Compiled by Wayne Handlos PhD

Earth laughs in flowers. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hamatreya)


Such geraniums! It does not become us poor mortals to be vain�but, really, my geraniums! (Mary Mitford, Our Village)


Perfumes are the feelings of flowers. (Heinrich Heine, The Hartz Journey)


The pleasures, the ecstasies, of the horticulturist are harmless and pure; a streak, a tint,a shade, become his triumph, � secured alone by morning care, by evening caution, and the vigilance of days. (E. Jesse)


The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession. (Phyllis McGinley, The Province of the Heart)


I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel. (Fran Lebowitz)


Flowers changed the face of the planet. Without them, the world we know�even man himself�would never have existed. (Loren Eiseley)


Everything is handsome about the geranium not excepting its name. (Leigh Hunt)


Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets? (L.M. Montgomery)


Compared to gardeners, I think it is generally agreed that others understand very little about anything. (Henry Mitchell)


Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. (Erma Bombeck)


I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I work in the garden. (John Erskine)


The doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines. (Frank Lloyd Wright)


The kiss of the wind for lumbago, the stab of the thorn for mirth, one is nearer to death in the garden than anywhere else on earth. (Eleanor Perenyi)


He wanted a flower garden of yellow daisies because they were the only flower which resembled the face of his wife and the sun of his love. (Bessie Head)


Red geraniums were invented to show that even a flower could be hideous. (William Morris)


Green plants are tender and filled with sap. At their death they are withered and dry. Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of

death, the gentle and yielding is the disciple of life. (Lao-tzu)


Life begins on the day you start a garden. (Chinese proverb)


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