afraid of gardening. But then I decided to grow a pear.”
“Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.”
“Housework is for people who don’t know how to garden.”
“The philosopher who said that work well done never needs doing over never weeded a garden.”
“When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.”
“When the going gets tough, the tough get growing.”
~Empress of Dirt
Garden Jokes & Puns
What’s a gardener’s favorite Beatles song?
Why did the trees need to take a nap?
Does anyone know a good place where I can buy a fern?
Asking for a frond.
With fronds like these, who needs anemones?
What do you get when you cross a four-leaf clover with poison ivy?
A rash of good luck.
What’s small, red, and whispers?
A hoarse radish.
What do you call a bee that is hard to understand?
A mumble bee.
What do you call a French baker’s favorite flower?
I wasn’t all that interested in gardening, but I planted a few seeds, and it grew on me.
I used to make lots of money clearing leaves from gardens.
I was raking it in.
Why should you avoid arguing with a cactus?
Too many great points.
How do trees use Facebook?
They log in.
What do you call a plain potato that talks a lot?
What’s the most popular dating app for trees?
Someone added soil to my allotment.
The plot thickens….
Garden Life Lessons
“You can bury any number of headaches in the garden.”
~Charles Barnard (1889)
“Without flowers, there would be no us.”
“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.”
“I like gardening. It’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” ~Alice Sebold | Get free printable here
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” ~Rudyard Kipling
“When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” ~Minnie Aumonier
“Do not spread the compost on the weeds.”
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners themselves.”
“Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.”
“I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.”
“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.”
“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
“The biggest obstacle to good gardening is the desire to know the answers and not the questions.”
“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.”
“A garden is a silent, loyal friend and a great listener.”
~Empress of Dirt
“Despite the gardener’s best intentions, Nature will improvise.”
“There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.”
“It’s amazing how many worries are lost while gardening.”
~Empress of Dirt
“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint and the soil and sky as canvas.”
“If you don’t have failure, you don’t why things are succeeding.”
“A person of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds.”
“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.”
~Henry David Thoreau
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
“I like gardening—it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.”
“Gardening situates you in a different kind of time, the antithesis of the agitating present of social media. Time becomes circular, not chronological; minutes stretch into hours; some actions don’t bear fruit for decades. The gardener is not immune to attrition and loss, but is daily confronted by the ongoing good news of fecundity. A peony returns, alien pink shoots thrusting from bare soil. The fennel self-seeds; there is an abundance of cosmos out of nowhere….
Is art resistance? Can you plant a garden to stop a war? It depends how you think about time. It depends what you think a seed does, if it’s tossed into fertile soil. But it seems to me that whatever else you do, it’s worth tending to paradise, however you define it and wherever it arises.”
My garden has been my pleasure, and a daily recreation since the spring opened for planting… Every plant one tends he falls in love with, and gets the glad response for all his attentions and pains. Books, persons even, are for the time set aside — studies and the pen. — Only persons of perennial genius attract or recreate as the plants, and of books we may say the same, as of the magic of solitude.
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~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
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