18 Garden Verses

A collection of garden verses for you to enjoy and to reflect on. As with their gardens, gardeners have a way with words especially when it comes to describing their gardens.

Short but quick easy to read verses but ones that any gardener will relate to. Send a verse to your favorite gardener!

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  1. Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen,
    Delightful industry enjoy'd at home,
    An Nature, in her cultivated trim
    Dress'ed to his taste, inviting him abroad -
    Can he want occupation who has these?
    William Cowper



  2. How fair is a garden amid
the toils and passions of existence.
Benjamin Disraeli


  3. I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
    I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
    Robert Bridges



  4. When the south wind, in May days,
    With a net of shining haze
    Silvers the horizon wall.
    And with softness touching all,
    Tints the human countenance
    With the color of romance,
    And infusing subtle heats.
    Turns the sod to violets,
    Thou, in sunny solitudes.
    Rover of the underwoods.
    The green silence dost displace
    With thy mellow, breezy bass.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, verse from The Humble-Bee



  5. With a few flowers in my garden,
    half a dozen pictures
    and some books,
    I live without envy.
    Lope de Vega



  6. We learn from our gardens
    to deal with the most
    urgent question of the time:
    How much is enough?
    Wendell Berry



  7. He who plants a garden plants happiness.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden.
Chinese Proverbs


  8. With rake and seeds and sower,
    And hoe and line and reel,
    When the meadows shrill with "peeping"
    And the old world wakes from sleeping,
    Who wouldn't be a grower
    That has any heart to feel?
    Frederick Frye Rockwell



  9. When I dance, I dance,
    when I sleep, I sleep;
    yes, and when I walk
    alone in a beautiful orchard,
    if my thoughts drift to far-off matters
    for some part of the time,
    for some other part I lead them back
    again to the walk, the orchard,
    to the sweetness of this solitude,
    to myself.
    Montaigne



  10. If you wish to be happy for a day, get drunk;
    If you wish to be happy for a week, kill a pig;
    If you wish to be happy for a month, get married;
    If you wish to happy for ever and ever, make a garden.
    Chinese Proverb



  11. There's a garden where the peppers
    Were all growing on the vine,
    The tomatoes and the pumpkins
    And the string beans, very fine.
    Harmony had been so perfect
    In this garden where they grew;
    And the sunshine and the showers
    Came to nourish them, they knew.
    Each one praised the others' beauty,
    Praised their colors and their shapes,
    From the tiny, little onion
    To the luscious, purple grapes...
    Gertrude Tooley Buckingham



  12. It takes so little to make me happy: An hour of planting cucumbers squash tomatoes is an hour filled with gold. Alice Walker


  13. An acre of land between the shore and the hills.
    A garden I need never go beyond,
    Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one
    Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun.
    Edward Thomas



  14. Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees
    That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees,
    So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray
    For the Glory of the Garden that it may not pass away!
    Rudyard Kipling



  15. The light and the deep, the red and the white, should be spaced apart;
    The early and the late should likewise be planted in due order.
    My desire is, throughout the four seasons, to bring wine along,
    And not to let a single day pass without some flower opening.
    Ou-Yang Hsiu



  16. I have a garden of my own
    But so with roses overgrown,
    And lilies, that you would it guess
    To be a little wilderness.
    Andrew Marvell



  17. Who loves a garden, loves a green-house too,
    Unconscious of a less propitious clime
    There blooms exotic beauty, warm and snug,
    While the winds whistle and the snow descends.
    William Cowper



  18. My lilac trees are old and tall;
    I cannot reach their bloom at all.
    They send their perfume over trees
    And roof and streets, to find the bees.
    Louise Driscoll



  19. A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
    its loveliness increases;
    it will never pass into nothingness.
    John Keats



  20. Even for the dead I will not bind
    My soul to grief - death cannot long divide:
    For is it not as if the rose had climbed
    My garden wall, and blossomed on the other side?
    Alice Cary



  21. a dedication for an album or scrapbook:
  22. My Album is a garden spot
    Where all my friends may sow,
    Where thorns and thistles flourish not,
    But flowers alone may grow.
    With smiles for sunshine, tears for showers,
    I'll water, watch and guard these flowers.
    Go forth, thou little volume,
    I leave thee to thy fate;
    To love and friendship truly
    Thy leaves I dedicate.
    Poet Unknown

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